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To Bury Our Fathers

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Sergio Ram�rez, writer and former civilian leader in the Sandinista revolutionary government from 1985-1990, has now won the Cervantes Prize, the highest literary award in the Hispanic world. He wrote his great panoramic novel from exile, and this was the first Nicaraguan novel ever translated into English. The long years of dictatorship in Nicaragua are dramatically recre ...more
Published April 16th 2018 by Readers International (first published 1977)
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This is the story of Nicaragua between 1930 and 1960 mainly from the view point of the military interacting with the Presidential revolts. The timeline, based I’m sure on fact, is split into 6 segments of about 4 chapters. The start is with Colonel Lopez being defeated in an ambush in a cinema. Taleno, Jilguero and Raul cross paths and ultimately seek to dislodge ‘el hombre’ – the president – thereby ultimately seeking revenge on loyal Lopez. The 6 segments have a nice ink motif to start – this ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The biographies of six protagonists illustrate the violent history of Nicaragua in particular and of Latin America in general between 1930 and 1961. Spineless Coronel López plays a central part in their lives because he is a loyal supporter of the Somoza regime and in charge of persecuting its opponents. Among the latter are his mentor the Indio and his protégé the Turco, officers of the National Guard who participated in revolts against the terror regime ten years apart and managed to escape in ...more
Miguel Antonio
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Una historia centroamericana, contada en todos los países, pero construida con una narrativa de alta calidad. Muy buena construcción del hilo de la historia, pero requiere mucha concentración para su lectura y poder llevar el ritmo de los saltos en tiempo y espacio de la historia. Eso hizo que la historia no me capturara inmediatamente.

Como en otras novelas sobre dictadores, se refleja que la figura del caudillo genera en las poblaciones una especie de figura sobrehumana, a la cual se le dan pod
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Far be it from me to argue with Salmon Rushdie, so when I saw his claim that "this marvellous novel was my companion as I travelled around Nicaragua" on the cover, I was certainly excited. Actually, while I am on the cover, it is a fantastic art piece El pueblo de Boaco by Mario Marín, I absolutely love the colour. So I was intruiged from the get-go. I have to say from there, I did need quite a bit of concentration, because of the non-linear structure, the links between characters not being too ...more
Michael Pennington
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Magical Nicaragua.
I have the german edition: Die Spur des Caballeros
Jan 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I was not a big fan of this book when I started reading it--the plot was difficult to follow at first and the characters were tough to keep track of. However, once I got going, I really came to enjoy the book and would highly recommend it to people curious about the Sandinista movement or Latin American revolutions more generally. In addition, it's a great portrait of the precarious nature of existence in the shadow of dictatorship. This book also forces US readers to contemplate the price other ...more
Michelle Reyes Navas
He leído varios libros del autor sin embargo si tiene una narrativa compleja y para mi gusto demasiados personajes. Un tanto compleja de leer y por momentos bastante inerte sin embargo se nota la calidad de escritor que es.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good with some nice long sentences, and the way he moves back and forth in time is done with a lot of skill.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: temp, world-tour
Another possibility for Nicaragua in the World Tour.
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Sergio Ramírez Mercado (born August 5, 1942 in Masatepe, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan writer and intellectual who served in the leftist Government Junta of National Reconstruction and as Vice President of the country 1985-1990 under the presidency of Daniel Ortega.

Born in Masatepe in 1942, he published his first book, Cuentos, in 1963. He received his law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónom

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