La diáspora

Horacio Castellanos Moya, 1957-

Book - 2018

Horacio Castellanos Moya's literary debut which narrates the downfall of the Left who took part in the Salvadoran revolution. The tempestuous deaths of the Salvadoran Revolutionary Front's two main leaders in April 1983 shattered the Party's foundations. Among the dissident voices are intellectuals and artists like Juan Carlos who fled to Mexico City in early 1984, and where he waits for Canada's decision to accept him as a political refugee. Alongside Juan Carlos and in the ...same Mexico City limbo, we see various other characters marked by the Salvadoran civil war: a young ex-guerrilla who fled the repression, an Argentine journalist who wants to write a book about the conflict, and a musician who supported the revolutionary propaganda from exile and now lives haunted by the guilt. Through the protagonists' past and their current lives, along with the deaths of three guerrillas like Melida Anaya Montes, Salvador Cayetano Carpio, and Roque Dalton, this remarkable novel gives a great account of the Left's downfall, and also of the ongoing diaspora created by the armed conflict.

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Subjects
Genres
Political fiction
Historical fiction
Published
Barcelona : Literatura Random House 2018.
Language
Spanish
Item Description
Novel.
Originally published 1988 in Latin America.
H. Castellanos Moya, Honduran writer.
Physical Description
156 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN
9788439734567
8439734565
Main Author
Horacio Castellanos Moya, 1957- (author)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

El debut literario de Horacio Castellanos Moya que narra la degradación de los izquierdistas que participaron en la revolución salvadoreña.

Las turbulentas muertes de los dos principales líderes del frente revolucionario salvadoreño durante los llamados «sucesos de abril» de 1983, han fracturado los cimientos del Partido. Entre las voces disidentes hay intelectuales y artistas, como es el caso de Juan Carlos, huido de El Salvador e instalado en Ciudad de México a comienzos de 1984, donde espera conseguir que Canadá le acepte como refugiado político.

Junto a Juan Carlos confluyen en el limbo que es Ciudad de México un elenco de personajes marcados por la guerra civil salvadoreña: un joven exguerrillero que huyó de la represión y anhela reincorporarse a la lucha armada, un periodista argentino que tuvo que huir de la dictadura militar de su país y sueña con escribir el gran libro sobre la revolución centroamericana y un músico que abanderó el mensaje revolucionario en el exilio y malvive carcomido por la culpabilidad y los recuerdos.

A través del presente y el pasado de sus protagonistas y de las muertes de los guerrilleros Mélida Anaya Montes, Salvador Cayetano Carpio y Roque Dalton, esta novela impresionante da buena cuenta de la degradación de los izquierdistas, así como de la diáspora sin tregua que el conflicto originó y que es, en definitiva, una de las secuelas de cualquier guerra. La diáspora, debut literario de Horacio Castellanos Moya, se publica por primera vez fuera de El Salvador en una edición revisada por el propio autor.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

Horacio Castellanos Moya’s literary debut which narrates the downfall of the Left who took part in the Salvadoran revolution.

The tempestuous deaths of the Salvadoran Revolutionary Front’s two main leaders in April 1983 shattered the Party’s foundations. Among the dissident voices are intellectuals and artists like Juan Carlos who fled to Mexico City in early 1984, and where he waits for Canada’s decision to accept him as a political refugee.

Alongside Juan Carlos and in the same Mexico City limbo, we see various other characters marked by the Salvadoran civil war: a young ex-guerrilla who fled the repression, an Argentine journalist who wants to write a book about the conflict, and a musician who supported the revolutionary propaganda from exile and now lives haunted by the guilt.

Through the protagonists’ past and their current lives, along with the deaths of three guerrillas like Melida Anaya Montes, Salvador Cayetano Carpio, and Roque Dalton, this remarkable novel gives a great account of the Left’s downfall, and also of the ongoing diaspora created by the armed conflict.