Thursday, June 18, 2015

Peruvian Noir in Translation

Isaac Goldemberg's neo-noir novel, Acuérdate del escorpión
is now available in English translation:
Remember the Scorpion 

Remember the Scorpion is a hardboiled crime novel by the critically acclaimed author of 
The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner
Remember the Scorpion was translated from the Spanish by Jonathan Tittler
Pub Date: June 9th, 2015   Price: $16.00     ISBN: 9781939419194 
Unnamed Press
Praise for Isaac Goldemberg:
“[The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner] is a moving exploration of the human condition.”The New York Times Book Review
“Goldemberg shows with great perception how history, belief, and myth can burden people with more contradictions than they can bear… a gifted writer.”Newsweek
“I count Isaac Goldemberg’s novels, The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner and Play by Play as two of the most inventive and linguistically beautiful novels to have been written by any Latin American novelist in the last forty years or so.”  —Oscar Hijuelos
The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner marks Isaac Goldemberg as one of the highest exponents of the new Latin American narrative.” —Mario Vargas Llosa,

     From the author of one of the National Yiddish Book Center’s 100 greatest Jewish books of the last 150 years, comes an exhilarating portrait of 1970s Peru. The capital, Lima, is reeling from the aftershocks of a massive earthquake and enthralled with the scores of the World Cup. Detective Simon Weiss is tasked with solving two grisly murders: the crucifying and beheading of a Japanese man in a pool hall and an apparent murder-by-hanging of an elderly Jewish man.
     Weiss is haunted by the trauma of a childhood partly spent in a German concentration camp, and in a country full of refugees and perpetrators, the horrors of war are never far behind. Remember the Scorpion reconstructs the wreckage of the Second World War in the conflicted psyche of a South American detective who must uncover the relation between the crimes, while searching deep within himself to conquer his own demons. 
Author's Bio: Born in Peru, in 1945, Isaac Goldemberg is the Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, where he is also the Director of the Latin American Writers Institute and the Editor of Hostos Review, an international journal of culture. He is the author of four novels, including the critically acclaimed Play by Play and The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner. He lives in New York.

July 3rd, 7pm, NYC

Featuring Isaac Goldemberg and Saul Sosnowski, in conversation. 

DIRECTIONS: 52 Prince Street, between Lafayette and Mulberry—steps from the Spring Street 6 stop, Broadway-Lafayette on the BDFM, Prince Street on the NR, and the Bowery JZ stop. Phone: (212) 274-1160. 

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