(Arte Público Press – paperback )
Yale graduate student Helmut Sanchez is a man unsure of who he really is. He feels “neither American nor German nor Mexican.”
Indeed, as this absorbing, intelligent, world-wise thriller unfolds, Helmut is wrestling with a question “that had tormented him all his life,” Sergio Troncoso writes.
“Helmut Sanchez had always hoped his Mexican blood would save him from a free-fall into his German heritage. Yet certain parts of this heritage also captivated him, especially German philosophy and poetry. So instead of saving him outright, these mixed legacies confused him. He had never really felt at home with German culture, but in the many ways he harbored the same doubts about American culture.”
He is, in short, stuck with the vague feeling that he is “neither here nor there.”
Suddenly, amid his graduate school academic research, Helmut makes a startling discovery about one of his professors. It is a finding that unsettles both his life and his views even more. Soon afterward, when the professor is killed, Helmut finds himself drawn into a murder investigation where the borders between good and evil and right and wrong quickly get fluid and murky.
The Nature of Truth, first published in hardback in 2003 by Northwestern University Press, is now available for the first time in paperback, from the University of Houston’s Arte Público Press. Sergio Troncoso, who lives and works in New York City, has won numerous awards for his writing. He is now a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference.
— Si Dunn