Of Forgotten Times

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ISBN 978-1-931896-00-9
Publication Date
October 2003
Page Count
280 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Of Forgotten Times

Marisela Rizik

Of Forgotten Times is at once about romance, about mothers and daughters, and about a dictatorship. Set in a fictional Caribbean island, it begins at the time of the conquistadors and ends in relatively modern times. The novel focuses on the stories of the women of two different families whose only point in common is the dictator who rules their island nation. One set of women, the Parduz family, is descendant of green-eyed slaves who practice voodoo-like rituals even through modern times in a village so distant from the major cities that ancient practices continue to have relevance in the present. The other set of women, the Valverde family, is a mother and daughter who seek to find a way out of the endemic conditions of poverty. Of Forgotten Times describes life in a country ruled by a ruthless, power-hungry, machista tyrant who is married to Herminia Parduz and whose lover, among others, is Mercedes Valverde.
About the Author

Writer and filmmaker Marisela Rizik was born in Santa Domingo and has lived in Eugene, Oregon since 1981. Her stories, articles, and essays have appeared in various North American journals. Of Forgotten Times is her first novel, originally published in Spanish in Santa Domingo in 1996.

Translator Isabel Z. Brown is an associate professor of Spanish at The University of South Alabama in Mobile. Born in Paris, she has resided in various countries, including the Dominican Republic. She lives in Mobile, Alabama with her husband and their three children.


"The narrative is well developed, with vivid and memorable characters, on an island rich in religious and mythic traditions that are skillfully captured. The novel is further enriched by the excellent portrayal of the social, cultural, and political life of the Caribbean. Isabel Brown's translation is excellent." —Rosita Chazarreta-Rourke, Multicultural Review

"Depicted in this novel are the horrors of dictatorship, the elusiveness of romantic love, and the struggle of these women to claim their identity and overcome societal repression." —Xavier Sibaja, Latino Weekly

"Rizik's tale is a skillful rendering of history, myth, and fiction, and she easily moves us into a world that is both foreign and familiar." —Jessica Powers, NewPages