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It Would Be Night in Caracas

by Karina Sainz Borgo

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It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo
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    Oct 2019, 224 pages

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This gripping novel in translation charts one woman's attempt to survive the violent social upheaval of Venezuela's capital city following economic crisis.

Karina Sainz Borgo's It Would Be Night in Caracas, translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Bryer, sketches a vivid portrait of present-day Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. The story follows protagonist Adelaida Falcón, 38, as she struggles to recover from her mother's recent death from cancer and contend with Caracas's social upheaval. The city, like the rest of Venezuela, has been rocked by protest and political instability since the death of former President Hugo Chavez in 2013, and volatile world oil prices now threaten to collapse the nation's economy, which heavily depends on exporting oil. Sainz Borgo's clear, poetic prose and richly textured account of Venezuelan history deliver a remarkable panorama of a country, a city, and a community on the verge of violent change.

At the novel's start, civil unrest and violence on the streets have effectively trapped Adelaida in ...

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