Fiction. Latinx Studies. Jazz. Translated by Elaine S. Brooks. "During the first instances of emancipation, the slaves appropriated the language of those in power and their instruments. Through language they entered the culture of the oppressor, but they never renounced their music, that shined through by way of the remembered blue note...In this novel, improvisation, the essence of jazz, becomes the basis for the survival of two contexts that are distant from each other in time and space but are also united like conjoined twins that share vital organs. The musicians in the jazz sextet who play in this novel live by night and sleep by day. Chance leads them to an orphaned child whom they love unconditionally and raise outside the educational structures that, instead of educating human beings, produce replacement parts for the continuation of the System. Jazz themes are a gift from the universe, the variations, a gift from our friends who dare to improvise together. Are they not perhaps a metaphor for survival and for the attainment of freedom?"—Fernando Contreras Castro, Author's Note
"BLUE NOTE is woven of two stories, one of a jazz sextet in a small Central American city, and the other of Miles Davis and his band, as told by the cat that ran around with them. Between these two stories lies the initiation of the blind child, Arturo. BLUE NOTE is an initiation for the reader, who achieves understanding of eternity in a fleeting moment; and of the value of resistance, daring to live in a state of abnormality."—Anacristina Rossi
Fernando Contreras Castro, born in the province of Alajuela in 1963 is — along with writers like Anacristina Rossi, Rodolfo Arias Formoso, Tatiana Lobo and Ana Istarú — one of the originators of Costa Rica's so-called generation of disenchantment. The publication of Única mirando al mar in 1993 made him an instant success in his home country. Later books include Los Peor and El tibio recinto de la oscuridad, both of which won the Aquileo J. Echeverría prize, Costa Rica's highest literary award.
Author City: San Jos� COS