Manuel Montenegro's first novel comes after 40 years of seeing instead of saying. This photographer-cinematographer-adventurer-tightrope walker-burlesque performer spent his entire life without a clear purpose but observing the world around him and capturing it, for better or for worse, in still and moving pictures.
Nevertheless, he learned that things were not as gorgeous as they looked nor as hideous as they might have been documented for human eyes.
Manuel Montenegro has performed an unconventional life filled with light, images and scenes; becoming an impartial witness to the beauty of a world traumatized by science and greed. His legacy was once captured on film and digital media; and, today, when he thinks he knows people, he portrays the sloppiness of life as it is, in pants down conversation; helping us realize how much fun it could be if we mastered the neglected talent of laughing at ourselves.
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Cuckoo Heart. An immigrant tale.
by Manuel Montenegro
Cuckoo Heart is a story; sometimes hilarious others dramatic, about human behavior, tolerance, sex and egoism; coming to prove that we are all very much alike and differences are merely conceptual. Cuckoo Heart crudely disrobes people's behavior and emotions free of any honey coatings and patronizing moralism, making its readers take sides and identify their own virtues and misery.
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