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Writer and editor. He has been director of the National Program of Public Libraries, the library of the Universidad Externado of Colombia and the National Library. Professor of Literature for more than thirty years, and Cultural Counsel for the Colombian Embassy in Madrid. Much of his professional career has been dedicated to studying the literary and journalistic production of Gabriel García Márquez. He is co-founder and co-director, with Professor Andrés Lema-Hincapié, of the “Gabriel García Márquez Project” of the University of Colorado in Denver.
He has published the books: Novelas del dictador, dictadores de novela (Novels about Dictators, Dictators of Novels) (1978), Puerta abierta a Gabriel García Márquez (Opening the Door to Gabriel García Márquez) (1982), El tren y sus gentes (The Train and its People) (1995) — with Belisario Betancur as co-author, Gabriel García Márquez. El vicio incurable de contar (The Incurable Vice of Story Telling) (2005) and Leer a García Márquez (Reading García Márquez) (2015).
"When a war ends it does not go away," my mother says."It hides inside us . . . Just forget!"
But I do not want to do what Mother says . . . I want to remember.
In this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war. With candor and courage, she stitches together memories of her childhood: fear and confusion as bombs explode near her home and she is separated from her family; the harshness of
life as a Palestinian refugee; her unexpected joy when she discovers Alef, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. This is the beginning of her passionate connection to words, and as language becomes her refuge, allowing her to piece together the fragments of her world, it becomes her true home.
Transcending the particulars of politics, this illuminating and timely book provides a telling glimpse into a little-known culture that has become an increasingly important part of the puzzle of world peace.