7x7 Names Professor De Robertis' Novel Among 20 Spring/Summer Books by Bay Area Authors

Thursday, May 13, 2021
7X7 (SAN FRANCISCO) -- “The President and The Frog” / Carolina de Robertis From the acclaimed author of “Cantoras” comes a novel about the power of memory and the pursuit of justice. At his modest home on the edge of town, the former president of an unnamed Latin American country receives a journalist in his famed gardens to discuss his legacy and the dire circumstances that threaten democracy around the globe. Once known as the Poorest President in the World, his reputation is the stuff of myth: a former guerrilla who was jailed for inciting revolution before becoming the face of justice, human rights and selflessness for his nation. Now, as he talks to the journalist, he wonders if he should reveal the strange secret of his imprisonment: While held in brutal solitary confinement, he survived, in part, by discussing revolution, the quest for dignity, and what it means to love a country, with the only creature who ever spoke back — a loud-mouth frog. An author of Uruguayan origin, de Robertis has written five novels, teaches at SF State University and lives in Oakland.