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In Spite of the Dark Silence
by Jorge Volpi
Swan Isle Press, 2011
eISBN: 978-0-9833220-1-6 | Cloth: 978-0-9748881-8-7
Library of Congress Classification PQ7298.32.O47P413 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 863.64

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

"He was named Jorge, like me, and for this his life hurts me twice." So writes Jorge Volpi in this highly original novel that presents a biographical perspective on the tragic life of the poet and chemist Jorge Cuesta. Cuesta was one of the founders of Los Contemporáneos, an influential twentieth-century literary movement. The poetic voice of Cuesta's verses can be heard throughout, offering insights into the creative and destructive forces and impulses in his work that eventually led to a mental ward—and a shocking suicide at thirty-eight. The fictional "Jorge," as narrator, embarks on an obsessive quest to understand the life of the long-dead poet, with the distance between subject and researcher blurring as he finds himself struggling to understand his own life. It is a brave search for anyone willing to gaze into the mirror of mortality "in spite of the dark silence."


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