This phantasmal, complex novel of ideas takes place in a “wild, precipitous landscape”
Current events can make us wonder: In times of tremendous violence, do literary questions and conflicts matter at all?
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.
"He had this sudden realization that what was happening in Hama was happening now."
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.
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