Death in the Andes

Death in the Andes

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In a remote Andean village, three men have disappeared. Peruvian Army corporal Lituma and his deputy Tomás have been dispatched to investigate, and to guard the town from the Shining Path guerrillas they assume are responsible. But the townspeople do not trust the officers, and they have their own ideas about what forces claimed the bodies of the missing men. To pass the time, and to cope with their homesickness, Tomás entertains Lituma nightly with the sensuous, surreal tale of his precarious love affair with a wayward prostitute. His stories are intermingled with the ongoing mystery of the missing men.

Death in the Andes is an atmospheric suspense story and a political allegory, a panoramic view of contemporary Peru from one of the world's great novelists.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312427252
Branch Call Number: FICTION Var
Description: 275 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-


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Apr 18, 2012

I bought several books by MVL when Borders went bankrupt. This is the first one I finished since it is the THINNEST of the bunch.

The story line evolves around two soldiers in a (dangerously) desolate outpost where the Shining Path rages. The interlacing story telling style might throw you off in the beginning but what a story MVL told -- it is a romance, a detective story, a snapshot of a nation/people in turmoil and quite a dose of mythology.

Online review claimed that the translation did not do the original text justice since it lost some of the nuances particular to the Spanish language but I still managed to feel the piercingly cold desolation, the fiery but hopeless love and the ever present terror (whether by the Maoist or by Pishtaco).

Highly recommended. This is a read as good as Hundred years of Solitude.


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