4 pictures. first picture cover Diálogos conmigo y mis otros. second picture Hostos Professor Isaac Goldemberg. third picture Chepén, madre de arena. fourth picture Remember the Scorpion; Dialoghi con me e con i miei altri

Hostos Distinguished Professor Isaac Goldemberg from the Humanities Department has published three new works: Remember the Scorpion; Dialoghi con me e con i miei altri/ Diálogos conmigo y mis otros;” and Chepén, madre de arena. These titles were all published in 2015 and represent the latest works of one of Peru’s most renowned poets and fiction writers.

Remember the Scorpion. Los Angeles, CA: Unnamed Press, 2015.
Remember the Scorpion tracks the wreckage of the Second World War—fought in the far-flung theaters of Europe and the Pacific—and reconstructs it in the conflicted psyche of a South American detective. Confronted with a pair of crimes that have their source in the horrors of World War II, Weiss must uncover the surprising relation between the perpetrators and their crimes, while searching deep within himself to conquer his own demons. 

According to Mexican writer Margo Glantz, “Isaac Goldemberg's first detective novel is a vertiginous, parodic, efficacious work; it gathers together all the stereotypes of the genre and honors its predecessors, both in literature and film. In a very brief space in time and very quickly, thanks to its memorable cocaine addict protagonist -as Robert de Niro in Sergio Leone's film-, we learn that love is sweet and miserable as in the sentimental boleros and waltzes. And that dreams are actually prophecies, because from the first line of the novel we are warned: ‘the coming events had begun to cast their shadow.”

Dialoghi con me e con i miei altri/Diálogos conmigo y mis otros (Dialogues with Myself and My others). Bilingual edition, translated by Emilio Coco. Rome: Giuliano Ladolfi Editore, 2015.

Poems from this book, many of them short, serve as a dialogue which the poet holds with other poets – from different ages – over poetry and poetic creation.

In the words of Emilio Coco, "the poems of Dialogues With Myself and My Others” revolve around themes of universal breath that carried the poet to reflect on the human condition, knowing that the voice of poetry has the last word. And Goldemberg does this by using a lucid and refined irony that sometimes is openly caustic."

Chepén, madre de arena. Trujillo: Editora Gráfica Real, 2015.

This book contains two independent sections written by Goldemberg and Eduardo González Viaña. Goldemberg’s section is a collage of his poetic and narrative work and also contains a series of brief texts gathered under the title of "Accounts and Inventories", where the author talks about his relationship with his hometown, Chepén, and the influence of his small-town experience in his writings. It also provides a series of autobiographical information in relation to his books, establishing bridges between these and the different epochs and genres in which they were written and stressing its double blood and cultural heritage, Jewish and Peruvian. Through the connections he sees, it highlights the strong coherence of the writer, as well as the features that characterize his themes and style.

In all, Professor Goldemberg has published some 25 books. He said that in the last couple of years he has been particularly busy, writing new books, adding translations of his books and reprints of previous books to his list of publishing projects.

“As a writer who continues to publish works that find a good reception in different countries, I hope these contributions add to Hostos’ and CUNY’s great reputation,” Professor Goldemberg said.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.