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Long Live Music

Long Live Music

(1977)
(Liveforever)
A novel by

 
Since his suicide at the age of 25 in 1977, Colombian writer Andres Caicedo has become something of a cult figure among the circle of his admirers. The breadth of his achievements, the precocious range of his knowledge and abilities, the unique force of his writing, the tragic enigma of his early death --- all of these factors have made him something of a mystery in modern Hispanic literature.

By the age of 19, he had already received several national awards and distinctions in Colombia and had written half a dozen theater pieces, which he directed himself. He won second place in an international short story contest. He was being spoken of as a prodigy in literature and cultural circles, and his work attracted increasing respect and attention.His work in film criticism was widely known and respected in Colombia, but it was his fiction that earned him unanimous acclaim among Latin American authors and critics. His first short novella, El atravesado (the Troublemaker, untranslated) appeared in 1975. He published several short stories and novellas as well as his essays and articles on film. Long Live Music (Que viva la musica) was his first and only full-length novel, published in 1977. Until now, none of his work has been translated into English, so he is virtually unknown in the English-speaking world.

He came to the United States in 1973, hoping to become a screenwriter and have some of his scripts made into movies. though unsuccessful, he dedicated a fair amount of time while here to seeing movies, studying music, especially the blues and rock. It was about this time he wrote a story that was later to become the novel Long Live Music. In it, he mentioned that to live more than 25 years was madness. On the day he received his published book, March 4, 1977, he took his own life. He was 25.

The style and content of his writing are largely concerned with the breakdown of Latin American society --- its cultural, moral, and psychological wreckage as perceived and expressed by its young people. While he focuses on Latin American society --- specifically his hometown of Cali and the upper class in which he lived --- the concerns, dilemmas, and emotions he depicts are universal.

The translator, Linda Leeb, was living in Colombia when she first read Caicedo's book, and she is the first and, to her knowledge, the only one to have translated it into English. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also earned her teaching degree. She has taught writing, literature, English as a second language, and Spanish. A published author, she released a work of nonfiction, 160 Ways to Help the World, in 1996. She spent a great deal of time in Cali, the setting of the novel, during the time with which the novel is concerned. She is familiar with the city itself, and its environs, people, and dialect.

Welcome, North American readers, to this Latin American wunderkind.

 
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Paperback Editions

May 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Liveforever
Author(s): Andres Caicedo
ISBN: 0-14-119668-8 / 978-0-14-119668-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Liveforever
Author(s): Andres Caicedo
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Long Live Music
Author(s): Andres Caicedo
Publisher: Linda Leeb Duper
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