UPCOMING TITLE: PUBLICATION IN JULY 2019

SCRIPTA HUMANISTICA #179

LA PIEDRA AZUL: CAMILA Y EL REINO

by

Elías Hasbun, M.D.

ISBN-13: 978-0-916379-00-1        461 pp.        $69.95     

 

Latin American prose fiction has become increasingly more read and appreciated by the public in general and examined critically with renewed vigor by the scholarly community. Evidence of this predilection for the great literary talent of New World writers is the fact that six authors from the region have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The present work, La Piedra Azul: Camila y el Reino, written by Elías Hasbun, M.D., is the third major work penned by the same author.   As with his preceding publications, El Jardín de la Culpa and La Fuga, this is a masterpiece of artistic erudition and socio-historical insight.  La Piedra Azul explores the nature of authentic versus spurious faith; as the novel’s characters search for their respective identities, the reader is drawn into a colorful world of contradictions and nonsense that parodies reality.  Agile, passionate, and funny, the novel describes the Lima of the 1980s, with its slums, poverty, and aspirations, and the contrasts between modernity and social indifference.

Throughout La Piedra Azul, the author manifests an acute sensitivity to the temporal and social dimension of his work, enriching it with a plethora of visual and symbolic images. In his socially and historically charged literary opus, Hasbun shows a superlative mastery in dealing with the psychological presentation of his characters the use of metafiction, dialogue, and rhetorical expressions.

In a vibrant style, Hasbun shines a thought-provoking light on his native Peru in a manner that echoes the finest chapters of Spanish and Latin American realism and is sure to captivate the attention of readers around the world. His latest novel, like his earlier works, will undoubtedly leave a mark on the literature of Latin America.

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