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The second novel in Louis de Bernières’ magical, tragic, hilarious trilogy set in a fictional South American country.

‘Sharp, funny, engaging’ Financial Times
Discover the second gripping novel in Louis de Bernières' satricial tragic, hilarious South American trilogy.

Dionisio Vivo, a South American lecturer in philosophy, is puzzled by the bodies that keep turning up outside his front door.

To his friend, Ramon, one of the few honest policemen in town, the message is all too clear: Dionisio's letters to the press, exposing the drug barons, must stop; and although Dionisio manages to escape the hit-men sent to get him, he soon realises that others are more vulnerable, and his love for them leads him to take a colossal revenge.

Reviews

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 Times

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 Bernières'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 Bernières's genius

Stephanie Gold

Amusing, terrifying and ultimately sobering

New York Times Book Review

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  • Paperback

    9780749399627

    November 1, 1992

    Vintage

    304 pages

    RRP $22.99

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