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Loosing My Espanish

Written by H.G. Carrillo

Loosing My Espanish
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Category: Fiction - Literary
Imprint: Anchor
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: October 2005
Price: $16.95
Can. Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7814-1 (1-4000-7814-8)
Pages: 336
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Oscar Delossantos is about to lose his job as a teacher at a Jesuit high school in Chicago. Rather than go quietly, he embarks on a valiant last history lesson that chronicles the flight from Cuba of his makeshift extended family.Evoking the struggle between nostalgia and the realities of the Cuban Revolution with both grit and lyricism, he inspires his students with an altogether dazzling reinterpretation of the Cuban-American experience.

By turns heartbreaking, funny, and brilliantly inventive, Loosing My Espanish is a singular debut.


“His literary ancestors are the fabulous Latins with their reverence for myth and for memory, their penchant for surrealism: Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Will be of interest to everyone who has inherited a history and a language they could not fully connect with but still tried to preserve.” —The Miami Herald

“Evocative. . . . The interplay of two languages offers many beautiful effects.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“An incisive look into the lives of a Cuban American family. . . . Lyrical, skillfully descriptive, bold, colorful, magical and vibrant with cultural rhythm and resonance.” —Black Issues Book Review

Loosing My Espanish is a novel that exists in a realm where beauty and memory and longing are one. Mr. Carrillo’s talents are formidable, his lyricism pitch-perfect, and his compassion limitless.” —Junot Díaz, author of Drown

“Did you know that language can be read and heard and seen and touched? That you can smell it, taste it? Try Loosing My Espanish.” —Eduardo Galeano, author of the Memory of Fire trilogy

“H. G. Carrillo’s remarkable prose captures memory, loss, and desire like a net made of language. In its trappings we find all sorts of gifts, from history to puns to love songs. Loosing My Espanish is enchantingly brilliant. What we are witnessing is the evolution of a great American writer.” —Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Chango's Fire

“In Loosing My Espanish, paradoxically, the great winner is Spanish, not only for the way in which the text is subverted by that language, but also for the splendid way in which it has given blood, spirit, and conviction to a moving novel that breathes Cuba in a major key.” —Mayra Montero, author of Deep Purple

“What is a historical fact if not a personal history, a country’s history, a political history? In his stunning first novel, Carrillo delivers a narrator who erupts and disrupts the pavements of the Cuban-American experience by showing us that the most accurate, if not truthful, fact comes from the memory of the impassioned heart. The rhythmic beauty of Carrillo’s commanding storytelling leaves you with the urgency of trying to catch your breath. I can’t imagine another American history course being taught without Loosing My Espanish as required reading.” —Helena María Viramontes, author of Under the Feet of Jesus



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
H. G. Carrillo’s work has appeared in The Kenyon Review and Glimmer Train, among other journals and magazines. A Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of English at Cornell University, he divides his time between Ithaca, New York, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.





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