The Dream of the Celt

by Mario Vargas Llosa

Sir Roger Casement, heroic British Consul who exposed the horrors of the Belgian Congo and Amazonia? Or Roger Casement perverse Irish traitor? Read this gripping, understated novel and make up your own mind. Read it if you are interested in the history of the period. DON'T read it if you are a devotee of the Other Boleyn Girl school of fictional biography.


Roger had spent his life believing and doubting. Not even now, at the door of death, was he capable of believing in God with the resolute faith of his mother, or his brothers and sister. ... Roger recalled how he had once written a poem with the title: "Hide and Seek with God". But Herbert Ward assured him it was very bad, and he threw it away.
Translated by Deith Grossman


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