The Neruda Case

The Neruda Case

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Published for the first time in English, an atmospheric, brilliant novel from an internationally bestselling literary luminary. Roberto Ampuero's novels starring the wonderfully roguish Cayetano Brule are an international sensation. In The Neruda Case, readers are introduced to Cayetano as he takes on his first case as a private eye. Set against the fraught political world of pre-Pinochet Chile, Castro's Cuba, and perilous behind-the-Wall East Berlin, this mystery spans countries, cultures, and political ideas, and features one of literature's most beloved figures--Pablo Neruda. Cayetano meets the poet at a party in Chile in the 1970s. The dying Neruda recruits Cayetano to help him solve the last great mystery of his life. As Cayetano fumbles around his first case, finding it hard to embrace the new inspector identity foisted upon him, he begins to learn more about Neruda's hidden agenda. Neruda sends him on a whirlwind expedition around the world, ending back in Chile, where Pinochet's coup plays out against the final revelations of their journey.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2012
ISBN: 9781594487439
Branch Call Number: FICTION Amp
Description: 340 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: De Robertis, Carolina - Translator


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Feb 14, 2016

I loved this book not only the mystery. I chose the book because I had visited Valparaiso Chile recently and toured Neruda’s home, La Sebastiana. I knew a little of the turbulent history of the 1970’s in Chile, this book helped fill in the pieces of how Neruda and his socialist beliefs fit in the picture. As the reader is transported to Havana, Berlin, Mexico City, and La Paz with the detective trying to find a lost love of Neruda’s, one discovers the connections between the socialists and communists from different countries.

Jul 06, 2014

Pablo Neruda is brilliantly realized in this unusual mystery set during the volatility of the last months of the Allende revolution in Chile. The fictional detective, Cayetano Brulé, is hired by the elderly but still charismatic poet to locate a doctor that Neruda once knew and who he believes might have a treatment for his terminal condition. As Brulé follows the thin leads that Neruda supplies, he realizes that there is more to the assignment than Neruda originally let on. Originally reluctant and eager to complete his job, Brulé (and the reader) gets swept up by the still-powerful charisma and magnetism of Neruda as he travels to dangerous locales such as Cuba and East Berlin. He must piece together clues from the eccentric Neruda's romantic reminiscences and philosophical musings to even uncover what the actual mystery is in the first place. In the end, he becomes as obsessed with Neruda's legacy and Neruda himself seems to be.

As a character, Brulé is often threatened to be overshadowed by the larger-than-life (yet on the brink of death) Neruda, but he ends up holding his own and serves as an excellent foil to the famous poet. I look forward to reading more of the series.

Warjones Sep 14, 2012

Started but not finished.


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