Ghosts of Ocelots


Life in The Republic, a nation at once timeless and impossible, is a man lying in a road waiting to die, a scholar and a former death squad commander meeting at the crest of a high-rise office building, students disappearing into unmarked vans, and buses flying from cliffs. These seven stories bear the brand of a place that seems to operate according to its own laws of space and time, so different from the physics of our own world that simply to go there is to risk getting hopelessly lost, without a map to show the way out.

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“I hugely enjoyed this very realistic take on life in The Republic. These stories are fascinating – funny and tragic at the same time.” – Michael Coe, author of The Maya.

“Reynolds finds miracles not in Guatemala’s ancient pyramids but in the ‘brilliant ingenuities’ that allow the underclass to survive. He sees this dysfunctional neo-colony in America’s hinterland as ‘a playground of miracles.’ Weaving history and politics into the everyday life of the peasantry gives an unforgettable composite picture of life in the raw. Highly recommended.” – Eric Walberg, author of Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games.

“The stories of Ghosts of Ocelots are to be read for their layered richness of language and sensibilities… One is enveloped by the lushness of language and detail. The landscapes, city-scapes of poverty-and-violence-stricken Guatemala, and the persons that move in them, are drawn with an impressionist brush that provides the reader with a vivid feel for them. The narrator’s feeling for the people is clear – for their suffering, their sense of entrapment in hopeless poverty and squalor and a system of violence and genocide.” – Rafael Jesús Gonzalez, author of El Hacedor de Juegos/The Maker of Games.