A. A. Alvarez (February 19, 1982) is the author of "Chronicles of a Nomad: Memoirs of an Immigrant" and "v2036". Born Alex Alberto Alvarez and raised in Venezuela, he grew up in Caracas and left his country after witnessing several revolts, a major economic disaster, and two coup attempts.
Alvarez first hit the literary scene with Chronicles of a Nomad: Memoirs of an Immigrant (2009), a first-person adventure told from the perspective of an intrepid young immigrant who grew up realizing that home wasn't the place where he was born.
Six months later, he followed up with the Spanish version titled, "Crónicas de un Nómada: Memorias de un Inmigrante" (2009), and twelve months later with "v2036" (2010), a political novel in which he sends Carlos Rodríguez, the "nomad" from his first novel, back to his home country.
"v2036" brings entertainment and cohesion to an otherwise depressing and incomprehensible subject: Venezuelan politics. Through the lives of three resolute men that represent the country's warring factions, the story boldly illustrates that leading the people of a volatile South American nation is anything but an easy task. A military ruler, an opposition activist and an expatriated citizen will play the famous (and infamous) roles that will lead the once proud nation to a brighter future . . . or to its final demise.
Taking historical events as a starting point, v2036 pushes the boundaries of fiction with delightful characters in pivotal roles that will alter not just the way that these events enfolded, but the influence they had in the current socio-political climate of the controversial Bolivarian Republic. As the timeline advances, the story flows through the Venezuela that was to the one that is, and to the one that it might become in the not so distant future, always highlighting the rivalry that divides the most influential sectors of today's Venezuelan society.
"Chronicles of a Nomad: Memoirs of an Immigrant" serves as a prequel to "v2036" and provides an insider's perspective to the world of immigration. It highlights the reasons that entice many of today's young Latin Americans, even those born wealthy, to leave their home countries and try their luck in other continents.
Independent book critics such as the MultiCultural Review Magazine, Midwest Book Review, TeensReadToo, and ReviewYourBook called his novel "captivating," "witty and wise," "inspirational," and one that "should be mandatory reading" respectively. His writing style has also been described as humorous, brutally honest, and touching.
In an interview conducted by Elena del Valle for Hispanic MPR, Alvarez shared:
"When I wrote Chronicles of a Nomad: Memoirs of an Immigrant, I imagined a readership composed of international students who wanted to enjoy an easy read in which they could feel a special connection with the main character. Leaving one's country, one's culture, and one's language behind is an experience that only us immigrants can truly understand. It is a bond that unites us all regardless of origin and I believe that every migrant has a story worth sharing with the world. It would be wonderful if my work could encourage other fellow expatriates to publish their stories as well."
While Alvarez's first novel is too a work of fiction, it is a reflection of his own experiences and also those of the many immigrants with whom he has crossed paths.
Naturally, the author's native language is Spanish. He also speaks Greek, but he will continue to publish his works in English.
For more information, visit www.aaalvarez.com