Twilight at the Equator

Twilight at the Equator What happened in bed was a total surprise to me. Perhaps because we both had lost the men we loved to AIDS, perhaps because we had lost them recently, perhaps because we both came from the same culture and had experienced the isolation of a homosexual in a place that denied our existence, perhaps because the tropical night was splendorous and scented with the sweetness of honeysuckle, perhaps because the night seemed to exist just for the purpose of making love, we surrendered to each other with a passion and a totality that I had never experienced before, not even with Ryan. When we kissed, desperately, avidly, it was as if we were trying to pass back and forth all the secrets in our souls. When I took his cock in my hand, I held it with wonder, for all its perfection, for all its power to give pleasure, to make me forget—for that miraculous instant—all the sadness and pain of life.

Colombian-born Santiago Martínez starts his adult life as a young gay writer living in Spain. Years later, as a university professor in New York City, Santiago is called back to his native Colombia upon the suicide of his sister. There he learns some shocking secrets about his childhood and adolescence and comes to the realization that cherished memories of the past are only illusion.

PRAISE FOR Twilight at the Equator

Jaime Manrique"Twilight at the Equator is a welcome addition to Manrique's already considerable accomplishments, treating as it does the complex mysteries of family and sexuality in the Americas—north and south—with dazzling cross-cultural acuity."

—Rick Moody

"[Santiago's] true purpose is to become 'the Colombian Sylvia Plath,' and in a frantic two weeks, he writes a violent, surrealistic novel designed to shock his family."

Kirkus Reviews

"Deciding to write a novel that will kill his father, the plucky narrator of Manrique's Twilight at the Equator reports from a wonderfully clear-eyed center, though he roams in a series of exiles, feeling unmoored, in this evocative remembrance of early hot gay sex and of learning that pleasure is never pure."

The Village Voice

"This boisterous and tragic work addresses issues of solitude, exile, and self-discovery with generous feeling and honest emotion."

Publishers Weekly


Boston & London: Faber & Faber, 1997.

New edition. New York: Painted Leaf Press, 1999.

Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.

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