War by Candlelight

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages
11 Reviews

Something is happening around the globe: mass movements of peoples, dislocations of language and culture in the wake of war and economic crises -- simply put, our world is changing.

In this exquisite collection, Daniel Alarcón takes the reader from Third World urban centers to the fault lines that divide nations and people. Wars, both national and internal, are waged in jungles, across borders, in the streets of Lima, in the intimacy of New York apartments. These are lives at the margins of the globalized and not-yet-globalized worlds, the stories of those who shuttle between them and never quite feel at home in the cities where they were born: an unrepentant terrorist remembers where it all began, a would-be emigrant contemplates the ramifications of leaving and never coming back, a reporter turns in his pad and pencil for the inglorious costume of a street clown.

War by Candlelight is a devastating portrait ofa world in flux, and Daniel Alarcón is an extraordinary new voice in literary fiction, one you will not soon forget.

  

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Review: War by Candlelight: Stories

User Review  - Fabiola Barral - Goodreads

A phenomenal collection of short stories. Each are simple in plot but rich in imagery and emotion. One of my favorite lines is: "It came upon him all at once, a summer storm brewed from a cloudless ... Read full review

Review: War by Candlelight: Stories

User Review  - Goodreads

A phenomenal collection of short stories. Each are simple in plot but rich in imagery and emotion. One of my favorite lines is: "It came upon him all at once, a summer storm brewed from a cloudless ... Read full review

Contents

flood
1
city of clowns
17
third avenue suicide
57
lima peru july 28 1979
77
absence
89
the visitor
109
war by candlelight
115
a science for being alone
153
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About the author (2009)

Daniel Alarcon's debut story collection, War by Candlelight, was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Award. He has received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and has been named by Granta magazine one of the Best American Novelists under thirty-five. He is the associate editor of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning monthly magazine published in his native Lima, Peru. He lives in Oakland, California.

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