The Tree of Life by Mario Bencastro
Stories of Civil War

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The blight of political strife and social injustice color this richly textured short story collection about the passion and politics of civil war in El Salvador. The turmoil, intrigue and suffering have been captured and universalized in these beatifully wrought tales.
 

About Mario Bencastro

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Mario Bencastro is the author of numerous award-winning and critically-acclaimed works that explore the impact of civil war and the lives of Central American immigrants in the United States. His first novel, A Shot in the Cathedral (Arte Publico Press, 1996), a finalist in the International Diana y Novedades Literary Prize (Mexico), and his short story collection, The Tree of Life: Stories of the Civil War (Arte Publico Press, 1997) focus on civil war in El Salvador. In Odyssey to the North (Arte Publico Press, 1998) he turns his attention north of the border as his characters seek a better life in the United States. Bencastro's work has been published in El Salvador, Mexico, Haiti, India, Canada and the U.S. He lives and works in the Washington D.C. area.
 
Published May 1, 1997 by Arte Publico Pr. 112 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here and there, Bencastro strikes sparks--in a ""Romeo and Juliet""--like tale of thwarted young love (""Once Upon a River""), and especially in the magical-realist metaphoric power of the collection's vivid central image: a tree that gathers unto itself the bodies of the dead and restores them t...

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Here and there, Bencastro strikes sparks--in a ``Romeo and Juliet''like tale of thwarted young love (``Once Upon a River''), and especially in the magical-realist metaphoric power of the collection's vivid central image: a tree that gathers unto itself the bodies of the dead and restores them to ...

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In some tales, however, Bencastro emphasizes the ongoing quality of life, the ways nature renews the landscape and men and women rediscover hope.

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