Grand Nocturno

 

A sad/melancholic ESL instructor teaches English to Puerto Rican soldiers who have enlisted and are on their way to Viet Nam. At the same time, he dreams about writing the “great American novel.” A serial killer – a truck driver – whose route takes him through the Big Sur area of California and who has all kinds of bizarre ideas about how Elvis Presley planned his own death. A tale about the encounter between a con man who sells blood to clinics in New York and a once famous tango dancer is set in the Caribbean of the 1950s and involves Juan Perón. A letter from far away reveals rampant crime and prostitution amidst a nostalgic look at Buenos Aires at the close of the 20th century. The story of two popes who dress as beggars and set out early each morning to look for young immigrant boys… these are just a few of the very personal stories that are included in Grand Nocturno.

With profound psychological insight and a great diversity of stylistic devices, Vera writes of the precariousness of those who have no other shelter than the night and its infinity of stars.

“A disturbing collection of stories. Vera Alvarez ‘s prose oozes authenticity on all four sides, lived life from within.” -José Abreu Felippe

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Lado B

 

Lado B is the story of Yaneira, a young woman who wants to escape her life as a prostitute and open a beauty salon. In order to obtain the money needed to do this, she decides to marry Carmona, an illegal immigrant who has lived in Miami for seven years. Both she and Carmona see an opportunity in each other as well as the only possibility of becoming successful in a country where, as immigrants, they have never felt welcome.

The preparations for the wedding take place on the street corners, in the cafeterias, and in the bars along Washington Avenue, Collins, and Española Way. Each day brings some small pleasures as well as lots of unhappiness to these two.

“A true picture of Miami today.” -Edmundo Paz Soldán.

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Viaje One Way

Miami, Florida Everyone talks about this southernmost major city of the United States. Now, at last, Miami has its own book. Viaje One Way (A One-Way Journey) is the first literary anthology by authors from Miami to be published in the 21st century. Writers from different countries in Latin America and from Spain who have become assimilated yet still share commonalities reveal in their writings a Miami that is much more complex than is generally thought.

Authors such as José Ignacio Valenzuela (Chile), Eli Bravo (Venezuela), Rosana Ubanell (Spain), Gastón Virkel (Argentina), Rodolfo Pérez Valero (Cuba), Rossana Montoya (Peru), Camilo Pino (Venezuela), José Abreu Felippe (Cuba), Carlos Gámez Pérez (Spain), Andrés Hernández Alende (Cuba), Vera (Argentina), and Pedro Medina León (Peru) have contributed to this anthology.

“Viaje One Way puts a microphone to the voices of those whose lives we can most closely relate to, yet don’t hear enough from”  —Allan Guzmán. (more…)

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