• Exile Hangout: Venezuela
    Exile Hangout: Venezuela

    In this Exile Hangout, writer-in-residence Israel Centeno engages Venezuelan authors Liliana Lara, Juan Carlos Chirinos, and Juan Carlos Mendez Guedez. They reveal the realities of living overseas as Venezuelan writers and they expand upon what it means to truly live “in exile” within and outside their country of origin.

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  • Hiraeth and Black Sand
    Black Sand and Hiraeth

    Continuing with his discussion on exile, writer Israel Centeno offers an examination of the word “hiraeth” – “that unattainable yearning felt for a person, figure, or even nation that probably never existed” – and a reading of Black Sand, a novel by Venezuelan author Juan Carlos Méndez Guedéz.

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