Loosing My Espanish by H.G. Carrillo
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Oscar Delossantos is about to lose his job as a teacher at a Jesuit high school in Chicago. Rather than go quietly, he embarks on a valiant last history lesson that chronicles the flight from Cuba of his makeshift extended family.Evoking the struggle between nostalgia and the realities of the Cuban Revolution with both grit and lyricism, he inspires his students with an altogether dazzling reinterpretation of the Cuban-American experience.

By turns heartbreaking, funny, and brilliantly inventive, Loosing My Espanish is a singular debut.

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About H.G. Carrillo

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H. G. Carrillo’s work has appeared in The Kenyon Review and Glimmer Train, among other journals and magazines. A Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of English at Cornell University, he divides his time between Ithaca, New York, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Published February 6, 2010 by Anchor. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Little is ever completely explained in Óscar’s monologues, which loop around, ahead of, and back to his stories in a warm rush of funny, embittered Spanglish that combines the fatalism of the permanent outsider (Cubans being a minority even within Chicago’s Hispanic community) with the devil-may-...

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The sermons that follow mimic his ersatz philosophical view of history—for him, it is "space, like a series of rooms that we can just as easily step into as out of"—as they jolt from subplot to subplot while telling, in extravagant Spanglish, the history of his native island and, alternately, the...

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