Listen: Sociologist Braulio Muñoz Reads from Most Recent Novel
Earlier this semester, Swarthmore's Latin American Studies Program sponsored the third event in its Latino Americanidades series, featuring a reading by Braulio Muñoz, Centennial Professor of Sociology. Muñoz read from his most recent novel written in Spanish, El Misha (Estruendomudo, Lima, 2014).
The novel explores notions of fiction, memory, and identity. People write fiction for multiple purposes: sometimes to create something new, sometimes as an act of exorcism. Or, for the recovery of memory, which is how Edilberto Isaac Peres-Benayón Montañez sees the writing of his novel. The ex-navy captain leaves his commission in the intelligence service in order to dig into the past and face traumas and regrets which might take a lifetime to accomplish. To do this he must recreate the life of his older brother, Benjamín Elías, who is a guerrilla fighter in the Peru of the 1980’s. Edilberto Isaac takes us on a dazzling trip as he uncovers family secrets which are inevitably braided with the social processes and the violence that has marked Peru’s history in the second half of the 20th century.
Muñoz is a noted social theorist and social philosopher with special expertise in contemporary social thought and culture and the sociology and culture of Latin America. Other works include The Peruvian Notebooks (2006), a novel, andTensions in Social Theory: Groundwork for a Future Moral Sociology, Presidential Series on Ethics and Values (1993).