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Velorio
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Velorio
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«En esta novela, la catástrofe se cuenta con precisión de cronista y belleza poética. Sus voces transcurren entre el tono íntimo y devastador de un diario del desastre y la mirada colectiva de la memoria que ve la esperanza en el linaje de resistencias que han enfrentado al poder desde tiempos ancestrales. Xavier Navarro Aquino nos entrega así una primera novela sobre el huracán que marcó un antes y un después en la historia de la isla». Joel Cintrón Arbasetti, periodista y autor de El Local y Sobre un animal muerto

Es septiembre de 2017 y el huracán María acaba de arrasar con Puerto Rico. Camila se siente perturbada por la muerte de su hermana, Marisol. Todo empezó cuando le arrancó un pedacito, el meñique que sobresalía del fango, tras el deslizamiento de tierra que se la llevó. Incapaz de desprenderse de ella, Camila carga con su cuerpo hasta llegar al supuesto paraíso perdido llamado «Memoria».

Urayoán, el profeta soñador pero peligroso de Memoria, tiene planes para su nueva sociedad: aspira a un nuevo orden tras el abandono del Gobierno. El paraíso que predica seduce a jóvenes de toda la isla, entre ellos a Pescao, Moriviví y Banto. Todos ellos tendrán que navegar el ascenso entre llamas del tirano Urayoán y enfrentarse a sus impulsos macabros para poder reclamar su hogar, una isla estremecida tanto por el paso impetuoso de María como por la violencia humana.

Velorio es la ansiada y desgarradora novela poshuracán que despierta nuestros miedos más profundos, pero que apela también a la voluntad y la fuerza de todo un pueblo a la hora de enfrentarnos a los corruptos en poder.

Xavier Navarro Aquino nació y se crió en Puerto Rico. Sus obras han sido publicadas en las revistas literarias Tin House, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern y Guernica. Ha recibido numerosas becas de parte de Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference y la prestigiosa MacDowell Fellowship. Cursó su maestría en Estudios Caribeños en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, recinto de Río Piedras, y tiene un doctorado en Literatura Inglesa en la Universidad de Nebraska-Lincoln. Actualmente, es profesor asociado en el programa de maestría en Inglés de la Universidad de Notre Dame.

«En esta novela, la catástrofe se cuenta con precisión de cronista y belleza poética. Sus voces transcurren entre el tono íntimo y devastador de un diario del desastre y la mirada colectiva de la memoria que ve la esperanza en el linaje de resistencias que han enfrentado al poder desde tiempos ancestrales. Xavier Navarro Aquino nos entrega así una primera novela sobre el huracán que marcó un antes y un después en la historia de la isla». Joel Cintrón Arbasetti, periodista y autor de El Local y Sobre un animal muerto

Es septiembre de 2017 y el huracán María acaba de arrasar con Puerto Rico. Camila se siente perturbada por la muerte de su hermana, Marisol. Todo empezó cuando le arrancó un pedacito, el meñique que sobresalía del fango, tras el deslizamiento de tierra que se la llevó. Incapaz de desprenderse de ella, Camila carga con su cuerpo hasta llegar al supuesto paraíso perdido llamado «Memoria».

Urayoán, el profeta soñador pero peligroso de Memoria, tiene planes para su nueva sociedad: aspira a un nuevo orden tras el abandono del Gobierno. El paraíso que predica seduce a jóvenes de toda la isla, entre ellos a Pescao, Moriviví y Banto. Todos ellos tendrán que navegar el ascenso entre llamas del tirano Urayoán y enfrentarse a sus impulsos macabros para poder reclamar su hogar, una isla estremecida tanto por el paso impetuoso de María como por la violencia humana.

Velorio es la ansiada y desgarradora novela poshuracán que despierta nuestros miedos más profundos, pero que apela también a la voluntad y la fuerza de todo un pueblo a la hora de enfrentarnos a los corruptos en poder.

Xavier Navarro Aquino nació y se crió en Puerto Rico. Sus obras han sido publicadas en las revistas literarias Tin House, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern y Guernica. Ha recibido numerosas becas de parte de Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference y la prestigiosa MacDowell Fellowship. Cursó su maestría en Estudios Caribeños en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, recinto de Río Piedras, y tiene un doctorado en Literatura Inglesa en la Universidad de Nebraska-Lincoln. Actualmente, es profesor asociado en el programa de maestría en Inglés de la Universidad de Notre Dame.

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  • Xavier Navarro Aquino was born and raised in Puerto Rico. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and Guernica. He has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a MacDowell Fellowship, and an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship at Dartmouth College. Aquino is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches in the MFA program.

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    October 25, 2021
    Navarro Aquino debuts with an elegiac and fervent ode to Puerto Rico that opens in the wake of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, as people grow increasingly desperate for food, water, and gasoline. In the absence of effective government, a magnetic young man named Urayoán sees an opportunity to take power, and—supported by his red-shirted minions—founds a self-sufficient society called Memoria. Urayoán limits Memoria’s inhabitants to young adults and teens, and the novel follows several of them, first as they follow signs in search of Memoria, rumored to be “the center of all things,” and later as they contend with Memoria’s growing violence and instability. There’s tough, independent Bayfish; his happy-go-lucky friend Banto; and Camila, who wanders the island, trancelike, carrying the corpse of her older sister, who was killed by a mudslide. The ambitious, polyphonic first half takes a little while to build steam, but once the characters gather in Memoria, the narrative takes off as Memoria threatens to collapse. Graphic, unsettling scenes of animalistic violence orchestrated by Urayoán are studded with moments of emotional clarity and grace. Throughout, Aquino’s characters grapple with all they have lost and wrestle with the temptation to feed their nostalgia for a place and a past that never really existed. This lyrical and emotionally raw story will leave readers reflecting on the pain and promise of memory.

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