Red April (Abril rojo) is the English translation from Spanish of a whodunit novel by Santiago Roncagliolo, published in and was awarded the Alfaguara. “Abril Rojo” by Santiago Roncagliolo. Premio Alfaguara de Novela ed. Alfaguara, Spain. Review by Victoria. I read this book as my contribution to Global Reading Challenge (South America) Roncagliolo, S. Abril Rojo () Santillana Ediciones.

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Heads Up 1 year ago. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It’s also just been short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, which is richly deserved. Este es un libro sobre un lugar atrapado en un ciclo de violencia. This book should be a 4. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars. One should be cautious and keep in mind that the author is not obliged to narrate facts according to the truth; but rather it depends on how he wishes to handle it, by exaggerating it or playing it down.

Best Books of the Year 4 hours ago. There is also a disturbing rape scene that seems to be completely and perfectly OK for the author as a sort of segue for his delirious plot.

That was my life. And then santiaho indigenous rebellions, because Ayacucho was the midway point between Cuzco, the Inca capital, and Lima, the capital of the Spaniards.

Likewise he held eerie conversations with her in the ancestral estate, perhaps, of her refurbished home, despite her being sanitago, as a sort of intermediary of the past and the present in a modern form of Incan ancestor worship, an important element in Andean life. I didn’t care for the protagonist, an obtuse straight-laced inocente who keeps a room in homage to his dead mother.


And independence in Quinua cf. Views Read Edit View history. There’s like Indians there, and Inca curses! The author effortlessly conducts us via his protagonist through the Kafka-like bureaucracy that undermines his role at every turn.

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Prosecutor Chacaltana wrote the final period with a grimace of doubt on his lips. Aunque a veces no se vean a simple vista.

Edith Grossman is an award-winning translator, and gives us the author’s prose impeccably. Science Fiction Odyssey, Too 1 week ago. It speaks poorly of a novel when its last pages are devoted to the perpetrator explaining in detail what he did and why The Incan condor lashed by the claws to the back of a Spanish bull. The Best Books of Posted by Larry Nolen at 2: You are commenting using your Facebook account.

The author was suggested by a Goodreads friend and this book hooked me from the first page. Roncagliolo dreamed of becoming a writer.

Whether you know santiaog about recent Peruvian history or not is immaterial. See, reviews can lad you to a rewarding read. For those who like thrillers with a difference, and anyone remotely interested in Roncagliool or South American history in general, this ought to prove a strangely satisfying read.

Want to Read santiagp. The limitations of group discussions involving exe Penny Hueston 1 week ago. He had already submitted thirty-six requisitions and kept the signed receipts for all of them. First List 11 67 Feb 14, You were in Lima, after all, while your people were dying. Indeed, royal tradition dictated that its harvest keep his mummy, servants, wives, and descendents in style for an eternity. An intervie w with Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo The complete review.


Even Chacaltana himself, as the killings progress, performs acts of violence that seem inconceivable from the mild-mannered paper-pusher he once was.

Soil for the Pen 1 year ago.

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The narrative takes place just before and during Holy Week, obviously a time of death and resurrection and there are interesting points made about the intersection of Catholicism and indigenous beliefs. I wouldn’t describe it as a political novel but more as a political thriller.

When a burned body is found, he is assigned to the case, to his initial pleasure: Asking the Wrong Questions. Roncagliolo came up with a good story to tell, but does a poor job telling it. The book is set during Lent and then Holy Week which is a time of reflection and to remember the past, when Christ died for the sins of the world. However, as the pages unfold and the see-through whodunit plot sticks weakly together, it seems to not even match the flow of a James Ellroy novel or even Gillian Flynn’s yarns.

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