Ashes of Izalco

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Written in two voices, Ashes of Izalco is a collaborative novel by Claribel Alegrfa and Darwin Flakoll, a love story set against the events of 1932 when thirty thousand Indians and peasants were massacred in Izalco, El Salvador. Ashes of Izalco brings together a Salvadoran woman and an American man who together struggle over issues of love, loyalty and socio-political injustices.

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Overview

Written in two voices, Ashes of Izalco is a collaborative novel by Claribel Alegrfa and Darwin Flakoll, a love story set against the events of 1932 when thirty thousand Indians and peasants were massacred in Izalco, El Salvador. Ashes of Izalco brings together a Salvadoran woman and an American man who together struggle over issues of love, loyalty and socio-political injustices.

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"One of the most important Central American novels of the 20th Century." -- Carolyn Forché

"A haunting short novel that sets a story of love and passion against feverish peasant uprising..." -- Kansas City Star

"Explores the impossibilities of love and freedom in a traditional society overwhelmingly stifled by subtle as well as brutal force." -- Mid-American Review

New York Times Book Review
...Rich with the insights and sounds of a Salvadoran village, with energetic, sometimes humorous insights into the lives and attitudes of the stratified population...
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a novel that blends politics, history and romance with unfailing gentleness, unforeseeable, explosive events determine the actions of the characters but never interrupt the work's lyrical structure. Carmen Rojas, the heroine, was a child when, in 1932, she witnessed the brutality of the El Salvadoran National Guard, who murdered 30,000 rioting peasants. The tragedy shapes her political consciousness, and, although she marries an American and lives in Washington, D.C., she cannot escape its memory. Thirty years later, she returns home to attend her mother's funeral and to care for her sickly father, and discovers a diary kept by her mother's American lover in the months before the 1932 uprisings. Through her poetry and journals, Alegria (Woman of the River) has distinguished herself to many American readers, but this novel, written with her American husband, a former journalist, will astonish even those familiar with her consummate skill. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780915306848
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 1,019,607
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Clara Isabel Alegría Vides (born May 12, 1924) is a Nicaraguan poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist who is a major voice in the literature of contemporary Central America. She writes under the pseudonym Claribel Alegría. She has been called "one of the region's finest writers" by The Washington Post. She has published over forty books including fifteen collections of poetry, and is a recipient of the Casa de las Americas Prize of Cuba. Her works in English include Ashes of Izalco, Luisa in Realityland, and Family Album.

In 1947 Alegría married the U.S.-born journalist Darwin J. ("Bud") Flakoll; they had three daughters and one son. Flakoll coauthored some of her novels and translated much of her work into English. He died in 1995. Alegría's Sorrow, a collection of love poems, was written for her deceased husband.

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