A superb collection of prose and poetry that springs directly from the revolution in El Salvador. The literature vibrates with a sense of anger and irony, urgency and hope, against a backdrop of oppression and brutality.
About the authors
Keith Ellis is a professor emeritus in the Department of Italian and Hispanic Studies at the University of Toronto.
Mirrors of War is a ‘cinematographic’ compilation of mature prose and poetry reflecting the Salvadoran revolution’s moods from lyrical to brutal, and including the country’s famous poet Roque Dalton.
Professor Ellis’s translation effectively conveys to English readers the power and immediacy of the original language, with its frequent use of first-person narration, the evocation of the rhythms and idioms of popular speech, and the images of peasant life in the midst of war’s brutality and disruption.
Canadian Book Review Annual