Published by
Seix Barral (unscheduled)
Current material
MS: Final Edited
Original language
Politics & government


by Avilés, Marco

DE DÓNDE VENIMOS LOS CHOLOS is a book about immigrants written at a time when many politicians find arguments to expel immigrants, foreigners, those who are different.

Is to be white again a marker of assumed privilege? In Perú, cities have fought for centuries a territorial and ideological battle against the cholos, that mass that descends from the mountains, fleeing poverty and threatening the alleged purity of official culture.

Marco Avilés is a cholo and immigrant writer who decides to embark on a return journey to this outcast sector of his country where the cholos come from. Sometimes he lands in towns and villages with fixed coordinates. Other times he wanders in his own biography. What is it that kept them there? What makes them stay now?, the author asks while living with shepherds, hunters, fishermen, and observing them in the mirror of personal history.

One of Latin America's best young writers, MARCO AVILES hails from Abancay, Peru, grew up in Líma, and currently lives in Maine with his wife and a hairless dog. He is the author of Día de visita (Visiting Day) (Aguilar 2007; Libros del KO, 2012), chronicling the personal lives and loves stories within a notorious women's prison in Lima which he visited weekly over the course of one year. Avilés, former editor of Etiqueta Negra and Cometa, is according to Daniel Alarcón (AT NIGHT WE WALK IN CIRCLES; Riverhead, 2016) “one of the best writers working today… there's no one I trust more to tell our stories.”

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DE DONDE VENIMOS LOS CHOLOS was named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by New York Times Espanol.

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