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Book Title: Tales From The Town Of Widows: And Chronicles Fom The Land Of Men|
The author of the book: James Cañón
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Edition: Fourth Estate (GB)
Date of issue: September 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780007241095
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 315 KB
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A beautifully crafted story about a group of women in a Colombian village who find their lives changed while their husbands and sons are away fighting a deadly civil war. The women of Mariquita, made widows when their men are swept away by the army or rebel forces, learn hard lessons about love and survival. Forced to grow in extraordinary ways, they challenge the tenets of male-dominated society, discover power with all its pitfalls and strive to create an entirely newsocial order, an all-female utopia. Their narrative is punctuated by short vignettes of the individual travails of the men and boys -- left-wing guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries, national army officers and civilians -- caught amidst these hellish forces. The author, lived in his native Colombia until he was 18 and this pitch-perfect book brings an entirely fresh, startling perspective to Colombia's catastrophe where the longest and bloodiest civil war in this hemisphere has raged for 40 years.
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Read information about the author"Cañón’s strong and simple writing, which is touched by humor and magic realism, never falters.”
— The New Yorker
James was born and raised in Colombia. After majoring in Advertising in Bogotá, he moved to New York to study English. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
His debut novel, Tales from the Town of Widows & Chronicles from the Land of Men, has been published in over twenty countries. It won Le Prix du Premier Roman Étranger 2008 (Best First Foreign Novel Prize) and Le Prix des Lecteurs Vincennes 2008, and was a finalist for both the 2008 Edmund White Fiction Award, and a 2008 Lambda Literary Award for Best Debut Fiction. The American School Library Journal chose it as one of the “Ten Best Adult Books of the year for HS students."
James is the recipient of the Henfield Prize for Excellence in Fiction, a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and awards from the Queens Council on the Arts, the New York Urban Artist Initiative, and the U.S. National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. He’s currently at work on a new novel.