Jorge Armenteros

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Jaded Ibis Press
November 2014
B&W paperback
224 pages
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Color paperback
Jaded Ibis Press
November 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-937543-71-6
24 pages

Also available in ebook format:
Jaded Ibis Press
November 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-937543-72-3
224 pages

All editions are illustrated with original artwork by Liselott Johnsson

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Jorge Armenteros (Florida, Georgia & the south of France)

Psychiatrist and author of The Book of I


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  • A new voice in Latin American literature, Armenteros was born in 1961 in Havana, Cuba, two years after the revolution led by Fidel Castro. He and his family became political refugees in Madrid, before finally settling in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Armenteros has been a practicing psychiatrist for over twenty years, and currently divides his time between Georgia, Florida and the south of France.
  • He wrote three novels while completing his MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. The Book of I is the first. The next two, The Civet and The Roar of the River, are ready to be presented to agents/publishers.
  • He was the first student in his high school to be accepted to Harvard University, even when he only had rudimentary knowledge of English. There, he took several electives in Spanish and Latin American Literature from notable scholars, like Juan Marichal, while completing his biomedical engineering degree.
  • After graduating cum laude from Harvard, he studied medicine at The University of Puerto Rico.
  • In addition to his medical training, Armenteros completed an MA in Spanish and Latin American Literature from New York University.
  • The Book of I contains original images by international artist and architect Liselott Johnsson, and is accompanied by an original full-album soundtrack by Sarah Wallin Huff, a violinist and composer who performs as Concertmaster of the Southern California Philharmonic.


The Book of I is the story of Teaston, a painter struggling with schizophrenia, who finds himself at the edge of a cliff, at the edge of his life. Set in the seaside village of Cassis, in the south of France, the novel explores our fragmented human nature through the distorted lens that Teaston provides. Some characters are undoubtedly real while others become figments of Teaston’s imagination, yet others defy authorial certitude by remaining in a sort of reality twilight. As metaphorical vehicles, the themes and characters in the novel raise questions about the nature of identity. And from under a chorus of voices and delusions, Teaston raises to discover what it means to be a person, what makes us human.

Readers will find the narrative influenced by the formal spontaneity of Cortázar’s Hopscotch, the shifting levels of reality of Kafka’s The Trial, the iconoclastic characterization of Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives, and the interiority and lyricism of Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.


“The Book of I’s fierce, fresh language buoys us through the many-textured darkness, shoots the whole through with crucial light. Cortázar is an apt analog here. So is Artaud.’
—Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome and Kind One, the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

“[A] lyrical and assured debut novel . . . Part existential puzzle and part hypnotic meditation, The Book of I is as much about the language we have—or yearn to have—to hold our identities as it is about the search for the core of our innermost selves. This is a haunting debut by a bold new talent.”
—Laurie Foos, author of Ex Utero and Before Elvis There Was Nothing

“Dipped in the ink of South American surrealists like Julio Cortázar, Jorge Armenteros’ The Book of I slowly and achingly unveils Teaston’s tormented inner life. For Teaston, ‘the existence of normalcy is a primordial question.’ This stark, poetic and haunted novel makes it ours as well.”
—Susanne Paola Antonetta, author of A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World

The Book of I‘s fierce, fresh language buoys us through the many-textured darkness, shoots the whole through with crucial light. Cortázar is an apt analog here. So is Artaud.” —Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome and Kind One, the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

“His training and experience as a psychiatrist gives Jorge Armenteros a special perspective on the mysteries of the human mind and his character Teaston reminds us that somewhere between reality and delusion lies the unconquerable world of uncertainty. A terrific achievement for a first novel.”
—John Kane, M.D., Vice President for Behavioral Health Services of the North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System and Chairman of Psychiatry at The Zucker Hillside Hospital

“A startling vision of the world from the perspective of a schizophrenic painter, a man balanced on the edge of his self and his life, and on the way to a crisis. This is a finely crafted and clearheaded book, at once sympathetic and unwilling to give any alibis, and well worth the read.”
—Brian Evenson, Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence, Brown University Literary Arts Department, and author of Immobility, Last Days, and The Open Curtain

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