From the Publisher
"Sergio Ramírez has taken the best ingredients of Nicaraguan historydictatorship and poetry, madness and love, conspiracies and con-menand cooked them into a masterpiece that will thrill English-language readers as it has those of us who have read Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea in Spanish."
Ariel Dorfman, author of Death and the Maiden
"Using brilliant language, Ramírez interweaves myth and reality to enrich the plot of this fascinating novel."
Claribel Alegría, author of Sorrow, and co-author of Death of Somoza
"A total novel about the secret mysteries of science, of poetry, and of dictatorships. the beauties of Rubén Darío and the horrors of Somoza intertwine in an unforgettable and absorbing story."
Thomás Eloy Martinez
School Library Journal
In this country, RamA-rez (To Bury Our Fathers) is probably best known as a former vice president of Nicaragua (1984-90) and a strong critic of the United States, but in Spanish-speaking countries he is regarded as a leading Nicaraguan fiction writer. This English-language translation of his Margarita, EstA Linda la Mar, which won Spain's Alfaguara Prize in 1998, is, writes the publisher, "a complete metaphor of reality and legend, the entire history of [the author's] country." In 1907, famed poet RubA©n DarA-o returns to his native Nicaragua, where he inscribes one of his most famous poems-that of the title-onto the fan of a nine-year-old girl. Forty-nine years later, the dictator Anastasio Somoza is assassinated by a group of intellectuals and poets. The novel weaves together these two stories in a highly complex structure: the reader must wade through several narrators; read transcribed radio conversations, letters, and even Somoza's curriculum vitae; and sift through legends and actual events. The result is a thoroughly engrossing political novel highly recommended for college and university libraries. [Visit the author online at www.sergioramirez.org.ni.-Ed.]
Mary Margaret Benson
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