Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo

Red April

Santiago Roncagliolo

Is it possible to be an honest bureaucrat in 21st century Peru? Especially when a serial murderer may be about to disrupt elections? And you are troubled by nightmares from decades earlier? Tragic, occasionally blackly comic and all too believable - with a hero - and heroine I won't easily forget.

Extract

'Felix, eight years ago, if I went out they would kill me. Not now. The damn terrorists killed my mother, they killed my brother, they took away my sister so the damn soldiers could kill her afterwards. Since the president took over, they haven't killed me or anybody else in my family. You want me to vote for somebody else? I don't understand. Why?'

Parallels
  • Mario Vargas Llosa by Death in the Andes
  • Jew by D O Dodd

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