The Sound of a Broken Chain and the Role of Fútbol in Times of Latin American Political Upheaval: Authors JD Cortese and Joshua Nadel in Conversation
Tuesday 3/26, 7pm
Join us for a conversation with author JD Cortese and professor and author Joshua Nadel as they discuss Cortese’s debut novel The Sound of a Broken Chain and the function of soccer in Argentina, especially during turbulent political times.
About The Sound of a Broken Chain:
Two high schoolers become unlikely friends across the distance between their cultures. They are two Quixotes who are each other's Sancho. Julian, an Argentine who's a budding conspiracy theorist, would try to infiltrate a military dictatorship and expose its crimes. Edgar, a lonely American expat and science genius, would risk everything to rescue his idealistic Dulcinea from the claws of those same monsters.
But Edgar's reality starts to unravel when he receives a message from the future that poses an unsolvable question: what do you need to change to save humanity's future? And the messenger has been very clear about how important it is for him to solve this puzzle. Because if Edgar doesn't, the man from the future would have to kill him.
Set in Buenos Aires and against the background of the 1978 Soccer World Cup—with Argentina both suffering a bloodthirsty tyranny and cheering for a victory of their National Team—this is a story about fighting at all costs to alter the unfathomable mechanism of human history. A fight that could break the chains of time.
J.D. Cortese is an award-winning scientist and educator who has written regularly for The Scientist, a widely-read scientific newspaper, and served as at-large editor for international educational magazines and publishing houses. In 2015, he received the literary award sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville. He writes science fiction that echoes magical realism, obsessing about the nature of our humanity, the force of fate, and the passage of time. After generously pinning a world map, he returned to North Carolina and settled in Durham. But memories of Buenos Aires, New York, Shanghai, and Paris haunt his stories, even those set in distant futures. Visit his website at www.jdcortese.com
Joshua Nadel is an associate professor of History at North Carolina Central University. He is the author of two books: Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America (co-authored with Brenda Elsey), and Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America. In addition, he is the author of numerous book chapters and has published articles on links between soccer and society in Foreign Policy, Sports Illustrated, and the Washington Post, among other publications.