Guerra en la Penumbra


by Daniel Alarcón

On Sale: 05/31/2005

Guerra en la Penumbra


by Daniel Alarcón

On Sale: 05/31/2005


About the Book

En el mundo, algo extraño está sucediendo: hay movimientos masivos de gente, lenguas y culturas que crecen dislocadas entre guerras y economías en crisis. En pocas palabras, nuestro mundo está cambiando. En este asombroso libro de cuentos, Daniel Alarcón transporta al lector de los centros urbanos tercermundistas a las líneas fragmentadas que muchas veces dividen naciones y personas. Un terrorista sin remordimientos recuerda sus comienzos, un posible inmigrante contempla las consecuencias de irse y no volver jamás, un reportero cambia su lápiz y papel por el trágico disfraz de un payaso callejero. Son guerras tanto nacionales como internas, que se llevan a cabo en la selva, en las calles de Lima o en la intimidad de un apartamento neoyorquino. Son vidas que se viven al margen del mundo globalizado y sin globalizar, son las historias de quienes constantemente viajan entre mundos diferentes sin jamás sentirse del todo en casa. Guerra en la Penumbra ilumina las grietas con las que todos tropezamos en el mundo moderno. Daniel Alarcón es un talento excepcional, una voz difícil de olvidar una vez el libro llega a su extraordinario y devastador desenlace.

Critical Praise

“It was bound to happen: the great new Latin American voice writes in English. Daniel Alarcón’s surprising and adrenaline-filled short stories not only put him immediately on the map, they turn the damn map upside down.” — Alberto Fuguet, author of The Movies of My Life

“Powerful, poetic, and bold. I loved it.” — Chris Offutt

War by Candlelight is frighteningly unpretentious and direct, as it mines a territory all its own. These stories bare luminous and mundane messages of new worlds with equal aplomb. An inspiring debut.” — Ernesto Quinonez, author of Chango's Fire and Bodega Dreams

“In War by Candlelight, each story blends with the next so that finally they all seem like plays within one greater play about the natural limits, both personal and historical, of unfair warfare. Mr. Alarcon wrote this collection of stories in his early 20s, and yet he has written stories about isolation and stultifying grief as if his soul has the normal scarred layout of a 48 year old divorced father of two dead sons. These stories are knowledgeable and mock sentimentality when they show us how so many occasions in life are merely small rehearsals for death.”  — Joe Loya, author of The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell

“Alarcon returned to Peru on a Fulbright and now evokes the sorrows and beauty of that ravaged land with a precision and steadiness that stand in inverse proportion to the magnitude of the losses he so powerfully dramatizes.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Alarcón draws on the plight of Lima’s poor and the hopes of New York’s immigrants in this raw first collection.” — New York Times Book Review

“The engaging stories in Daniel Alarcon’s debut collection, War By Candlelight, draw on Peru’s violent history, the plight of Lima’s poor and the hopes of immigrants in New York. They are finely crafted fiction, rich in feelings and images. . . . vivid with precise details.” — Chicago Tribune

“Precise, searing language and immediately embraceable characters...Alarcón’s skill with language and his eye for the beautiful tragedy of the human condition are on brilliant display in War By Candlelight." — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] raw debut collection filled with dislocated, dutiful souls.” — Entertainment Weekly

“However difficult it may be for a person to straddle two cultures, it’s an advantage for a writer—an advantage Alarcón exploits with a technical skill and a maturity of feeling that belie his age. . . . Like all good short-story writers, he has the gift of compression, of reducing ideas to images. Striking details are what we remember best from War by Candlelight.” — Los Angeles Times

“Fearless and electric . . . [Alarcón's] prose is alive with the seen: the large and dramatic, but also the peripheral glimpse, like neighborhood kids lacing up their cheap sneakers. . . . [He] is a master delineator of place. When he puts us there, when his city becomes our city, the stunner is that everything is instantly recognizable. That’s how we know he has stolen our minds.” — Dallas Morning News

“Daniel Alarcón’s stories transcend any label. He moves beyond any designation. The stories are by turns gritty and elegant, startling and stunning. . . . War by Candlelight attests to this writer’s talents to dangle shadowy visions before us while swooping down to light the way to the next story.” — San Antonio Express-News


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060758875
  • ISBN 10: 0060758872
  • Imprint: Rayo
  • On Sale: 05/31/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price:17.50 CAD
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / War & Military
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
  • BISAC5 : FICTION / Southern
  • BISAC6 : FICTION / Hispanic & Latino
  • BISAC7 : FICTION: World Literature / American / 21st Century
  • BISAC8 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / American / General
  • BISAC9 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC10 : FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)

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