In 1968, a young, recently ordained Colombian priest leaves behind everything to start a new parish in the jungles of Panama. Father H�ctor Gallego soon discovers that his parishioners live as indentured servants. Inspired by liberation theology, he sets into motion a plan to liberate them. Father Gallegos is successful, but his work places him on a collision course with General Omar Torrijos, the nation�s absolute ruler. On January 9, 1971, military operatives abduct the priest. He is never seen or heard from again, but he remains very much alive in the minds of Panamanians who, still today, clamor for his case to be brought to justice. Although The Saint of Santa Fe is a work of fiction, the novel is based on the real-life experiences of H�ctor Gallego and the campesinos who worked alongside him to create a just society. This sweeping novel tells many stories, including that of Edilma, the priest�s sister who since age eleven has been searching for the meaning of his death. The Saint of Santa Fe is a story of faith, heroism, and sacrifice that�s reminiscent of Graham Greene�s The Power and the Glory and Miguel de Unamuno�s San Manuel Bueno, m�rtir.
|Publisher:||Anaphora Literary Press|
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About the Author
Silvio Sirias is the author of Bernardo and the Virgin (2005) and Meet Me under the Ceiba (2009), winner of the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize for Best Novel. A native of Los Angeles, he spent his adolescence in Nicaragua and currently lives in Panama. In 2010, Silvio was named one of the �Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read).� He has a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Arizona. In addition to fiction, he has published academic books on Julia Alvarez, Rudolfo Anaya, and the poet Salomon de la Selva. He also has a collection of essays titled Love Made Visible: Reflections on Writing, Teaching, and Other Distractions. The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature lists him among the handful of authors who are introducing Central American themes into the U.S. literary landscape. For more information, visit his website at www.silviosirias.com.