La Mansion del Olvido

La Mansion del Olvido

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ESPANOL: La mansion del olvido / Mario Bencastro / Premio Internacional del Libro Latino 2016 -Primer Lugar- "Mejor Novela de Ficcion Historica en Espanol." Luego de sus triunfos internacionales logrados con Disparo en la catedral, Odisea del Norte y Paraiso portatil, Mario Bencastro nos entrega la novela epica La mansion del olvido. Armando, el protagonista, regresa a Ausolia despues de dos decadas de ausencia, con el objetivo de rescatar la memoria de su familia difunta cuyo paradero desconoce. La obra transcurre entre el reencuentro con lo familiar que yace doblemente sepultado: en el propio recuerdo y bajo la tierra. Ausolia es un pueblo conformado por dos comunidades: las familias acaudaladas que residen en las mansiones del centro y los habitantes de los barrios marginales. Dos ambitos con sus propias realidades, protagonistas y leyendas, unidos por una red de lazos consanguineos. "En la larga dimension de la historia del lugar (quinientos anos), la novela esboza el despojo de las tierras comunales indigenas, el paso del cultivo del anil al cafe, la matanza de 1932, el derecho de pernada de los hacendados, el militarismo, el despegue y el fin de la guerra civil, el exodo migratorio hacia el norte." "La mansion del olvido asume la tarea de develar el secreto de una cultura nacional cuyas raices se sustentan en el autoritarismo patriarcal... lo reinvierte en utopia social para el bienestar de sus conciudadanos y familiares, irreconocidos por su mismo padre. Tal es la escritura que Bencastro esculpe en la estela mitica de su nueva novela." -Rafael Lara-Martinez, "Premio Nacional de Cultura 2010," El Salvador. "La mansion del olvido es una epopeya nacional." -Nicolas Kanellos, Universidad de Houston, EEUU. www.MarioBencastro.org ENGLISH: La mansion del olvido by Mario Bencastro / 2016 International Latino Book Award -First Place- "Best Historical Fiction Novel in Spanish." After being highly praised internationally for works like "A shot in the Cathedral," "Odyssey to the North" and "Portable Paradise," Mario Bencastro brings us the epic novel La mansion del olvido. Armando, the protagonist, returns to Ausolia after twenty years with the intention of rescuing the memory of his deceased family whose resting place he doesn't know. The novel transpires while Armando faces his past which is doubly buried - in his memory and underground. Ausolia is populated by two distinct communities: the rich families that live in the mansions at the center of the town and the inhabitants of the marginal barrios. Two worlds with their own realities, protagonists and legends, but connected by a complicated network of blood relations. "In the long historical dimension of the place (five hundred years), the novel outlines the spoliation of the land from the aboriginal, the changing of indigo cultivation to coffee, the indigenous massacre of 1932, the practice of droit du seigneur by landowners, the military regime, the start and the end of the civil war, the migratory exodus to the North." "The novel La mansion del olvido assumes the task of revealing the secret of a national culture whose roots rest on a patriarchal authority... and converts it into social utopia for the benefit of its inhabitants and families, ignored by their father. Such is the writing that Bencastro inscribes on the mythical stele of his new novel." -Rafael Lara-Martinez, "Culture National Prize 2010," El Salvador. "La mansion del olvido is a national epic." -Nicolas Kanellos, University of Houston, USA. www.MarioBencastro.org"show more

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  • Paperback | 377 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 25.15mm | 585.13g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • Spanish
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507778783
  • 9781507778784

About Mario Bencastro

ESPANOL: Mario Bencastro (El Salvador, 1949), es escritor y pintor acreedor de premios nacionales e internacionales, cuyas obras literarias se han traducido al ingles, frances y aleman, publicadas en El Salvador, Mexico, Canada, Estados Unidos y Alemania. Inicio su trayectoria artistica en la pintura, granjeandose exitos a temprana edad, exponiendo su obra en mas de cuarenta y siete exposiciones en galerias y museos de El Salvador, Estados Unidos, America Latina y Europa. El drama politico y social de su pais lo influencio a incursionar en la literatura. Su primera novela Disparo en la catedral -historica e innovadora que inicia con el golpe de estado en El Salvador en 1979 y recoge el homicidio de Monsenor Romero- fue Finalista en el Premio Literario Internacional Novedades y Diana, Mexico, 1989. Su obra tambien explora la vida del inmigrante centroamericano en Estados Unidos y Australia. Odisea del Norte, Premio de Editores Independientes, (Finalista), ha sido descrita como "Una historia epica de opresion politica y exilio, creible y sumamente impresionante" (Kirkus, EEUU). La mansion del olvido marca una nueva etapa en la narrativa de Mario Bencastro, donde el novelista y el historiador se unen para crear una obra de arte literario. ENGLISH: A native of El Salvador, Mario Bencastro is an award-winning novelist, playwright and painter whose works have been translated to English, French and German, published in Mexico, Canada, United States and Germany. He took up the brush and canvas as the first outlet for his artistic expression with remarkable success from an early age, with his works gracing the collections of major galleries and museums in El Salvador, the United States, Latin America and Europe. The social and political drama unfolding in his country compelled him to concentrate his artistic endeavors in literature. His first novel, A Shot in the Cathedral is a powerful work focusing on the coup d'etat in El Salvador in 1979. It was a finalist in the International Diana y Novedades Literary Prize, Mexico 1989. His work turned north of the border as he explores the lives of Central American immigrants in the United States and Australia. Odyssey to the North has been praised as "a heartfelt story of political oppression and exile ... credible and quite moving." (Kirkus Reviews). La mansion del olvido marks a new phase in the work of Mario Bencastro, where the novelist and the historian meet to create a work of literary art."show more