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Daniel Alarcón


Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón is the author of AT NIGHT WE WALK IN CIRCLES, which was a finalist for the 2014 PEN-Faulkner Award, as well as the story collection WAR BY CANDLELIGHT and the novel LOST CITY RADIO. His writing has appeared in the New York Times MagazineGrantan+1 and Harper’s, and in 2010, he was named one of the New Yorker‘s “20 under 40.” He is executive producer of "Radio Ambulante," and teaches at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York.

Daniel Alarcón

Books by Daniel Alarcón

by Daniel Alarcón - Fiction, Short Stories

Migration. Betrayal. Family secrets. Doomed love. Uncertain futures. In Daniel Alarcón’s hands, these are transformed into deeply human stories with high stakes. In "The Thousands," people are on the move and forging new paths; hope and heartbreak abound. A man deals with the fallout of his blind relatives' mysterious deaths and his father's mental breakdown and incarceration in "The Bridge." A gang member discovers a way to forgiveness and redemption through the haze of violence and trauma in “The Ballad of Rocky Rontal.” And in "The Auroras," a man severs himself from his old life and seeks to make a new one in a new city, only to find himself seduced and controlled by a powerful woman.

by Daniel Alarcón - Fiction

Troubled young actor Nelson lands a starring role in a revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by his hero. The tour across his South American country whisks him out of the shelter of the city and across a landscape he has never seen. With each performance, Nelson grows closer to his fellow actors until, during one memorable performance, a long-buried betrayal surfaces to force the troupe into chaos.