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Uses magical realism, revolutionary politics, and romantic adventure to bring to life a colorful community of squatters in an imaginary Latin American city. 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, 600 "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.
Publisher: [United States] : PM Press : Made available through hoopla, 2015
ISBN: 9781629631752
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Oct 12, 2016

Very unique. Definitely worth reading. By the fourth or fifth chapter it finds its rhythm and you'll get pulled along as the story builds its momentum.

Jul 14, 2016

According to writer and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, this book should "be read by every politician and rich bastard and then force-fed to them--literally, page by page." I'm not sure what that would accomplish Jimmy. Inspired by an actual unfinished skyscraper in Caracas that was inhabited, "Damnificados" is part social commentary about class and welath and part Ballardesque dystopia (see "High-Rise"). Author J.J. Amaworo Wilson is Nigerian-English, but was born in Germany and currently works in New Mexico. Recommended.

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