How to pronounce Lamar Herrin: luh-MAR
Lamar Herrin is an American Novelist. He has authored several novels including The Lies Boy Tell that became a 1994 made-for-television drama starring Kirk Douglas and Craig Nelson.
His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Epoch, and Paris Review, which awarded him its Aga Kahn fiction prize. He is also the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, winner of the Associated Writing Program's Award for the Novel, and is Professor Emeritus of creative writing and contemporary literature at Cornell University.
His most recent works include Romancing Spain, the story of how he met and fell in love with his wife of 30 years, and Fractures published in 2013.
He and his wife, Amparo, split their time between Ithaca, New York and Valencia, Spain.
This biography was last updated on 01/01/2015.
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Lamar Herrin talks about House of the Deaf.
When I was director of Cornell University's Study Abroad program in Spain, I
did my jogging around the Parque Santander. A number of my students did,
too. Three or four years later, an American man running around that same
park was killed when a car bomb, planted by the Basque nationalist
organization ETA, went off before a Civil Guard headquarters. I couldn't
help but ask myself: What if that American had been one of my students? How
would I answer to the parents of such a student should they present
themselves before me?
In spite of Basque pressures for independence, in spite of ETA, Spain remains a charming country, with a ceremonial sense of itself that brings the Old World up to date and takes history out of the museums and puts it squarely in the streets. Then a bomb goes off and all that history gets ripped apart.
Spain has its dark side (Goya painted his dark paintings in a house called "House of the Deaf Man"), and the darker Spain gets the more powerful its pull might be felt to become. As a novelist, I wanted to see what might happen to a revenge-minded American, whose ...
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