In Search of Bernabe

In Search of Bernabe

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by Graciela Limon
     
 

Fiction. A novel that humanizes political turmoil of contemporary Central America, IN SEARCH OF BERNABE was the winner of the 1994 American Book Award. Other novels by Graciela Limon carried by SPD include THE DAY OF THE MOON, ERASED FACES, SONG OF THE HUMMINGBIRD, and THE MEMORIES OF ANA CALDERON.  See more details below

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Fiction. A novel that humanizes political turmoil of contemporary Central America, IN SEARCH OF BERNABE was the winner of the 1994 American Book Award. Other novels by Graciela Limon carried by SPD include THE DAY OF THE MOON, ERASED FACES, SONG OF THE HUMMINGBIRD, and THE MEMORIES OF ANA CALDERON.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this well-constructed first novel about El Salvador during the civil strife of the 1980s, Limon tells a tragic family saga. Raped by her grandfather at 13, Luz Delcano bears a son, Lucio, who is taken from her and raised by other members of the grandfather's influential family. Lucio becomes a colonel in army intelligence and heads the death squads. Meanwhile, Luz has had another illegitimate son, Bernabe, who plans to be a priest. But Bernabe is separated from his mother during a funeral procession for the assassinated Archbishop Romero, and fleeing from government soldiers into the mountains, he joins the guerillas there. His mother begins a search for him that takes her from El Salvador to Mexico City to San Diego and back to El Salvador. There she eventually finds Bernabe, after the death squads, on orders from Lucio--who hates the brother he has never met--have done their worst. Luz's search for her son and her deteriorating mental state as a result of war are compelling and chilling. But while we know what motivates her, the motivations of the other characters aren't as clear. Still, Limon effectively blends fact and imagination while asking, What is truth and what is fiction in El Salvador? (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558850736
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
785,159
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)

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In Search of Bernabe 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Search of Bernabé by Graciela Limón is an anguished novel telling the story of a mother, Luz Delcano, on her endless search for her son, Bernabé, in the midst of the chaos in El Salvador, post-assassination of Archbishop Romero in the 1980s. Limón’s narrator gives readers the sense that the beautiful and simplistic form in which the English narration is written would be the translation of the Spanish narration, providing themes about the manipulation of language. Each memorable character is interlocked with one another through this historical moment in El Salvador through one woman and somehow, Limón utilizes this to help readers understand the complicated and frenzied emotions that many citizens of El Salvador experienced after having lost or watched the murder of family members. Themes of the Church, repentance from sin, family, war and rape are grounded in this novel, demonstrating the struggle of interpreting one’s self-hood and identity like many El Salvadorians suffered from after the El Salvadorian civil war. --Jmariesalcedo