Silver, Sword & Stone

Silver, Sword & Stone

Marie Arana

Marie Arana

Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story
(Simon & Schuster, 2019)

Historical research, current reporting, and cultural analysis combine to give a thorough understanding of Latin America through the stories of three people who represent three obsessions. For silver, a symbol of exploitation and greed, we have Leonor Gonzales, who lives in the Andes and works in the mines. Carlos Buergos, a Cuban who came to the U.S. in the Mariel boatlift, represents the sword of power, dictatorships, violence, and terrorism. Xavier Albo, a Spanish Jesuit priest, lives in Bolivia and is devoted to indigenous people. He represents stone: religion of all kinds – ancient temples as well as cathedrals, faith that can bind and harm.

10:00 AM | Lewes Public Library


Marie Arana,
award-winning Peruvian-American author of fiction and nonfiction, is a literary advisor to the U.S. Librarian of Congress, director of the National Book Festival, and the former editor-in-chief of The Washington Post’s Book World.