by Santiago Roncagliolo
Peru. 2010. 288 pages.
In 2000, associate district prosecutor Félix Chacaltana Saldívar, who’s returned to the province of Ayacucho from Lima, clashes with his superiors after the discovery of a charred and mutilated corpse. Rigidly adhering to bureaucratic procedure, Saldívar demands that an official police report on the crime be filed, despite the active resistance of the police and the local military commander. The prosecutor’s refusal to abort his inquiry threatens the official line that the Shining Path terrorists are a thing of the past. Eventually, he’s reassigned to help monitor elections, only to encounter more corruption. Within the frame of a puzzling whodunit, Roncagliolo crafts an unsparing view of life controlled by a repressive and paranoid government. Winner of the Guardian Independent Foreign Fiction Prize & Alfaguara Prize—one of the most prestigious in the Spanish-speaking world.
About the author
Santiago Rafael Roncagliolo Lohmann (Lima, 1975), is a Peruvian writer, scriptwriter, translator and journalist. His writing career started with a few children’s books and a short play called „Your friends would never harm you“ (Tus amigos nunca te harían daño“). In 2000 he moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he continues to reside. His novel Abril Rojo („Red April“) won the Premio Alfaguara in 2006 and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2011. (Text credit: Wikipedia; image credit: piedepagina.com)
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