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Civil Wars: The Mother of all Oxymorons

Civil Wars: The Mother of all Oxymorons

I wrote briefly yesterday about Horacio Castellanos Moya’s novel, Senselessness. It’s difficult to describe, because so much of it is below the surface, though it still hits you in the mouth. The bulk of this very short novel is the narrator’s struggle with his ego, with the things that bother him, with his mounting anxieties, like the smelly feet of a beautiful lover, or the likelihood that her boyfriend will beat the hell out of him, or that a sinister…

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Senselessness

Senselessness

Guatemala, exile, El Salvador, Indigenistas, slaughter, remembrance, witness, suffering beyond words, words for suffering, escape from the words, deeds, torture, complicity. Paranoia with grounds. Horacio Castellanos Moya has written a powerful and important novel, extremely compressed, about a real situation too horrific to be true. But it happened. The slaughter of Indigenous populations in various countries located in the Americas. Past, present, and likely enough, the future. Castellanos Moya has his fictional narrator immersed in the recent past (the book…

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