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- DescriptionTime Commences in Xibalba tells the story of a violent village crisis in Guatemala sparked by the return of a prodigal son, Pascual. He had been raised tough by a poor, single mother in the village before going off with the military. When Pascual comes back, he is changed both scarred and enlightened by his experiences. To his eyes, the village has remained frozen in time. After experiencing alternative cultures in the wider world, he finds that he is both comforted and disgusted by the village s lingering indigeus characteristics. De Lion manages to tell this volatile story by blending several modes, moods, and voices so that the vel never falls into the expected narrative line. It wrenches the reader s sense of time and identity by refusing the conventions of voice and character to depict a new, multi-layered periphery. This vel demands that we leave preconceptions about indigeus culture at the front cover and be ready to come out the other side t only with a completely different understanding of indigeneity in Latin America, but also with a much wider understanding of how supposedly peripheral peoples actually impact the modern world. The first translation into English of this thought-provoking vel includes a conluding essay by the translator suggesting that a helpful approach for the reader might be to see the work as enacting the never-quite-there poetics of translation underlying Guatemala s indigeus heart. An afterword by Arturo Arias, the leading thinker on Indigeus modernities in Guatemala, offers important approaches to interpreting this challenging vel by showing how Guatemala s colonial legacy cant escape its racial overtones and sexual undertones as the nation-state struggles to find a suitable place in the modern world.
- Author BiographyLuis de Lion was a primary teacher who worked in rural schools in various parts of Guatemala and later taught classes at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City. On May 15, 1984, he was kidnapped by a death squad of the Guatemalan dictatorship as part of the anti-insurgency dirty war, because much of what he wrote was critical of the Guatemalan government. He is presumed to have been killed three weeks later. Born and raised in Guatemala, translator Nathan C. Henne now teaches Latin American Studies and Spanish at Loyola University New Orleans.
- Author(s)Luis De Lion
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication15/09/2012
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight204 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Translated byNathan C. Henne
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