Re: RARA-AVIS: Themes of the Months--Jose Latour

From: William Denton (
Date: 02 Jan 2002

On 1 January 2002, wrote:

: Jose Latour, the Cuban author of "Outcast," will be the guest author
: for the month of January and the theme of "Latino Noir and
: Hardboiled."

And he's a very welcome guest. Some people on the list will remember him from Toronto last year at the Bloody Words convention. He was on the panel I moderated and had some fascinating and powerful things to say about life and writing in Central and South America. Mr. Schooley summarized:

| Your panel also dealt with the social relevance of a form that does
| not provide uplifting moral messages. Latour's comments showed how the
| grim realities presented in noir provide social transparency,
| revealing how power and corruption work, and their consequences. Such
| transparency is essential to the human need for redemption. But to
| even imply in fiction there will be a change in the human condition is
| to be brutally dishonest.

Mr. Latour and OUTCAST, his one English novel, have been mentioned on the list a number of times, and people might want to search the archives by visiting

and entering "latour" and turning on the "search the entire archive" option.

Mr. Ramos's reading list for this month is also in the archives, at

I only knew of Mr. Latour and Paco Ignacio Taibo, but there are a bunch of other writers there I'll try to track down for this month--including Mr. Ramos himself.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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