Life in the Damn Tropics by David Unger
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Set in strife-torn Guatemala City in the early 1980s, this sophisticated, quasi-comedic tale depicts the decline and near-fall of a prominent Guatemalan Jewish family. In the face of military rule, terrorism, and sabotage, Marcos learns the truth about his brother Aaron, only to find that sibling secrets can be every bit as dangerous as civil unrest.


About David Unger

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David Unger, born in Guatemala, is a prize winning translator, U.S. representative of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, and director of City College of New York's Publishing Certificate Program.
Published April 1, 2002 by Syracuse University Press. 301 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The real troubles begin when Marcos's nightclub benefactor, a slick local military figure named Rafael Mendoza, uses Esperanza's and Marcos's financial difficulties to force them to turn the club into a watering hole for local servicemen.

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