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As an author who lives far from the place where I was born, and write stories with particular locations in mind, I must imagine the landscape or use photographs to get my creative juices flowing. Photos are story telling devises that can help me expand the fictional world and offer a slice of life andContinue reading “Exploring location and cultural heritage through photography”
Hector Abad Faciolince is one of Colombia’s most acclaimed authors today. His latest novel The Farm, has been translated into English. In Spanish, the title of the book is La Oculta – the hidden, a suitable name for the large estate owned by the Angel family. The farm, with its lush agricultural land and anContinue reading “Book Review – The Farm by Hector Abad Faciolince”
How do people recover from political violence in places where democratic participation has been undermined? This is a question I’ve asked myself for years. How can we repair our hurt when one fell swoop changes our lives? What happens when due to a lack of protection of our individual rights, violence is able to viciouslyContinue reading “Tell the Truth About the Past”
After a tight race, with voters having to wait weeks for the results to be verified, despite cries of voter fraud, Pedro Castillo of the socialist Peru Libre party was declared the next Peruvian President. Pedro Castillo assumes office July 28th for a five-year term. It is the day the country celebrates the 200th anniversaryContinue reading “Newly Elected Peruvian President Asked to Proceed with Caution”
In countries plagued with poverty it is common to find children living on the street. In Peru it is mostly boys who live on the streets. Many of these children are forced out of their homes due to hunger, neglect, parent’s unemployment or underemployment, and dysfunctional households experiencing domestic abuse. These children usually find groupsContinue reading “Street Children”
Presidential elections in Peru will take place on June 6, 2021. Two candidates representing extreme ideological positions are on the ballot. Politically, there is something bizarre going on and this may be occuring because the public is disgusted by years of ineffective governance. Four presidents elected since 2000, after President Alberto Fujimori stepped down, includingContinue reading “Peru Presidential Elections”
People who have been enforced to disappear from the face of the earth during civil conflict have finally gotten respect. Years back, those who went missing were rarely identified even though relatives demanded answers about their whereabouts. Nowadays, forensic anthropologists work diligently to find the places where people could have been laid to rest. ToContinue reading “Unheard and unseen”
Let me tell you about the person that inspired me to tell the story I write about in my book In the Belly of the Horse. I was in Santiago, Chile visiting the house of poet laureate Pablo Neruda, today a museum, and needed a ride back to town thirty minutes away. (By the wayContinue reading “Inspiration”
Societal issues are discussed in contemporary fiction – read about my thoughts about Isabel Allende’s book A Long Petal of the Sea.
In my book In the Belly of the Horse I imagine my characters living under difficult circumstances at a particular period in history. But I don’t situate them in Chile, where I am from, and where people had lived through a similar chaos decades before. Instead I take the reader to Peru, the country whereContinue reading “About my First Book”
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