Hostos Professor author Isaac Goldemberg
Hostos Distinguished Professor and celebrated author Isaac Goldemberg’s novel, Remember the Scorpion, has been released in Italian (Ricordati lo scorpion).

The novel takes place after a tremendous earthquake has struck Lima, the Peruvian capital, in 1970. As mayhem reigns throughout the city, tensions are high, and people are reeling from the disaster and mesmerized by the results of World Cup matches being broadcast from Mexico. Enter Detective Simon Weiss, tasked with solving two shocking and apparently unrelated murders: the crucifying and beheading of a Japanese man in a pool hall and an apparent murder-by-hanging of an elderly Jewish man.

The novel, Goldemberg’s first foray into detective fiction, was originally written and published in Spanish as Acuérdate del escorpión (Lima: Fondo Editorial de la UICV, 2010) and translated into English.

An author of international acclaim, Goldemberg’s novels, collections of poems, and a play have been published in English, French, and Italian. Individual stories and poems have been published in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Bengali, German, Quechua, and Hebrew.

In 2015, Goldemberg was awarded the Pen Club of Peru Award in recognition of his work as a novelist, poet, playwright and essayist and for his many important contributions to Peruvian letters and, by extension, to the definition of Peruvian identity.

Goldemberg has been with Hostos since 1992. He currently teaches in the Humanities Department and is the director of the Latin American Writers Institute.

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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.

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.