This sense of absence pervades the characters’ ideas of national identity — all of them are personally defined by things they lacked in their pasts, either symbolically, literally, or both.
What happens when a “piteously naked” philosopher-turned-poet decides to pursue philosophy in the form of verse?
In "His Own Man," nations, like the individuals therein, adapt and change such that their contemporary states bear little resemblance to their earlier incarnations.
I explained at the top of my voice that my daughter had disappeared.
His father had just been taken down from the branch of a ceiba tree.
Inside the trunk was another lifeless body.
No one can understand what is going on in Guatemala.
I go in and out of memories as one fighting to stay awake.
“He really looks like his monkey, doesn’t he?”
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