El Indigente (The Indigent)
This month of June 2018 we’ve launched a new book titled El Indigente (The Indigent) directed at targeting young readers in classrooms and academic institutions in Latin America.
The new book is written primarily for a secular young audience. The genre is somewhere between fiction and fantasy, but, because the story—even though it’s fictional and taking place in a fictional world—portrays realistic life scenarios with many teaching moments, life principles and morals, some reviewers call it “realistic fiction”.
We believe this book to be a tool to bring light, into a young culture of darkness.
El Indigente (The Indigent)
About the book
Wandering prophet, wise man or a simple beggar. The indigent old man who one day appeared sleeping under the tree next to the gate at the entrance of the monastery has awaken the curiosity of all the inhabitants of the small village.
The story takes place in the middle ages and starts with a homeless old man found sleeping under a tree at the entrance of an old monastery.
In a sad small village torn apart by wars and years of scarcity and the fear of being constantly looted by bands of strangers coming from far lands.
From there the story takes off. Starting with a conversation between the village’s monks and the ancient man. Even though, we never get to learn much about the old man’s past, not even his name, this intriguing character seems to have a wise answer and a solution for every crisis the village’s residents face.
As the story develops, the villagers start to see a transformation in their lives. First they regain hope, then with the guidance of the homeless old man, they start to discover skills they had, and gradually start to learn how to use the land’s resources they didn’t even know they had before.
There is a lot more to the story. At one point on the king’s yearly visit to the village, he spots the old man and hugs him the way you hug an old friend, in a way, letting us know that this is not just a homeless old man.
At one point, even a war is avoided, when the enemies discover the presence of this character among the king’s counsel. The text gives the impression that these enemies knew of some kind of bad reputation the ancient man had from past wars. They seem to be so afraid that they decide to retract back to their cities and not fight the king’s army.
The book exhibits a rich use of the Spanish language, sometimes poetic, with very interesting dialogues. It deals with very deep spiritual questions, to the point that the old homeless man persuades—with great reasoning—the monks, to start reading an old book they kept as a relic in the monastery for centuries. At different occasions, the old man refers to that book as possessing answers for life and unmeasurable wisdom.
More than a story, this work is a challenge to the imagination with morals and lessons applicable to our deepest emotional and spiritual needs in the modern world.
Questions to the author:
Will the book be translated to English and other languages?
The author says there are great writers in this type of genre in the United States and Great Britain… for now prefers to concentrate in the Latin American audience, where there is clearly a need for this type of literature.
How about Portuguese and other languages?
Yes. We might start soon the work of translating to Portuguese. We see in Brazil an audience that can be reached with this type of literature.
How long did it take you to write this work?
I started it about a year and a half ago, and only wrote one chapter and some ideas for future chapters, then when I was in bed recovering from surgery, picked it up again and wrote about two hours daily until completion.
Is this a departure from your writing in the areas of theology and evangelism?
Not at all. I continue (by God’s grace) the work of writing for the family, spiritual help and to reach people with the message of Christ, but I also have a passion for writing this type of genre.
Memorable phrase from the book
“Never despise a stranger—even if he looks poor, destitute, or has the appearance of a beggar—because within those ragged clothes, a sage might be hiding. A being, that could have the answer to all your problems and anguish. “ ~ The Author (in the voice of Monk Rodrigo).
JA Pérez’s Writing Process