Blood of Paradise
this book is dedicated to the memory of
José Gilberto Soto,
an American citizen
and union organizer
murdered in El Salvador
on November 5, 2004.
ARENA Alianza Republicana Nacionalista, the major right-wing political party in El Salvador
areneros supporters of ARENA
CAFTA Central American ……
BECAME OF THE
It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.
—Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Island……
It is always said that aggression begins in denial and that violence originates in guilt.
—Michael Ignatieff, Blood and Belonging……
SINCE I MET
The true purpose of masks, as any actor will tell you, is not concealment, but transformation.
—Salman Rushdie, The Jag……
One rarely rushes into a single error. Rushing into the first, one always does too much. So one usually perpetrates another……
There is always another level, another secret, a way in which the heart breeds a deception so mysterious and complex it can only be ta……
Shall our blood fail? Or shall it come to be The blood of paradise?
—Wallace Stevens, “Sunday Morning”……
Although El Salvador obviously exists and many of its locales are represented in this book, some—such as San Bartolo Oriente and the Río Conacastal—ar……
The author owes a debt of gratitude to a number of people, without whose assistance this book would not exist. First and foremost are his editor, Mark……
FROM TROY TO BAGHDAD
(VIA EL SALVADOR)
By David Corbett
The Story’s Genesis
I conceived Blood of Paradise after reading Philoctetes, a spare and relat……
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