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Israel Centeno

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Israel Centeno

Israel Centeno (Caracas, 1958) has published thirteen books, mostly novels, but also short fiction and poetry. Through his narratives he conveys a sense of the many shortcomings of a society that feeds on grandiose historical myths that lead to poverty and violence. His fictions also accommodate his own experiences as an exile. His most outstanding work to date is to be found in the novels Calletania (Monte Ávila, 1992; Periférica, 2010), Exilio en Bowery (Troya, 1998; Nuevo Espacio, New Jersey, 2000), El Complot (Alfadil, 2002), and Bajo las hojas (Alfaguara, 2010). He has published two books of short stories: El rabo del diablo y otros cuentos (Eclepsidra, 1993) and Criaturas de la noche (Alfaguara, 2000, 2011). He currently lives, with his wife and two daughters, in Pittsburgh, where until 2013 he has been Exiled Writer in Residence in City of Asylum. Sampsonia Way has published his novel The Conspiracy in an English translation by Guillermo Parra.

Articles by Israel Centeno

The Witness
By Israel Centeno
He rested in wildflower-whelmed cemeteries in the yards of wooden churches.—José Antonio Ramos Sucre, “El peregrino de la fe”When I chanced upon a weblog, whose text was also…
Translated from Spanish by Valerie Miles
Multilingual
A Pornomilitary Romanza
By Israel Centeno
II’m Eleazar, and when I suffer through nights with asthma and a runny nose, all I think about is Vitico’s sister, Silvana. My heart stops when I remember her, my lungs stop, my dreams stop,…
Translated from Spanish by Valerie Miles
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