“Damnificados” to be published, Sept 2015

Good news. My novel, Damnificados, will be published by PM Press in September 2015.

The novel is based on the true story of the Tower of David in Caracas, Venezuela. This structure stood in the heart of the city, unfinished and empty. Its owner, David Brillembourg, a millionaire businessman, died before it was completed, and then financing ran out. It was taken over by a group of damnificados (homeless men and women, ex-drug addicts, former criminals) and turned into a thriving community. The squatters lived there for 7 years, until their relocation in the summer of 2014.

I’ve taken the main events and added elements of magical realism: avenging wolves, biblical floods, massacres involving multilingual ghosts, and a trash truck acting as a Trojan horse. The result could be described as Mad Max meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

PM Press is based in Oakland, California, and London. The company is well-known for its commitment to projects that deal with issues of social justice, including civil rights, environmental justice, and the labour movement. Among its many authors, PM Press has published work by Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Ursula le Guin, Howard Zinn, C.L.R. James, Banksy, and Tom Hayden.

This image was created by my friend Peter Garcia, artist and public scholar. It is an early version of a painting he is making based on the novel.
This image was created by my friend Peter Garcia, artist and scholar. It’s an early version of a painting he’s making based on the novel.
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