Tina Datsko de Sánchez. Edited by Roberto Cabello-Argandoña. Translated by José Sánchez-H., Foreword by Edward James Olmos. The Delirium of Simon Bolivar. El delirio de Simón Bolívar. ISBN 978-1888205343. $25.95.

This is a joint Spanish/English bilingual publication of Floricanto Press and Berkeley Presses.

INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR THE DELIRIUM OF SIMON BOLIVAR “Beautifully exploring the theme that ‘only those who see the invisible can do the impossible,’ this exciting, lucid, and often heartbreaking collection of poems tracks the life and consciousness of the great Liberator Simon Bolivar. There are poems that tell us how he was loved, what freedom means in today’s Latin America, how he felt as he contemplated death and exile, and much, much more. Looking at this towering figure from countless separate angles and through countless lenses, we begin to understand the man who sought ‘to challenge/ like Don Quixote/ what all believe they see.’ A must read.” —José Rivera, Academy Award® nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay (The Motorcycle Diaries).

“An important topic, never before so deeply explored in poetry.” —Jorge Ruiz, Bolivian pioneer filmmaker and winner of the Smithsonian’s James Smithson Bicentennial Medal (Come Back, Sebastiana).

“Tina Datsko de Sánchez’s book, The Delirium of Simón Bolívar, seems to me an important work. Her desire to make known in the USA an historical figure so extraordinary, courageous and lucid is an admirable goal. It reveals the degree of Tina’s spirituality, which moves her to bring back a lost but necessary memory and share with her compatriots the presence of a human being of absolute greatness as was Simón Bolívar. Her verses struck me as very beautiful, with a notable capacity of synthesis, and holders of the undeniable emotion of doing something for all.” —Jorge Sanjinés Cannes Film Festival Winner of the Great Young Directors Award (That’s the Way It Is).

The Delirium of Simón Bolívar brings to life, through inspired poetry, a life that should be known by all.” —Ligiah Villalobos, Writer/Producer and winner of the Estela Award (Under the Same Moon).

“Every verse is music, philosophy, pure magic. Different compositions, at times, refer to the history of a true hero, the nostalgia for a “mythic time” where everything seems to have paused forever. The author also refers at times to things that can seem simple, but with the punctuality of the cruel reality of a fierce suffering, as if making it normal and part of daily life. All of that carries the reader to another dimension; her poetry in this sense might be called almost “magic.” Poems that travel across time and space, among the infinite dimensions of the universe. The metaphors that are included in the volume are also of an artistic depth without equal. The author is an architect of poetry that is sincere, authentic, and spontaneous. One might say it is poetry inspired by the instinct of the heart.” —Valentina Casagrande, ARCI– FILMSTUDIO ’90 de Varese.


Tina Datsko de Sánchez and José Sánchez-H., visited their family in Bolivia and promoted THE DELIRIUM OF SIMON BOLIVAR there, where it was enthusiastically received.  The event was hosted by the president of the historical society, who is a former senator, and was attended by the consul from Ecuador.  They were given a recognition plaque (see attached photo).  Click the plaque to read an article about the book from the Bolivian national press.

The Press-Telegram of Long Beach, CA., published an article about The Delirium of Simón Bolívar

"Long Beach couple write bilingual poetry book on 19th century Latin American leader Simon Bolivar."


Long Beach: "It’s taken almost 30 years, but Tina Datsko de Sánchez has finally published “The Delirium of Simón Bolívar,” a bilingual collection of poetry she wrote about the 19th. Century . . ."