The Managua Trilogy 1
“Ramirez displays a gift for gritty and offbeat literary crime fiction. . . The grimness of the inquiry is leavened by humor, mostly provided by an ambitious orderly in the department who poses as a cleaning lady in a casino linked to the case. Ramirez balances plot and setting well, creating atmospheric tension informed by the lingering legacy of the revolution.”— Publishers Weekly
The Managua Trilogy 2
“Ramirez again combines a taut thriller plot with a searing portrayal of Nicaragua and elements of magical realism with the brilliant second volume of his Managua Trilogy. . . . Ramirez vividly depicts the mean streets and peppers the perfectly hardboiled crime saga with wonderfully strange details . . . --Publishers Weekly.”
The Managua Trilogy 3 --JUST PUBLISHED
"Dead Men Cast No Shadows is an enormously entertaining novel about responses to perfidy in high places by one of the most prominent writers in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a courageous act of political defiance; Ramírez has paid a painful price for simply putting pen to paper to tell the truth."--The Arts Fuse
New York Times author profile published 9/1/23: "A Nicaraguan Novelist Betrayed by the Revolution He Helped Build"
Eyder Peralta reporting on NPR Weekend Edition 9/10/2023 from Nicaragua Part One
Part Two: 9/11/2023
Currently living in exile in Spain, Sergio Ramírez was born in Masatepe, Nicaragua in 1942. His first book was published in 1963; the following year he earned a law degree at the University of Nicaragua. After a lengthy voluntary exile in Costa Rica and Germany —during which he continued to write works of fiction and nonfiction — he became active as the leader of the Group of Twelve, consisting of intellectuals, businessmen and priests united against the Somoza regime. With the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution in 1979, he became part of the Junta of the Government of National Reconstruction, where he presided over the National Council of Education. He was elected vice-president of Nicaragua in 1984, an office he held until 1990. He continued to serve as the leader of the Sandinista block in the National Assembly until 1995, when he founded the Movement for Sandinista Renovation (MRS) to oppose the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega. In 1996 he retired from politics.
Sergio Ramírez is the author of thirty books, ten of which have been translated into English. He has received Spain's Dashiel Hammet Award, France's Laure Bataillon Award, Cuba's José María Arguedas Latinamerican Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Alfaguara International Novel Award. A Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of France, and a doctor honoris causa of Blaise Pascal University (France), he is also recipient of the International Prize for Human Rights awarded by the Bruno Kreisky Foundation, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Government of Germany. He held the Robert Kennedy Professorship in Latin American Studies at Harvard University in 2009.
Recent books include Catallina y Catalina (2001), Sombras nada mas (2002), Mil y una muertes (2004), and El Reino Animal.
In 2014 he was awarded the second annual Carlos Fuentes Prize by the Mexican government.
In 2017 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize by the Spanish government. The Cervantes Prize is the highest prize in the world of Spanish literature.
Read: a review of The Managua Trilogy, including the conclusion, Dead Men Cast No Shadows.
Read: a full profile of Sergio Ramirez from August 2022
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