“I was moved by the plays. There are so many images that are alive and they fill us with a desire to begin immediately, playing with the words. The work is powerful and beautiful at the same time.”
ANNA MARIA LOPEZ ROZAS Director of Compañía de Teatro El Riel, Chile
“Vltchek’s impassioned accusations of political crimes against humanity perpetrated by the USA, the West, NATO come through clear, as they should, in the words of both the ghosts and the survivors, as well as the author’s hopes for and appeals to the rest of the world to resist and to be ready to answer the call to go to the barricades in defense of the rest of mankind.”
"…despite all the terror and despite somber analyses about the battle between ‘market fundamentalists and religious fundamentalists’ being the main contradiction of our time, Vltchek’s novel projects the same desperate hope that once emanated from Man’s Fate by André Malraux or To Whom the Bells Toll by Ernest Hemingway, and it is presumably not by accident that French critic Catherine Merveilleux has compared Vltchek with these very same authors. And as a matter of fact, Vltchek evokes strong memories of them, but not just because of his reawakening of the buried tradition of political fiction, but also because of his immense narrative talent."
PLAYS: "Ghosts of Valparaiso" and "Conversations with James"
ISBN: 978-602-70058-5-3 Number of pages: 228 Published Date: December 11, 2014 Size: 135mm x 235mm Format: Paperback
List Price: US$ 20.-
PLAYS consists of ‘Ghosts of Valparaiso’ - a play in Two Acts and ‘Conversations with James’ - a comedy in Six Acts.
Two great plays by ANDRE VLTCHEK are now available in one book, published by Badak Merah.
Ghosts of Valparaiso is a revolutionary drama, a love story between Chilean journalist and Southeast Asian ghost. Both Chile and Indonesia had been suffering from terrible destruction by Western regime.
A comedy "Conversation With James", is an atheist play about much higher civilization that decided to create human beings. It is them, not God, controlling our lives."
Buy this exceptional book, have some good laughs, cry over Chile and Indonesia, and go up to the barricades with Vltchek!
About the Author
Novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist, poet, playwright, and photographer, Andre has covered dozens of war zones and conflicts from Bosnia and Peru to Sri Lanka, DR Congo and Timor Leste. He is the author of a novel Nalezeny, published in Czech. Point of No Return is his major work of fiction written in English and translated and published in French by Edition Yago. Other works include a book of political nonfiction Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad (translated into Turkish and published by Bilim + Gonul). Pluto publishing house in London recently published his provocative and critical book Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear. Together with Rossie Indira, he is responsible for a book of conversations with the foremost Southeast Asian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Exile (translated into Korean, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia). Non-fiction book Oceania is a result of his five years work in Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia and a damning attack against neo-colonialism in the Pacific. His latest book On Western Terrorism is written with Noam Chomsky. The plays Ghosts of Valparaiso and Conversations with James were translated into several languages including Spanish.
He has collaborated with UNESCO in Vietnam, Africa and Oceania through various publications including fiction books The Story of Ann and The Story of Moana.
Presently he is finishing writing his monumental political novel Winter Journey. He is a Senior Fellow at The Oakland Institute. He writes and photographs for several publications worldwide, corporate and progressive, including RT, CounterPunch, Z Magazine, Newsweek, Asia Times, People's Daily, China Daily, Irish Times, A2 and Asia-Pacific Journal (Japan Focus). He produced documentary films, including: 'Terlena – Breaking of The Nation', 'One Flew Over Dadaab', 'Rwandan Gambit'. His lengthy debate with Noam Chomsky on the state of the world is presently being made into a film. He produced several documentaries for South American TV Network TeleSur. He frequently speaks at major universities, including Columbia, Cornell, Oxford, Cambridge, Sydney, Hong Kong, Auckland and Melbourne.
Cofounder and Coeditor of Badak Merah, Mainstay Press, and Liberation Lit, he presently lives in Asia and Middle-East.