Victor Perera's father, a talmudic scholar, was a first-generation immigrant in Guatemala who began as an itinerant pedlar, selling bolts of cloth to Indians. He later arranged a marriage by mail with a third cousin from Jerusalem, and gradually became one of the capital's leading merchants. His son moved with the adaptability of a child between the sheltered life of his bourgeois family and the Catholic, anti-semitic and sex-dominated world outside. Victor Perera survived, but the violent character of life in Guatemala - a land haunted by death squads - crippled the lives of his Indian nurse, his white classmates and his "mestizo" best friend.
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Greatly entertaining, certainly one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time. -- Ian Thomson, The Independent
Perera demonstrates a lively wit on every page. -- The Times Literary Supplement
Perera has brought that curious shape on the map to life. -- The Sunday Morning Post
Rites is an important book for anyone who wants a fuller understanding of the reality of Central America. -- San Francisco Chronicle
Victor Perera's Rites is enjoyable, enlightening, sometimes even startling. -- Norman Lewis, The Weekend Telegraph
Victor Perera was born in 1934 of Sephardic Jewish parents in Guatemala. Although he was later educated at Brooklyn College and at the University of Michigan, he has made frequent return trips to Guatemala, and most of his writings are connected with Latin America. He has written numerous articles and essays for, among others, The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker. His books include Last Lords of Palenque (co-authored with Robert Bruce) a first-hand account of life among the Lacandon Indians, a minute communtiy that still retained Maya traditions.
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Book Description Flamingo, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1948908
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Book Description Flamingo, London England, 1987. Softcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Flamingo Edition. Its setting is uniquely exotic: the Jewish community in Guatemala, a country haunted by its violent history. The author recalls the turmoil of his surroundings, and the conflict between the Jewish family rites of his home and the crippling macho code of Latin America, with an often subversive wit and with devasting clarity. It was not a safe world, for a moment: the army political strife and homosexual prostitution soon claimed their victims from among Perera's classmates. But he recalls it with tenderness, nevertheless, and makes sense of the violence - between fathers and sons, rulers and ruled - that holds Guatemala in its grip. It is this which gives to this single life its deeper resonance. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 014989