J J Amaworo Wison Author- DAMNIFICADOS Novel Awarded 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award

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JJ Amaworo Wilson has been awarded the 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in the fiction category for his novel Damnificados. The awards list is comprised of published authors from the two neighboring states recognized in several categories ranging from Anthropology to Young Readers. To celebrate, both the novel and the eBook are now available for half-price!
$15.95   |  288 Pages
ISBN: 9781629631172
Damnificados

A Novel   

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JJ Amaworo Wilson

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Damnificados is loosely based on the real-life occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, the Tower of David. In this fictional version, six hundred “damnificados”—-vagabonds and misfits—-take over an abandoned urban tower and set up a community complete with schools, stores, beauty salons, bakeries, and a rag-tag defensive militia. Their always heroic (and often hilarious) struggle for survival and dignity pits them against corrupt police, the brutal military, and the tyrannical “owners.”

Taking place in an unnamed country at an unspecified time, the novel has elements of magical realism: avenging wolves, biblical floods, massacres involving multilingual ghosts, arrow showers falling to the tune of Beethoven’s Ninth, and a trash truck acting as a Trojan horse. The ghosts and miracles woven into the narrative are part of a richly imagined world in which the laws of nature are constantly stretched and the past is always present.
PRAISE
“A community of indigents attempting to settle in an unfinished skyscraper lock horns with the wealthy and powerful in this willfully strange debut novel. The crippled walk, two-headed beasts emerge from the gloom, and the earth swallows armies whole in a climax that’s an apocalyptic revenge fantasy.”
—-O Magazine, “16 Books to Start 2016 Right”
“Mr. Wilson, whose influences run from sci-fi to Steinbeck, tells his underdog story with lusty energy, filling it with all manner of portents and miracles, ‘like something out of the Bible,’ as one onlooker exclaims.”
—-Wall Street Journal 
“The author’s elegant language makes even the darkest of situations beautiful. Sure to attract readers who enjoy a touch of magic mixed in with their tales of social justice.”
—-Library Journal

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JJ Amaworo Wilson is a German-born, British-educated debut novelist. Based in the U.S., he has lived in 9 countries and visited 60. He is a prize-winning author of over 20 books about language and language learning. Damnificados is his first major fiction work. His short fiction has been published by Penguin, Johns Hopkins University Press, and myriad literary magazines in England and the U.S.

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