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Salvadoran Novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya to Visit SVC

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Posted: Friday Sep 30, 2011
Internationally known novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya, author of ten novels, will serve as a visiting writer at Saint Vincent College Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19, 20 and 21, during which time he will give a public literary reading, visit classes, conduct a master class with aspiring fiction writers and participate in other activities designed to enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of contemporary literature.

Castellanos Moya has lived in Costa Rica, Canada, Guatemala, Spain and Germany under the auspices of the Frankfurt International Book Fair. He became famous in 1997 with the publication of his novel, El asco (“Revulsion”), which led to him being forced into exile. In 2007, he came to the United States as writer-in-residence of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, and he now teaches on the permanent faculty of the University of Iowa. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and four works have been translated into English, the most recent being Tyrant Memory.

His work touches on the atmosphere of violence surrounding Guatemala's long-running civil war which has been called "the silent holocaust." The late Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, author of The Savage Detectives and a friend of Castellanos Moya, once called Castellanos Moya "the only writer of my generation that knows how to narrate the horror, the secret Vietnam that Latin America was for a long time."

He will give a public reading from his latest novel, Tyrant Memory, the third in a trilogy about modern El Salvador as lived by three generations of a single family. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in the Fred M. Rogers Center. The reading is free and open to the public.

Further details about his visit are available at the Saint Vincent College Visiting Writers Series website: www.svcreadingseries.wordpress.com, or from Michelle Gil-Montero at 724 805-2317 or michelle.gil-montero@stvincent.edu.


Photo: Horacio Castellanos Moya by Eba Wernlid.