War by Candlelight by Daniel Alarcon
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Something is happening around the globe: mass movements of peoples, dislocations of language and culture in the wake of war and economic crises -- simply put, our world is changing.

In this exquisite collection, Daniel Alarcón takes the reader from Third World urban centers to the fault lines that divide nations and people. Wars, both national and internal, are waged in jungles, across borders, in the streets of Lima, in the intimacy of New York apartments. These are lives at the margins of the globalized and not-yet-globalized worlds, the stories of those who shuttle between them and never quite feel at home in the cities where they were born: an unrepentant terrorist remembers where it all began, a would-be emigrant contemplates the ramifications of leaving and never coming back, a reporter turns in his pad and pencil for the inglorious costume of a street clown.

War by Candlelight is a devastating portrait ofa world in flux, and Daniel Alarcón is an extraordinary new voice in literary fiction, one you will not soon forget.

 

About Daniel Alarcon

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Daniel Alarcón is the author of War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2006 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, among others. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 under 40.” He lives in Oakland, California.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Westerns. Fiction

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In the "City of Clowns"—first published in the New Yorker —social protests crowd Lima, where "dying is the local sport," while narrator Oscar, a jaded young journalist, grapples with his father's death and with his father's second family, which includes other sons and a mistress who seems to be b...

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In this raw debut collection filled with dislocated, dutiful souls, Peruvian-born Daniel Alarcón probes his lineage in relation to his Alabama-bred Americanness.

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