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The Truce


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A million-copy bestseller worldwide, this is the intimate, heartbreaking story of an ordinary man who is reborn when he falls in love one final time.

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Mario Benedetti was a Uruguayan novelist, poet and journalist and is considered to be one of the most important Latin American writers of the twentieth century. In the 1960s he became politically active in left-wing circles and was exiled from Uruguay following the military coup d'etat of 1973, eventually settling in Cuba, continuing to write until his death in 2009.


In this book, all the emotions of your life are identified, named and renamed. When you read it, you won't believe that you've felt so much -- Roberto Saviano
Arresting... emotionally astute, melancholic, uplifting and tragic... This book was written in 1960 and now, deservedly, it is a Penguin Modern Classic * London Evening Standard *
The Truce remains a Latin American classic. Expertly translated here by Harry Morales, it is a simple tale about a straightforward man who falls in love with a younger woman - until disaster strikes and wrenches them apart... Intimate and moving, this novel is a real find -- Rosemary Goring * Herald Scotland *
This 1960 Latin American classic had me laughing, blubbing and eager to discover more of Benedetti's books... If you imagine that being 50 heralds a life of daytime TV, cocoa and slippers, then this life-enhancing novel will shatter your dread -- Val Hennessy * Daily Mail *

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