Fire in Casabindo

Héctor Tizón

NOVEL. NEW EDITION ALFAGUARA, 2000. 120 PAGES.

Fire in Casabindo tells the real-life 19th century story of the indigenous people of northwest Argentina. This is the tale of a crushing defeat, that of the Battle of Quera, the culmination of the white man’s conquest, and the slow, painful retreat of the Coya, the true owners of the land, who from then on were definitively dispossessed. The story of the battle and its consequences is told by a multitude of voices from the past and present, living and dead, who linger at different locations in the landscape to tell of the injustice they have suffered. In a poor, desolate land so vast that you have to change your horse seven times just to cross it and where God only gave speed to a few animals because he couldn’t get to them all, it’s perfectly possible for the soul of a dead warrior to return to settle accounts with the man who killed him. That would be Doroteo, the Coya leader, who comes back as a wandering shadow, to seek his killer. However, the novel is not just a fictional account of a battle and its victims, it is an original, multifaceted patchwork of images, characters and poems from a forgotten time, which Hector Tizón approaches with humility, silence and loving dedication, listening to the voices of suffering and extermination before sharing them with the reader.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish EDICIONES SOL DE ÍCARO / TINTA FRESCA / ALFAGUARA

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