By R. Viswanathan*
“Volver al oscuro valle” ( Return to the dark valley), the latest novel of the Colombian writer Santiago Gamboa, explores the Colombian society in the aftermath of the peace process agreed between the government and the FARC guerrillas. While most Colombians are trying their best ‘to forget and forgive’, it is impossible to do so for some of the victims who had suffered terrible trauma by the violence and crimes committed by FARC and others.
Gamboa has examined a wide spectrum of the political, economic, social, cultural, religious and terrorism issues of Colombia as well the rest of the world and has interpreted and analyzed them philosophically and intellectually.
Gamboa has weaved this Colombian story interestingly with the real life story of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud.
Having already enjoyed two books of Gamboa, I have just bought another one ‘ Perder es question de metodo’ ( loss is a matter of method). I can’t wait to start…
*Ambassador (retired) R. Viswanathan
Ambassador Viswanathan is “Passionate about Latin America”. He blogs, tweets, writes articles, publishes books, gives speeches and has a website on ‘Business with Latin America’. His interests cover politics, economies, history, literature, culture, music and movies of the region. He speaks spanish and portuguese languages.
He has been giving speeches in Indian and Latin American universities, business schools, think tanks as well as trade and industry organizations. He advises Indian companies and business organizations on Latin American markets. His articles have been published in newspapers and magazines of India, Latin America and US.
“Malgudi to Macondo – the journey of an innocent Indian through the seductive Latin America” is his second book published in August 2012. This has been translated into Telugu and published by the Telugu Academy, Hyderabad in 2016. His earlier book “Business with Latin America” – second edition was published by Eximbank of India in February 2005. He had also published Guides for Business with Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela and Brazil during his postings.
His diplomatic career:
– Ambassador of India to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay – 2007 to 2012. Retired from there on 31 may 2012
– Head of the Latin America Division in the Ministry of External Affairs of India – 2004 to 2007.
– Head of Investment and Trade Promotion Division in the Ministry, 2003 – 2004
– Ambassador to Venezuela 2000-2003.
– Consul General of India in Sao Paulo – 1996 to 2000.
– Previous postings include New York (mission to the United Nations), Mauritius, Libya, Pakistan and Portugal
His website: http://www.businesswithlatinamerica.com/
Blogs http://businesswithlatinamerica.blogspot.in/ and http://latinamericanaffairs.blogspot.in/