Never Through Miami by Roberto Quesada
(Recovering the Past, Creating the Future)

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Elías Sandoval stands in line at Miami International Airport, desperately hoping he’s picked the right immigration agent, the one who will open the doors to the promise of America. Elías comes to the United States hoping to storm the arts scene as a sculptor, only to be handed a dishcloth and a tray for clearing dishes. His quest leads us through a series of misadventures on the path taken by so many Latin American immigrants: from the lines of U.S. immigration to the kitchen sinks of restaurants and the bellboy-bound corridors of hotels in New York City.

In Central America, he has left Helena behind, who through anxious - and hilarious - phone exchanges exerts constant pressure on her far-off boyfriend to send for her, in the hopes that she can fulfill her mother’s lifelong dream of going to Miami.

Raucous culture conflict and communication barriers due to poor translation and off-kilter antics comprise Quesada’s formula for fun while exploring the ambiguous status of Latino immigrants fresh off the proverbial boat.

 

About Roberto Quesada

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Quesada founded and directed for several years the literary magazine Sobrevuelo. Duncan has translated Sultry Dreams by Mempo Giardelli, Tula Station, and Our Lady of the Circus by David Toscana.
 
Published April 1, 2002 by Arte Publico Press. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Elías Sandoval, the anxious protagonist of Quesada's charming, lighthearted short novel, is sweating bullets as he stands before curt immigration officials at Miami International Airport in a valiant attempt to get a six-month visa into America.

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