Colombian-born Santiago Martinez starts his adult life as a young gay writer living in Spain. Years later, as a university professor in New York City, Santiago is called back to his native Colombia upon the suicide of his sister. There he learns some shocking secrets about his childhood and adolescence and comes to the realization that cherished ...
Colombian-born Santiago Martinez starts his adult life as a young gay writer living in Spain. Years later, as a university professor in New York City, Santiago is called back to his native Colombia upon the suicide of his sister. There he learns some shocking secrets about his childhood and adolescence and comes to the realization that cherished memories of the past are only illusion.
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Very Good. Very Good/ Very Good: former owner's stamp on bottom of ffep, otherwise clean & unmarked inside & out, tight, square copy Jaime Manrique's 1992 Latin Moon in Manhattan is one of the great under-recognized classics of gay male fiction. Now, with Twilight at the Equator Manrique shows himself once again to be both an exquisite writer and profound thinker. Twilight tells the story of Santiago Martinez, a young gay novelist who, after he is forced to deal with his sister's suicide, discovers that his family's past secrets are more than alive in the present, and just as dangerous. Manrique seduces us into believing the myth of the safe past, of secure history, of the happy family even as he begins to dismantle these ideas. Twilight at the Equator is a profoundly moving and beautifully written novel. Jacket: Very Good. 198pp.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-02-18 The male characters in Manrique's latest (after Latin Moon in Manhattan and Colombian Gold) crossdress as easily as they cross borders to assume European and American lives without fully eliminating the vestiges of their Colombian backgrounds. A young writer who has left a city in Colombia to seek his fortune in Madrid, Barcelona and New York, Santiago Martinez often finds himself wistful for his hometown, which he remembers as a lush tropical, peaceful paradise instead of the drug-ridden and politically claustrophobic society it is. Told in episodic chapters (many of which were published as short stories), the novel hits a variety of tones: there's the concupiscence and pathos of young bohemian gay love as young Santiago sells his blood and hustles his body to pay the rent; and there's the powerful melancholy when Santiago, now older and teaching in New York, witnesses a young student's slow demise. This eloquent work, like its characters, has more in common with stoic American literary traditions than its ardent Latin counterparts. It draws upon the American voice of loneliness and a soul at once adrift yet locked into the United States. In the title story, Santiago returns briefly to Colombia and concludes: "Coming back home had freed me from the tyranny of dreaming of returning to the sullied paradise I had left as a boy, for which now I could cease to yearn." Much more than the semi-autobiographical story the novel claims to be, this boisterous and tragic work addresses issues of solitude, exile and self-discovery with generous feeling and honest emotion. (Mar.)
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