Paraiso portatil / Portable Paradise (Spanish Edition) (Spanish and English Edition)

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The watchman feels very fortunate to have a job in El Salvador after the civil war, when so many people are unemployed. It's boring but easy work, taking care of a new house that belongs to a Salvadoran couple living in Los Angeles. When he thinks about his previous jobs day laborer, coffee harvester, highway construction worker he's even more grateful. All he has to do is water the plants and cut the grass, and of course, keep thieves from stealing all the furnishings. And once a month, he reassures the owners that their beautiful home in their beloved homeland remains in good condition until their next visit. Then one day, everything changes.

Acclaimed Salvadoran writer Mario Bencastro examines themes of war, dislocation, and longing in this bilingual collection of stories, poetry, and one novella. Many of his characters are forced to leave their homelands because of violence and poverty. But once in the Promised Land, separated from family and friends and in a country whose language and culture they don't understand, many find themselves overwhelmed by feelings of loss and nostalgia.

In "Dragon Boy," a group of children orphaned by El Salvador's civil war band together to survive, even as they are exploited by predators. In "The Plan," a successful Swiss millionaire returns to his native El Salvador--which he left as a defenseless orphan--and executes his ruthless plan to take revenge on those responsible for the brutal killings of his family. And in "From Australia with Love," a Salvadoran emigre plans to marry a countryman she met on the Internet, until they realize that they have met before.

Readers will not soon forget Bencastro's moving images fueled by the horrible realities of war and the painful need to leave behind all that is dear.

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MARIO BENCASTRO is the author of numerous award-winning and critically acclaimed works that explore the impact of civil war on a people and the lives of Central American immigrants in the United States. They include two novels, A Shot in the Cathedral (Arte Publico Press, 1996), a finalist in Mexico's International Diana y Novedades Literary Prize, and Odyssey to the North (Arte Publico Press, 1998); a short story collection, The Tree of Life (Arte Publico Press, 1997); and a novel for young adults, A Promise to Keep (Pinata Books, 2005). All of his books are available in the original Spanish. He lives in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

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"By turns strange, moving, shocking, and illuminating, [the collection] offers an unflinching look at life for immigrants and their struggle to find better lives in America." --ForeWord Reviews

"With the simplicity of a reporter and a touch of romantic idealism regarding the characters he describes, Bencastro portrays familiar and current topics such as the deadly struggles to cross the border, the despair of low pay, the nature of migrant and unwanted jobs, and the fatal destinies of desperate, impoverished, and abused Central American civil war survivors." --Library Journal / Critícas

"With the simplicity of a reporter and a touch of romantic idealism regarding the characters he describes, Bencastro portrays familiar and current topics such as the deadly struggles to cross the border, the despair of low pay, the nature of migrant and unwanted jobs, and the fatal destinies of desperate, impoverished, and abused Central American civil war survivors." --Library Journal / Critícas

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