Readers who write


Just a quick shout-out to two books from long-time readers of this blog.

Vicente Ulive-Schnell is the author of “Yo maté a Simón Bolívar.” I haven’t read it, but no, it doesn’t appear to be based on the forthcoming forensic report of the great man’s bones. Rather, it’s a novel based on the events of the April 11th, 2002 coup against Hugo Chávez.

The book is available in electronic form, thanks to our friends (also readers of this blog) at MASA Editorial, who have accumulated an interesting portfolio of classics in Spanish. I believe they are one of the few publishers putting out e-books in our language.

A.A. Alvarez is a Venezuelan expatriate living in Australia. He recently sent me a copy of his new novel, “v2036,” an interesting peek into a possible future without Hugo Chávez. All fiction, of course.

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  1. First of all, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to Juan Cristobal and Quico for their unconditional support and for giving us all the opportunity to help our acquaintances find some meaning to the Venezuelan question in a language that they can understand.

    Revolutions are often what inspire societies to create the greatest works of art and literature. We saw it in France, Germany, Russia, Italy, England and the United States just to name a few, and there is no reason Venezuela should be any different. We all have stories to tell. Heck, have you ever talked about your experiences as a Venezuelan without causing your English-speaking friends to shake their heads in awe and disbelief?

    Paint a sketch, compose a song, write a book, create a blog or a youtube channel and share your experiences with the world. This is our time to leave a footprint.

    These are difficult times and our brothers and sisters in Venezuela continue their labor marching, voting in every single election, advocating for justice, and surviving. Fortunately, we also live in the information age and our bloggers carry the torch of freedom of speech. Moreover, we’ve never had as many ambassadors showing the world who we can become and what we can achieve.

    So, I propose this little game:

    Imagine you’ve been given a chance to stand up in front of the leaders of the entire world and give a short speech (100 to 200 words) about Venezuela and/or what being Venezuelan means to you. What would you say?

    Reply to this post and enter to win a copy of my latest novel, “v2036: A Tale of Sociopolitical Struggle in a Militarized Venezuela.”

    For a full synopsis and an online preview, visit the official website:

    Yours truly,


  2. Dear Katy!

    “…a possible future without Hugo Chávez. All fiction, of course.”

    Spoken like a typical despondent young dude with both too much and too little patience, who thinks Chavez is forever becasue he owns everything today. But a future without Chavez is just as “of course” inevitable as Death and Taxes. That’s why I keep bugging poor Quico to goad you folks onto writing a well-thought-out consitution from scratch for that future Venezuela BEFORE it suddenly appears – and BECAUSE, given Chavez’s own impulsiveness, it’s most likely going to appear very suddenly and unexpectedly.

    This not a fair criticism, Juan. I’m just taking advantage of your figure of speech to rant…

    Thank You,



  3. Hello, JC.
    A couple of precisions are in order. “Yo maté a Simón Bolívar” is a work of *fiction*, albeit fiction constructed on research around those days. Notwithstanding, anybody using YMSB to understand what happened April 11th would be tantamount to someone reading Jonathan Swift and sailing off to look for Lilliput.
    The novel combines two perceptions of these events, one from a government-friendly side, one from an oppo-friendly side, in order to narrate the story of two reporters trying to understand what happened in the middle of Caracas on that day.
    Therefore, we proposed an editing structure where *the reader* had to choose which side he “started” from, since the book has two covers, and no back. Both novels are embedded into the other; the reader will find pages upside down after he gets to the middle of the book and reads “the end”. He must then close the book, flip it over, and attack the other side. We’re working on a physical copy, but for now, since it would be ridiculous to ask people to spin their Kindle around, we proposed two complementary sides, “Ying” and “Yang”.
    The novel must be considered incomplete if both sides are not read.
    What the book is screaming, obviously, is that *Venezuela is both sides*, not a partial, mono-ideological country. In order to understand what happened the 11-A and understand Venezuela, we must confront this reality.
    Only then will the reader fully understand the title of the book and the context for the question of the last chapter on each side, “¿murió Simón Bolívar?”.
    The book was written long before anyone started petting Simón’s bones and there is no link either to the exhumation or to the Colombian oligarchy conspiracy theory.
    You can find a small description of the book and it’s logic here:
    And I’ll be advancing some chapters in the up coming days. Here is the first chapter of the “Yang” side:
    Thanks for the coverage, mate


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