Tyrant Memory

Tyrant Memory Castellanos Moya s most thrilling book to date about the senselessness of tyranny The tyrant of Horacio Castellanos Moya s ambitious new novel is the actual pro Nazi mystic Maximiliano Hern ndez Mart

  • Title: Tyrant Memory
  • Author: Horacio Castellanos Moya Katherine Silver
  • ISBN: 9780811219174
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • Castellanos Moya s most thrilling book to date, about the senselessness of tyranny The tyrant of Horacio Castellanos Moya s ambitious new novel is the actual pro Nazi mystic Maximiliano Hern ndez Mart nez known as the Warlock who came to power in El Salvador in 1932 An attempted coup in April, 1944, failed, but a general strike in May finally forced him out of officeCastellanos Moya s most thrilling book to date, about the senselessness of tyranny The tyrant of Horacio Castellanos Moya s ambitious new novel is the actual pro Nazi mystic Maximiliano Hern ndez Mart nez known as the Warlock who came to power in El Salvador in 1932 An attempted coup in April, 1944, failed, but a general strike in May finally forced him out of office Tyrant Memory takes place during the month between the coup and the strike Its protagonist, Hayd e Aragon, is a well off woman, whose husband is a political prisoner and whose son, Clemente, after prematurely announcing the dictator s death over national radio during the failed coup, is forced to flee when the very much alive Warlock starts to ruthlessly hunt down his enemies The novel moves between Hayd e s political awakening in diary entries and Clemente s frantic and often hysterically comic efforts to escape capture Tyrant Memory sharp, grotesque, moving, and often hilariously funny is an unforgettable incarnation of a country s history in the destiny of one family.

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    1. Horacio Castellanos Moya Katherine Silver

      HORACIO CASTELLANOS MOYA is a writer and a journalist from El Salvador For two decades he worked as editor of news agencies, magazines and newspapers in Mexico, Guatemala and his own country As a fiction writer, he was granted residencies in a program supported by the Frankfurt International Book Fair 2004 2006 and in the City of Asylum program in Pittsburgh 2006 2008 He has also taught in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh In 2009, he was guest researcher at the University of Tokyo with a fellowship granted by the Japan Foundation He has published eleven novels, five short story collections, two essay books, and a diary His novels have been translated into twelve languages five of them Senselessness, The She Devil in the mirror, Dance with Snakes, Revulsion, and Tyrant memory are available in English He was awarded the Manuel Rojas Iberoamerican Prize for Fiction 2014, by the Government of Chile.


    1. tyrant memory (tirana memoria), castellanos moya's fourth (and longest) work to be translated into english, takes place in the tumultuous spring of 1944, during which metaphysically-inclined salvadoran president maximiliano hernández martinez ("the warlock") survives a coup but is ultimately deposed following the student-led strike of fallen arms. the story, while based on historical events, is a fictionalized one. the tale concerns the aragon family, and the tribulations they are forced to end [...]

    2. Not as captivating as Moya's Senselessness, but to be honest, not many books are. Set primarily during the fateful April/May of 1944 when the pro-Nazi, mystic "Warlock" was overthrown in El Salvador, this novel focuses on Dona Haydee's role in the coup, while her husband is imprisoned and her son is chased by the authorities. For a sample and more info, visit readnext.

    3. Tyrant Memory by Horacio Castellanos Moya (Trans. from the Spanish by Katherine Silver, New Directions, 2011).I read this novel a few months after having read Moya’s The She-Devil in the Mirror (New Directions, 2009), both translated by Katherine Silver. They are equally captivating, both written, at least in part, in the voice of a woman who, although apparently apolitical, ends up being, through her record (her diary in Tyrant Memory; her monologue in The-She Devil) an incredible witness to [...]

    4. horacio castellanos moya here presents a novel of historical fiction centered around a failed coup d'etat in 1944 el salvador. the work balances between the diary of a woman, haydee, who worries about her husband who is a political prisoner and who becomes an unlikely activist, and the story of her son, who is a fugitive from the military after taking part in the failed coup. this book is, um, ok. the diary is compelling as it presents a cultural context that provides an international point of r [...]

    5. an interesting novel in diary form detailing san salvador in 1944, just before the "nazi warlock" matrinez "stepped down" from the dictatorship of el salvador. The diarist is a compelling and sympathetic character who is driven to activism because her family (husband in prison, oldest son on the lam) is finally is so threatened she MUST act, fight back. then a funny little twist at the end of the novel, long after diarist is dead, and husband is old and dying, that we find maybe a reliable narra [...]

    6. A damn fine read, though my least favorite of the four English translations of Castellanos Moya. I know comparing this to his other books is not the best way to judge it, but after Senselessness everything else pales. Nevertheless, there are some stunning moments and it is, overall, a tight political novel with a poignant ending. He’s still my favorite living writer.

    7. Mostly memorable for its unique format, this book reads like a Coen brothers movie. Hilarious and dark, Horacio Castellanos Moya has the sense to not take himself too seriously, even while all of his characters are humorlessly self-involved. Definitely worth reading no matter what, but even more rewarding with some historical background knowledge.

    8. A woman keeps a diary during a failed coup, which involves her inept son and imprisoned husband. She's charmingly naive, so her observations are often chuckle-worthy. But then we're given chapters about said son, which are chuck-away-this-book-worthy.

    9. Excellent read storyline weaves in and out of the horrors of oppression, pitting individual against state, and life against death full of human strength.

    10. I really enjoyed the first half of this but felt it faltered significantly in the second half for a few reasons: 1) While I understand that the goal was to suggest a larger narrative through oblique techniques (i.e. Haydee's diary and the almost play-scripted scenes with Jimmy and Clemen), the introduction of plot points and important details (like characters' names, backstory and relationships) often felt quite forced/unnatural within the logic of the narrative itself (i.e. if Haydee is keeping [...]

    11. Tyrant Memory is the first Horacio Castellanos Moya novel I've read, chosen for the wonderfully resonant title with meanings reverberating between the two words. But I think something's wrong here, possibly the translation. The voices seemed inauthentic, especially the style in which Haydée's diary was written, but most of all the unconvincing voices of her son Clemente, on the run for political activity against the dictator which was little more than a youthful larking around for him, despite [...]

    12. Tyrant memory, Moya is quickly becoming one of my favorite living writers and I thought this was the best work I've read of his far and I didn't expect that to be case as it is historical fiction and with the main character not being in the mold of the previous two (Dreams of my Return, Senselessness) where they are despearte drunk sex-obsessed men (I like that type of rantingness and anxiety a lot)but Haydee is a beautiful character, I fell in love with her a bit and her diary entries and the i [...]

    13. I found the beginning of the book really badly written, full of unnecessary adjectives and adverbs, but then it improves and some of the writting becomes quite good. Unfortunately I think Castellanos Moya chose the wrong narrator. Her point of view is quite shallow and many times uninteresting. I don't understand why he picked that narrator for the closing of the book either. His is a character that never appears in the story (he is mentioned but that's it). I think it diminishes the effectivene [...]

    14. Still making my way through this one. I do like it but am not racing through. Probably because I am not familiar with El Salvador and its dramatic history. Already have Senselessness from the library. Having finished Senselessness since finishing this novel I would probably rate it a 5, but I will stick with my first impression which was three stars. I was so thoroughly impressed with Senselessness I felt I understood Moya's style and could then understand Tyrant Memory. I missed a lot of the "p [...]

    15. There's a great story in here somewhere but unfortunately it doesn't emerge. One would think a week or two in the life of a failed El Salvador Coup could not be dull, but much of the narration happens through a wealthy woman writing in her diary, juxtaposed to the parallel story of two members of the failed revolutionaries (one is the son of the woman)trying to escape. I wondered if some of the problem was caused by a poor translation because the diary part comes across as dry non-fiction.

    16. I chose to read this book in order to learn about the culture of El Salvador since I will be going on a mission trip there this summer. I enjoyed reading the book and learning the history and culture, but felt that it left many gaps as to what happened to many of the characters after the strike. It is touched on briefly, but I would have liked to have known more of their story. Another chapter on Clemente and Jimmy's return to society would have been helpful.

    17. So-so book with a so-so plot that was actually quite boring to read even though the blurbs on the back say otherwise. I found nothing "hysterically funny" or "brilliant" or "masterful" about it. I am incensed by insult with the idea promoted by the publisher that this book is "pitch-perfect" with "pitch-black humor". Poppycock and an awful shame to waste ones time.

    18. Sounded way more interesting ("thrilling!" "hilarious!" "gripping!") than it actually read. And I am at a bit of a loss why this particular historical moment came off so boring - but it was. Clunky and awkward. Most unfortunate, but at least my interest was piqued to learn more about this mystic warlock general in El Salvador!

    19. Now I have read all four novels that have been translated into English, I shall have to learn Spanish to read the rest.

    20. A really fun story and great perspective on the 1944 coup. I loved all of the diary entries, but was not as fond of the fugitives storyline.

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