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Loosing My Espanish by H.G. Carrillo
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Oct 18, 2005 | ISBN 9781400078141

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Loosing My Espanish is a novel that exists in a realm where beauty and memory and longing are one. Mr. Carrillo’s talents are formidable, his lyricism pitch-perfect, and his compassion limitless.”
–Junot Díaz, bestselling, Pulitzer Prize– winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“His literary ancestors are the fabulous Latins with their reverence for myth and for memory, their penchant for surrealism: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende.”
The Washington Post Book World

“Evocative. . . . The interplay of two languages offers many beautiful effects.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Did you know that language can be read and heard and seen and touched? That you can smell it, taste it? Try Loosing My Espanish.”
–Eduardo Galeano, author of the Memory of Fire trilogy

“H. G. Carrillo’s remarkable prose captures memory, loss, and desire like a net made of language. In its trappings we find all sorts of gifts, from history to puns to love songs. Loosing My Espanish is enchantingly brilliant. What we are witnessing is the evolution of a great American writer.”
–Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Chango’s Fire

“In Loosing My Espanish, paradoxically, the great winner is Spanish, not only for the way in which the text is subverted by that language, but also for the splendid way in which it has given blood, spirit, and conviction to a moving novel that breathes Cuba in a major key.”
–Mayra Montero, author of Deep Purple

“An incisive look into the lives of a Cuban American family. . . . Lyrical, skillfully descriptive, bold, colorful, magical and vibrant with cultural rhythm and resonance.”
—Black Issues Book Review

“Will be of interest to everyone who has inherited a history and a language they could not fully connect with but still tried to preserve.”
The Miami Herald

“What is a historical fact if not a personal history, a country’s history, a political history? In his stunning first novel, Carrillo delivers a narrator who erupts and disrupts the pavements of the Cuban-American experience by showing us that the most accurate, if not truthful, fact comes from the memory of the impassioned heart. The rhythmic beauty of Carrillo’s commanding storytelling leaves you with the urgency of trying to catch your breath. I can’t imagine another American history course being taught without Loosing My Espanish as required reading.”
–Helena María Viramontes, author of Under the Feet of Jesus

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