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"Paciencia Perdida does not make you lose your patience at all. Entering this kaleidoscope of contemporary Peruvian literature is an adventure and a risk. Lose yourself into this labyrinth and I am sure you will continue exploring our country's new voices. Like most Peruvians you will simultaneously enjoy and suffer as you start to identify with authentic life experiences from Peru." - Alejandro Neyra, Peru's former Minister of Culture and author of Mi monstruo sagrado
"Paciencia Perdida is a true gift of a book that illuminates the wholeness and complexity of contemporary Peruvian literature. As part of the Peruvian English-speaking diaspora, I was entranced to read familiar voices and discover several new to me, and to feel, with each turn of the page, ever closer to home." - Natalia Sylvester, author of Chasing the Sun and Breathe and Count Back From Ten
Paciencia Perdida is an anthology of short stories that brings together twenty-seven of the most renowned contemporary Peruvian authors from around the world. Translated and edited by Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz.
Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz is a Professor of Latin American Literature & Culture and Coordinator of the First-Year Experience Program at the University of the Incarnate Word. Before coming to UIW, he was Associate Professor of Spanish & Latin American Studies and Vice Chair of Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He received his BA in Spanish and French from Virginia Tech, and his MA and PhD in Modern Foreign Languages from the University of Tennessee. His research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American literature, popular culture studies, cultural gastronomy and representations of violence in various types of cultural productions. He has published Forasteros en tierra extraña (2012), a study on contemporary Peruvian literature and political violence, and co-edited the monograph La narrativa de Jorge Eduardo Benavides: Textos críticos (2018). Saxton-Ruiz is also the Editor-in-Chief of Stories from Peru, an online magazine of Peruvian literature in translation into English. His scholarly articles and translations have appeared in diverse publications in the UK, USA, Cuba, and Peru including Words Without Borders, Revista Hiedra, Palabras Errantes, Hispanófila, Latin American Literature Today and Revista Conjunto-Casa de las Américas. He spends more time than he should curating eclectic playlists featuring bands from the Elephant 6 collective, Peruvian psychedelic chicha, '90s shoegaze, yacht rock and Memphis soul. Instagram: @saxtonruiz
"Paciencia Perdida does not make you lose your patience at all. Entering this kaleidoscope of contemporary Peruvian literature is an adventure and a risk. Lose yourself into this labyrinth and I am sure you will continue exploring our country's new voices.