Like This Afternoon Forever

Author:   Jaime Manrique
Publisher:   Akashic Books,U.S.
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Pages:   224
Publication Date:   27 June 2019
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Two Catholic priests fall in love amid deadly conflicts in the Amazon between the Colombian government, insurgent groups, and drug cartels. For the last fifty years, the Colombian drug cartels, various insurgent groups, and the government have fought over the control of the drug traffic, in the process destroying vast stretches of the Amazon, devastating Indian communities, and killing tens of thousands of homesteaders caught in the middle of the conflict. Inspired by these events, Jaime Manrique's sixth novel, Like This Afternoon Forever, weaves in two narratives: the shocking story of a series of murders known internationally as 'the false positives,' and the related story of two gay Catholic priests who become lovers when they meet in the seminary. 'The author's six novel weaves together a series of murders and the story of two gay Catholic priests who become lovers' - New York Times Book Review'Manrique's drama of a dangerous love affair in a world of blood, terror, displacement, and desperation grapples with profound and persistent conflicts' - Booklist

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Author:   Jaime Manrique
Publisher:   Akashic Books,U.S.
Imprint:   Akashic Books,U.S.
ISBN:  

9781617757150


ISBN 10:   1617757152
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   27 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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In his new novel, Jaime Manrique takes us into the worlds and lives of two star-crossed lovers, Ignacio and Lucas, who meet in a Catholic school in Colombia in the early 1990s and forge a life-long bond. Against the backdrop of Colombia's recent history of violence and poverty, their story combines love story and political thriller, with a touch of social criticism thrown in for good measure. --GLBT Reviews Inspired by the last 50 years of the devastation done to the Amazon, Indian communities and homesteaders by drug cartels, insurgent groups and the Colombian government, Like This Afternoon Forever by Colombian-born gay writer Jaime Manrique, centers on the 'visceral love story' of Lucas and Ignacio. --Peach, included in Pride/Stonewall reading list Like Jaime's other writing, the novel is fleet, clear, and so humbly and economically written as to seem effortless. In tone, it's as if a good, trusted friend or relative were telling you a story you could always follow and that is always somehow comforting, even as it draws you evermore deeply into realms of danger, suffering and tragedy. --Medium, included in a feature piece by Dr. Lawrence Mass Jaime Manrique is a brilliant storyteller and Like This Afternoon Forever is a sensational, romantic, sexy and heartbreaking page-turner. His insightful view of Colombia and ability to develop rich memorable characters is remarkable. I loved this book! --This Week in Texas Manrique is our Scheherazade. --Sandra Cisneros A novel about two seminary students who fall in love, Like This Afternoon Forever is a powerful story of religion, poverty, sexuality, and tenderness, as quick and intense as a fairy tale, yet as real and brutal as contemporary Latin America. Jaime Manrique has written a beautiful, moving narrative about two good men in a dangerous world. --Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters A tremendous novel, beautiful, passionate, and compassionate. In it we are able to recognize ourselves and, perhaps more importantly, come face to face with the other, unknown to us only because we choose not to see. --El Tiempo (Colombia) Like This Afternoon Forever is magnificent. On one level it is a simple and moving story of love between two poor young Colombian men, Lucas and Ignacio. Jaime Manrique tells their story in a voice that magically balances lyrical intimacy with reportorial distance; he has given us a novel that at once conveys the immediacy of art and the weight of headlines. A very special book. --Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors Manrique is a sophisticated rarity in contemporary letters. --El Pa s (Colombia) Manrique is a brilliant, agile, and supremely natural storyteller. He builds a world so deeply imagined that it seems to come from air, and so real it feels pulled directly from memory. Like This Afternoon Forever is both a great gay novel and a great novel, simply. It provides an intimate view of Colombia we would not have access to otherwise. This suspenseful and deeply moving story is also romantic, disturbing, sad, wise, funny, sexy, and full of truths. I will remember this book and these characters as if I knew them personally. --Ira Sachs, award-winning filmmaker of Little Men Manrique fashions a tale of love, demystifying themes such as the amorous passion between two men, while tracing their pastoral efforts in areas of open conflict and poverty. The more you read, the more you're drawn into their story. --La Opini n (Colombia) Jaime Manrique is a brilliant writer--compassionate, lyrical, and emotionally precise--and Like This Afternoon Forever is dazzling and heartbreaking, a page-turning masterpiece that kept me up for hours. I loved this book. --Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans


Like Jaime's other writing, the novel is fleet, clear, and so humbly and economically written as to seem effortless. In tone, it's as if a good, trusted friend or relative were telling you a story you could always follow and that is always somehow comforting, even as it draws you evermore deeply into realms of danger, suffering and tragedy. --Medium, included in a feature piece by Dr. Lawrence Mass Manrique is our Scheherazade. --Sandra Cisneros A novel about two seminary students who fall in love, Like This Afternoon Forever is a powerful story of religion, poverty, sexuality, and tenderness, as quick and intense as a fairy tale, yet as real and brutal as contemporary Latin America. Jaime Manrique has written a beautiful, moving narrative about two good men in a dangerous world. --Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters A tremendous novel, beautiful, passionate, and compassionate. In it we are able to recognize ourselves and, perhaps more importantly, come face to face with the other, unknown to us only because we choose not to see. --El Tiempo (Colombia) Like This Afternoon Forever is magnificent. On one level it is a simple and moving story of love between two poor young Colombian men, Lucas and Ignacio. Jaime Manrique tells their story in a voice that magically balances lyrical intimacy with reportorial distance; he has given us a novel that at once conveys the immediacy of art and the weight of headlines. A very special book. --Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors Manrique is a sophisticated rarity in contemporary letters. --El Pa s (Colombia) Manrique is a brilliant, agile, and supremely natural storyteller. He builds a world so deeply imagined that it seems to come from air, and so real it feels pulled directly from memory. Like This Afternoon Forever is both a great gay novel and a great novel, simply. It provides an intimate view of Colombia we would not have access to otherwise. This suspenseful and deeply moving story is also romantic, disturbing, sad, wise, funny, sexy, and full of truths. I will remember this book and these characters as if I knew them personally. --Ira Sachs, award-winning filmmaker of Little Men Manrique fashions a tale of love, demystifying themes such as the amorous passion between two men, while tracing their pastoral efforts in areas of open conflict and poverty. The more you read, the more you're drawn into their story. --La Opini n (Colombia) Jaime Manrique is a brilliant writer--compassionate, lyrical, and emotionally precise--and Like This Afternoon Forever is dazzling and heartbreaking, a page-turning masterpiece that kept me up for hours. I loved this book. --Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans


Author Information

Jaime Manrique is a Colombian-born novelist, poet, essayist, and translator who writes both in English and Spanish, and whose work has been translated into fifteen languages. Among his publications in English are the novels Colombian Gold, Latin Moon in Manhattan, Twilight at the Equator, Our Lives Are the Rivers, and Cervantes Street; he has also published the memoir Eminent Maricones: Arenas, Lorca, Puig, and Me. His honors include Colombia's National Poetry Award, a 2007 International Latino Book Award (Best Novel, Historical Fiction), and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a distinguished lecturer in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the City College of New York.

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