Chambacu, Black Slum

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Latin American Literary Review Press, 1989 - Blacks - 128 pages
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A masterful translation of a powerful novel set amidst the misery of a mosquito-infested island near Cartagena where a single mother and her family are touched irrevocably by the war between the United States and Korea. Uneducated, indigent, and disunited, the protagonists represent the condition of a countless diaspora of blacks in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Third World.

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About the author (1989)

Manuel Zapata Olivella was a writer and anthropoligist largely credited as being the most significant representative and defender of Afro-Latin literature. He founded journals, taught and lectured widely, and represented Colombia at numerous international colloquia. He is best known as the author of eight sociologically charged novels, many of which have won literary prizes both in Colombia and abroad. Jonathan Tittler is a professor at Rutgers University and the author of El verbo y el mando: Vida y milagros de Gustavo Alvarez Gardeaz bal, Narrative Irony in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel, Manuel Puig, and Violencia y literatura en Colombia

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