One Day Of Life

Argueta, Manlio

Published by Aventura, 1983
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New York. 1983. Aventura. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. Paperback Original. Translated from the Spanish by Bill Brow. 215 pages. September 1983. paperback. Cover design by Keith Sheridan/illustration by Daniel Maffia. ISBN: 0394722167. inventory # 1056. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Transposed to Chalate, a small town in rural El Salvador, you are intrigued from 530 AM, when you meet Lupe-the grandmother of the Guardado family and chief narrator of One Day of Life-who is up and about doing her chores, until 5: 00 PM., when you arrive at the disturbing resolution of the Civil Guard’s search for and interrogation of Lupe’s adolescent granddaughter, Adolfina. Told almost entirely from the point of view of the resilient women of the family, this novel is not only an affecting and inspiring evocation of the nitty-gritty of peasant life in El Salvador after fifty years of military rule. It is also a mercilessly accurate dramatization of the relationship of the peasants to both the Catholic Church and the State. In view of the deeply disturbing rise of political violence in El Salvador, and the highly controversial increase of U.S. involvement in that country’s civil war, ONE DAY OF LIFE is as timely a novel as there could ever be. Awesome for the authenticity of its vernacular style and for the incandescence of its lyricism, this compact tour de force goes beyond geopolitical rant to describe one day in the life of a typical peasant family caught up in the all-too-ordinary tenor and corruption, the sheer bad news, of El Salvador today. In ONE DAY OF LIFE-written by a Salvadoran who was forced into exile by his government as a result of this book, which has already been published in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands-the collective voice of the people of El Salvador, terrifying and irrepressible, sings about hope for social justice in the future. MANLIO ARGUETA is perhaps Central America’s preeminent literary man. In 1977 he was accorded Latin America’s most prestigious literary award, the Casa de las Americas Prize. He is, in addition to being a novelist, a distinguished poet and a fervent social activist-having been violently expelled from El Salvador four times and arrested on numerous occasions for defending various democratic causes. Born in San Miguel, El Salvador, on November 24, 1935, he now lives in exile in San Jose, Costa Rica. Originally published in El Salvador as Un Dia en la Vida by UCA Editores, San Salvador. . Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Awesome for the authenticity of its vernacular style and the incandescence of its lyricism, One Day of Life depicts a typical day in the life of a peasant family caught up in the terror and corruption of civil war in El Salvador.

5:30 A.M. in Chalate, a small rural town: Lupe, the grandmother of the Guardado family and the central figure of the novel, is up and about doing her chores. By 5:00 P.M. the plot of the novel has been resolved, with the Civil Guard's search for and interrogation of Lupe's young granddaughter, Adolfina. Told entirely from the perspective of the resilient women of the Guardado family, One Day of Life is not only a disturbing and inspiring evocation of the harsh realities of peasant life in El Salvador after fifty years of military exploitation; it is also a mercilessly accurate dramatization of the relationship of the peasants to both the state and the church.

Translated from the Spanish by Bill Brow

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Title: One Day Of Life
Publisher: Aventura
Publication Date: 1983
Binding: paperback
Book Condition: Very Good In Wrappers
Edition: 1st Edition.

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