Contemporary Latin American Fiction

City of Clowns (Pages 1-64)- Daniel Alarcón

Entry Questions

What topics from the second half of the semester would you like to engage with for the final project? Do you want to propose a question?

Daniel Alarcón is a writer and radio producer exploring the social, cultural, and linguistic ties that connect people across Latin America and Spanish-speaking communities in the Americas. His powerful narrative storytelling—in English and Spanish, fiction and nonfiction, print and audio—chronicles individual lives and underreported topics against the backdrop of broader geopolitical and historical forces in the United States and Central and South America.

7:30- 9:25 / 11:55-14:30

Oscar “Chino” Uribe is a young Peruvian journalist for a local tabloid paper. After the recent death of his philandering father, he must confront the idea of his father’s other family, and how much of his own identity has been shaped by his father’s murky morals. At the same time, he begins to chronicle the life of street clowns, sad characters who populate the violent and corrupt city streets of Lima and is drawn into their haunting, fantastical world.

Oral/slide presentations

Young,Jathiya Barry

Ramos-Hunter,Evon M

Robles Aparicio,Emelin

Scott,Shayla Monique


Images and storytelling

Sheila Alvarado’s artwork plays with perspective, shadows, and time, with oversized clowns stomping over the cityscape, eerie images depicted in shadows, and characters drifting outside and between panels.

The graphic novel paints a dark portrait of a Lima, Peru fraught with corruption and violence while maintaining a twisted sort of humor and irony. Alvarado’s black and white pictures create a dramatic representation of the city where Alarcón was born.

Alvarado’s artwork seizes and exaggerates the unpolished and disorienting mood of Alarcón’s story.

-Kay T. Xia, “City of Clowns a Swirling Metropolis of Memories”