The Old Gents
Publication Date: 1996
It’s the last go-round for Germán Moran, an elderly writer with the courage to stare death in the eye, but who nevertheless bemoans the frailties and indignities of old age. His rival in the pursuit of a lovely young actress is a handsome, dashing, but insensitive–and also very married–movie producer who happens to be his son. Populated with lively and unforgettable characters from the New York art and literary scene, this novel entertains and diverts us from the larger underlying, eternal questions about death and dying.
“A gently droll valedictory…this is a shrewdly written, bittersweet work.”—-Kirkus Reviews
The fiction of Jose Yglesias (1919-1995) includes the novels Tristan and the Hispanics (Arte Público Press, 2003), Home Again (Arte Público Press, 2002), Double Double (Arte Público Press, 2000), The Truth About Them (Arte Público Press, 1999), Break-In (Arte Público Press, 1996), The Old Gents (Arte Público Press, 1996), and the short story collection The Guns in the Closet (Arte Público Press, 1996). His writing appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Atlantic, and he authored several acclaimed non-fiction works such as The Goodbye Land (Pantheon Books, 1967).