Like many turn-of-the-century Colombians, Julio-Cesar Cardona, also known as Cuajada, the Count of Jazmine, escaped the reality of violence the best way he knew how: by adorning it with his exhuberance and fantasies.
Cardona entered the city as a stranger and left town as a legendary figure.
In this account, - which the author refers to as an hybrid between a novel and a chronicle,- Gloria Chavez introduced the reader to the time and life of this excentric character and of an entire country. While illustrating the comical anecdotes of this sort of Latin American Quixote, Chavez-Vasquez provides the necessary historic facts for the reader to get a panoramic idea of the sociopolytical phenomena taking place in the Colombia of the early to-midcentury.
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Gloria Chavez -Vasquez is a Colombian born writer, journalist and educator who came to New York in 1970.
Her stories appear regularly in publications in Latin America, Spain, Canada and the U.S.Review:
"Cuajada, the Count of Jazmine, is a delicious mix of history, anecdotes and chronicles. The story of a legendary character whose excentricities became legendary in our country, becomes irresistibly funny in Gloria Chavez-Vasquez's style." -- Gustavo Paez, El Espectador, Bogota
"Like Don Quixote, Cuajada, sees reality through his own excentric lens. He is mad, and acts as amadman, yet at times he is the only sane person around. Thorugh his narrative Gloria Chavez Vasquez has achieved the at times difficult task of blending reality with fantasy while examining historic events and analizing the reasons and effects of violence within her native society. It is a story worth reading." -- Odon Betanzos, North American Academy of the Spanish Language, New York
"Madness before Cuajada was just that, after Cuajada, Madness acquired new dimensions." -- Zahyra Camargo, Quindio Universy, Armenia
"Well written, funny, this story hold veracity of the historic events which took place in a region most affected by violence." -- Humberto Senegal, La Cronica, Armenia
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Book Description White Owl Editions, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0966595157