"He was like a man who had served a term in prison or had been to Harvard College or had lived for a long time with foreigners in South America."
― Carson McCullers on Jake Blount, in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
After graduating from Harvard, I worked in Venezuela and other Latin American countries, finally getting a Ph.D. in sociology (Northwestern U.) and teaching and writing on Latin American themes. I began writing fiction later, including a book of short stories, Welcome to My Contri (reviewed in New York Times, 1988) and many other stories in print and online journals. I have also written five nonfiction books on Latin America. I started out wanting to change the world, then I decided maybe I should first try to understand it, and so became a sociology professor. Finally I decided I could understand it best by participating in its dialogues as a writer, and could try to understand other people's lives by imagining them, in fiction. But to keep checking my data base, to keep my fiction attuned to reality, I still do sociology: research and writing. In the course of these explorations, I've learned to speak French, passably, and Spanish very well; now I'm trying to learn a little Turkish (it has to do with my latest novel, which will soon appear in Turkish translation). I live in southeastern Spain.
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Welcome to My Contri
A new, expanded edition of what The New York Times Book Review described as a “frequently powerful collection of short stories" of Latin America that "leaves us thoroughly wrung out — and aware that we are in the presence of a formidable new writer.”
A Gift for the Sultan
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A Gift for the Sultan is a story of Christians versus Muslims, cosmopolitans versus anti-urbanites, the conflicts within each group, and the surprising complicities between supposed foes. Based on the true history of the siege of Constantinople in 1402 and the battle of Ankara, with a cast of historical figures and fictional composite characters.
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- The Danger and The Enemy
on June 08, 2011
The Danger: Alfred Benting tries to flee death from radiation poisoning by escaping with a fellow mortally-ill patient from the clinic of the research Center for Nuclear Fission where they and a third man all suffered an undescribed accident. The novel is his fears, scattered impressions of his surroundings, and bits of memory of his past that he chooses not to dwell on — he is a man who has fled life as he now flees death.