Aug 13, M. Lee allowed me the opportunity to read this work before he found a publisher for it. I am so glad he did. An incessant rant by a character named Edgardo Vega directed to, I suppose, anybody who might be listening, but in this case even more pointedly at the character Moya himself as receptor.
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His family moved to El Salvador when he was four years old. He lived there until when he left to attend York University in Toronto. On a visit home, he witnessed a demonstration of unarmed students and workers in which twenty-one people were killed by government snipers.
He left El Salvador that March, but did not go back to Canada for school. Instead, he traveled to Costa Rica and Mexico, where he found work as a journalist. He wrote sympathetically about the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, a political party that formed following the Salvadoran peasant massacre.
He soon, however, grew disillusioned by violent fighting within the party. In Castellanos Moya returned to El Salvador to write for a monthly cultural magazine, Tendencias.
In he contributed to the founding of the weekly publication Primera Plana and worked there until The protagonist in Revulsion is a Thomas Bernhard-esque character who returns to El Salvador after eighteen years to deliver a page diatribe against the country.
The novel enraged some Salvadorans with some calling for a book ban and others throwing the book into fires. He began writing a new novel called Guatemale: Nunca mas!
Never Again! It was published as Insensatez in In the novel became his first work to be translated into English. In , he was a guest researcher at the University of Tokyo. Currently he teaches at the University of Iowa and is a regular columnist for Sampsonia Way Magazine where he "looks for topics that open debates, new perspectives, and controversy.
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