by Arturo Arias
translated by Asa Zatz
Northwestern University Press, 1995
Paper: 978-0-915306-89-3 | Cloth: 978-0-915306-88-6
Library of Congress Classification PQ7499.2.A73D4713 1990


After the Bombs is a coming of age story that holds a mirror up to the modern history of Guatemala—a funhouse mirror of richly inventive and farcical black comedy which provides a better description of life in that country than any history book ever could. It opens with the bombing of Guatemala City in 1954 when the hero, Max, is a small child. In a swiftly moving narrative, Max journeys toward adulthood, searching for his identity, for his father, and along the way, for the real Guatemala and the possibility of a society founded on human decency, after the bombs.

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