An Orphan World

byGiuseppe CaputoTranslated bySophie Hughes, Juana Adcock

March 7, 2021|
An Orphan World by Giuseppe Caputo
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In a poverty-stricken neighbourhood wedged between the city and the sea, a father and son struggle to keep their heads above water. Rather than being discouraged by their difficulties and hardship, their response is to come up with increasingly bizarre and imaginative plans in order to get by. Even when a horrifying, macabre event rocks the neighborhood and the locals start to flee, father and son decide to stay put. What matters is staying together. This is a bold, poignant text that juxtaposes a very tender father-son relationship with the son's sexual liberation and a brutal depiction of homophobic violence. Giuseppe Caputo uses delicate - yet electrifying - lyricism and imagery to weave a tale that balances desire, violence, discrimination, love, eroticism and defiance, while evoking with surreal humor the social marginalization of the protagonists as they struggle to keep afloat in a society where there are no safety nets. Like a brightly-lit theme park with its house of horrors, reminiscent in parts of James Baldwin's Another Country or Virginie Despentes' Vernon Subutex trilogy, An Orphan World defies the reader to look away, and the reward is an exhilarating carnival ride filled with beauty, compassion and loss.
Giuseppe Caputo was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1982. He studied creative writing at New York University, and at the University of Iowa. Also at Iowa, he specialised in gender studies. After being Cultural Director of the Bogota International Book Festival for many years, Caputo now teaches creative writing at the Instituto Caro...
Title:An Orphan WorldFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:218 pages, 7.8 X 5.1 X 0.72 inShipping dimensions:218 pages, 7.8 X 5.1 X 0.72 inPublished:March 7, 2021Publisher:Charco PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1916465625

ISBN - 13:9781916465626

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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