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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Saturday, September 14, 2013

How to Become a Writer: Marciano Guerrero (Part 2 of 20)

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When I was eight years old, I recall that life in my small town —Viru, in northern Peru— was droll, and uneventful. Nothing extraordinary ever happened there. Not that it mattered much to me because at that age I lived a rich, exciting life in my imagination. Glorious, with child-eyes I would devour the comics, magazines, and adventure illustrated books that either my mother or my father would bring from their trips from the larger city.

The Count of Montecristo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Three Musketeers, Superman, Batman and Robin, The Shadow, Robinson Crusoe, Jane Eyre, Gulliver, Scaramouche, and many other fictitious beings were my intimate friends. Each and every story ever published by Emilio Salgari —an Italian writer of action, suspense, and swashbucklers — I read and re-read to exhaustion; my reading compensated for the lack of real action in that sleepy town of my childhood.  But all that was to change.

Yet, despite my young years, I felt a sense of apprehension and dread. In a small town where everyone knew each other, adults would abruptly shut up when I walked into their conversations. Even at home, servants and family retainers would whisper, disband, and go about their business. One evening, after supper, I noticed that several women had come to see my mother who wasn’t feeling well. When I saw the priest —father Morelos— hurrying to join the group, my heart seemed to stop. God help me! I knew something was wrong and I didn’t know what. Frightened more than curious, panicked beyond control, I crashed into their meeting and with tears in my eyes I threw myself into my mother’s arms and begged her not die. Without wasting a second, my mother told me that her illness wasn’t serious at all; that it was a different type of pain that she was experiencing.
 “Father Morelos, take him into the other room and explain what is happening,” she said. “He’s old enough to understand. Besides he knows all about political intrigues.”
Good old father Morelos, a rubicund Spanish priest who once or twice a week came to dine with us, told me that my father had left town.
 “But he will come back soon; it’s a matter of weeks,” he hastened to add.
Although his Castilian accent mixed with Latin expressions sounded strange to my ears, I understood every word he spoke. In sum, my father had travelled to Arequipa, in southern Peru, to join General Odria—a coup d’état was imminent.

As expected, General Odria, with the support from other Army officers, was installed as dictator in late 1948.

My first experience with political power and with the power of the written word came when I asked my father to enroll me in the Guadalupe High School. A school of heroes, of personalities, of celebrities, composers, musicians, poets, diplomats, and leaders of the nation was my choice. Yet a public school it was. Children from even the remotest hamlets and villages in the Andes, and from different social strata, were admitted there based on a tough entrance exam. While most well-off families enrolled their children in prestigious catholic and other private academies, I was determined to attend Guadalupe much against my parents' wishes. The school was then run by the military, and the director was a lieutenant colonel. But somehow I managed to win my father's approval, and he sided with me, promising his help.

Despite the years that have gone by, I still recall with much nostalgia the single word the director wrote on the presidential card that my father had handed him. The director wrote: “Approved.” My father had gotten a recommendation from General Odria --by then duly elected president of the republic-- that said: “Please help my nephew Marciano Guerrero who is soliciting admission to your prestigious school. And kindly call my aide-de-camp … when his admission is formalized.”
 
With such recommendation, no entrance examination was required, and for the record: the president of the republic was not my uncle, nor was I related to him in any degree. It was all a power play.



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