The second novel in Louis de Berni res' magical, tragic, hilarious trilogy set in a fictional South American country.
Louis de Bernieres is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are The Dust That Falls From Dreams, Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter, a collection of stories, Notwithstanding, and a collection of poetry, Imagining Alexandria.
Sharp, funny, engaging...de Bernieres is doing for Colombia's drug
culture what Tom Sharpe did for apartheid. His approach is
flippant, but the purpose behind it is deadly serious * Financial
Vibrant, lucid, charged with wild jokes and harrowing scenes smelted with torture...a book which shudders with memorability...satirical and splendid * Scotland on Sunday *
It's a delightfully mesmerising book. Set in a mythical South American country that's a composite of real South American history and Bernieres's fertile imagination, and therefore a perfect companion to take on a south-of-the-border vacation - the book is awash in the realities and flavour of South America and the lunacies of Bernieres's genius * Stephanie Gold *
Amusing, terrifying and ultimately sobering * New York Times Book Review *