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After the Bombs by Arturo Arias
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May 16, 08

bookshelves: political-fiction-central-america
Recommended to John by: the author, originally.
Recommended for: lovers of Latin America & its novels.
Read in January, 1985

A remarkably assured first novel. After the bombs renders, in resonant magical realism, the damage done at all levels of Guatemalan society by the 1954 US bombing in protection of corporate interests (that is, United Fruit). Arias juggles horror and humor winningly, and takes us via fantasy to the core of a harsh Central American reality.
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