Synopses & Reviews
After the Bombs is a coming of age story that holds a mirror up to the modern history of Guatemala--a funhouse mirror of richly inventive and farcical black comedy which provides a better description of life in that country than any history book ever could. It opens with the bombing of Guatemala City in 1954 when the hero, Max, is a small child. In a swiftly moving narrative, Max journeys twoard adulthood, searching for his identitty, for his father, and along the way, for the real Guatemala and the possibility of a society founded on human decency, after the bombs.
"After the Bombs is a sort of bildungsroman run riot. Arias mixes stream-of-consciousness, lyrical outbursts, Marx Brothers antics, a nuanced, poetic sense of rhythm in his sentence construction, funky gossip, and myth, all with a fine sense of theatricality." --Voice Literary Supplement
"A sumptuous buffet of characters and situations." --Booklist
"Mr. Arias . . . has produced a powerfully disturbing work." --New York Times Book Review
In the years that follow the bombing of Guatemala City in 1954, young Max grows into manhood as he searches for his identity, his father, and his place in the struggles of his country.
About the Author
Arturo Arias (Guatemala city, 1950) is a Guatemalan novelist and critic, who is currently a professor of 20th-century Spanish-American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught courses specializing in: Central American literature; Indigenous literatures; social and critical theory; race, gender and sexuality in postcolonial societies; cultural studies, and ethnographic approaches. Professor Arias has previously taught at the Redlands University in Southern California and is a past president of the Latin American Studies Association. Dr. Arias holds a PhD in Sociology of Literature, from L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Paris, France. (1978) He has written 6 novels and have been awarded with several prizes.
Asa Zatz was born in Mexico and has translated nearly one hundred books. He lives in New York.