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War by Candlelight by Daniel Alarcón
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Dec 26, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, short-stories, male-author

Really, wow. I am a bit impressed. I did not really enjoy Lost City Radio, but I gave the stories a chance, because I really liked what I read in Granta. I'm glad I gave it that chance.

From Absence:

"Leaving is no problem. It's exciting actually; in fact, it's drug. It's the staying gone that will kill you. This is the handed-down wisdom of the immigrant. You hear it from people who wander home, after a decade away. You hear about the euphoria that passes quickly; the new things that lose their newness and, soon after, their capacity to amuse you. Language is bewildering. You tire of exploring. Then the list of things you miss multiplies beyond all reason, nostalgia clouding everything: in memory, your country is clean and uncorrupt, the streets are safe, the people universally warm, and the food consistently delicious. The sacred details of your former life appear and reappear in strange iterations, in a hundred waking dreams. Your pockets fill with money, but your heart feels sick and empty."

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