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A Shot in the Cathedral

Bencastro, Mario

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ISBN 10: 155885164X / ISBN 13: 9781558851641
Published by Arte Publico Press, 1996
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed By the Author 155885164X Book and dust jacket like new. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper. Author's inscription is in Spanish. Bookseller Inventory # 023537

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Title: A Shot in the Cathedral

Publisher: Arte Publico Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Not a propagandistic nor partisan view of the civil war in El Salvador, A Shot in the Cathedral is remarkable for its sensitivity, restraint and poetic vision of the tragic and inhuman events and actions that polarized not only the people of that Central American nation but also those of the United States, Latin America and Europe.The Spanish language edition, Disparo en la catedral, was a finalist for the international Novedades y Diana award and it was published by Mexico's respected Diana publishing house to resounding success.

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When Rogelio Villaverde finds himself destitute and desperate for employment, he leaps at the chance for work with The Tribune, a small newspaper in San Salvador. The jumbled pieces of his life begin to fall neatly into place with his new job, a new love interest - Lourdes, a new lease on life. But the recent military coup d'etat brings curfews and martial law. Rogelio's work with the newspaper plunges him into the political melee. He is forced to discard his political ambivalence and take a position. He can no longer remain indifferent in the face of the chaos that has overtaken the lives of everyone around him. His anti-government sentiments peak with the assassination of Archbishop Romero and the aftermath, when soldiers opened fire on the throngs of mourners. Rogelio's first instinct is to escape the madness and accompany his boss and friend into exile. But destiny takes another radical twist, and chilling events seal Rogelio's fate. He is compelled to remain and join the struggle for justice and freedom in his homeland.

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