Synopses & Reviews
Humorous and undeniably original, this witty satire of religion and morality centers around a small town in Colombia that boasts two especially interesting residents: the idiot sons of the town priest's illegitimate daughter, Marcianita, who have been blessed with super sexual potency. Their ability to "cure" the ailing brings pilgrims to the town—as well as the media and several new business ventures. A critique of religious and social repression that delights readers with its bizarre twists and one-of-a-kind characters, this book is a stunning selection from a talented but underappreciated Latin American author.
"In this funny spoof on religion, morals, and manners in the town of Tuluá, this Colombian novelist . . . presents a world where sinners are blessed with divine restorative power while zealous adherents suffer the torments of hell . . . Though powerful in its criticism of religious and social repression, the book's humor packs the biggest punch." —Publishers Weekly
"His novel is wholly original, filling its own space with its own music . . . a raucous cacophony of sound that leaves us laughing and filled with wonder." —Washington Post
About the Author
Gustavo Alvarez Gadeazábal is the author of numerous novels, short stories, and essays. Best known in Colombia for his bestselling Cóndores no entierran todos los días, he has also been a political columnist and became known in the United States as a recipent of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Susan F. Hill is the cotranslator of Juyungo: A Classic Afro-Hispanic Novel. Jonathan Tittler is a professor at Rutgers University and the author of El verbo y el mando: Vida y milagros de Gustavo Alvarez Gardeazábal, Narrative Irony in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel, Manuel Puig, and Violencia y literatura en Colombia. Raymond Leslie Williams is a distinguished professor of Spanish at the University of California-Riverside and the author of 15 books on topics such as the Colombian novel, postmodern fiction in Latin America, and the writing of the Boom. He has been the recipient of several Fulbright Fellowships to Colombia and has been awarded the highest honor the Colombian government can bestow upon a foreign citizen, the Order of San Carlos. He lives in Riverside, California.