The False Years

Josefina Vicens, Author Latin American Literary Review Press $11.5 (94p) ISBN 978-0-935480-40-5
Less a novel than an extended dramatic monologue, this story is set entirely in the dreamy, emotionally charged mind of a 17-year-old boy as he stands at the grave of his father, whom he resembles in almost every way. Is it an act of devotion--Luis Alfonso clearly adores his father--or something less admirable that motivates his filial thoughts? As Luis's ruminations unfold, we learn with dismay that in a desire to emulate the deceased, he has engaged in crooked politics, rejected his mother and sister and even taken up with his father's old mistress. Vicens ( Blank Pages ), a Mexican writer who died last year, uses the primal father-son relationship to create an allegorical work haunted by questions of individual mortality and political conflict. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
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