Alejandro and the Fishermen of Tancay by Braulio MuñozAlejandro and the Fishermen of Tancay by Braulio Muñoz

Alejandro and the Fishermen of Tancay

byBraulio MuñozTranslated byNancy K. Muñoz

Paperback | September 15, 2008

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Don Morales tells stories. He tells lots of stories. About Chimbote, the Peruvian town where he lives. About fishing, the lifeblood of the town. And about change, which is not always the same as progress. Stories about the first people to inhabit the region and stories about the people who live there now. Stories about the early people’s love of the land and more recent people’s destruction of it. Stories about how people used to get along with one another and stories about how things got to be so bad that the government began to murder its own citizens.

Don Morales is a wise man. But he is also a sad man, mourning the loss of the past, of better times, of brotherhood. With his short, evocative stories—told with simplicity and beauty—he pulls his readers closer to him, as if he were speaking directly to us. For the good fishermen of Tancay, life was better yesterday than it is today. It was better to live in harmony with the sea. When they lived in harmony with the natural world, there was harmony in the human world, too.

With a nostalgic feel, yet reflecting Peru’s current political instability, this is a delightful book with an important message. When the natural order is disrupted, it is not only fish that die. When nature dies, so might we all.
Braulio Muoz is Centennial Professor and professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College. He was born in Peru and is the author of several books, including the novel The Peruvian Notebooks, also published by the University of Arizona Press. Alejandro and the Fishermen of Tancay was first published in Italy, where it is now in its fourth p...
Title:Alejandro and the Fishermen of TancayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.25 inPublished:September 15, 2008Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816526796

ISBN - 13:9780816526796


Editorial Reviews

“Peruvian author Muñoz’s elegiac and piercing novel brings to life the once tiny town of Chimbote—and the nearby village of Tancay.” —Booklist "Muñoz offers an elegaic lament for a disappearing way of life along Peru's Pacific coast. Memorable personalities crop up throughout the narrative, including heroic Paton and muderous Canchero, but the disaster that invariably intervenes turns Muñoz's nostalgic journey into a meditation on natural disaster and political upheaval." —Publishers Weekly