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'A novel of prodigious imagination' Scotland on Sunday

The epic finale of the Latin American trilogy following The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts and Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord

While the economy of his small South American country collapses, President Veracruz joins his improbable populace of ex-soldiers, former guerrillas, unfrocked priests and reformed - though by no means inactive - whores, in a bizarre search for sexual fulfilment.

But for Cardinal Guzman, a man tormented by his own private daemons, their stupendous, hedonistic fiestas represent the epicentre of all heresies.Heresies that must be challenged with a horrifying new inquisition destined to climax in a spectacular confrontation...

'An extraordinary feat of imagination... a sensuous, often farcical and ultimately optimistic argument for spiritual sanity' Time Out

Reviews

A carnival of pain and pleasure, violence, tenderness, high jinks of every sexual sort, quaint customs and quainter jokes

Financial Times

An extraordinary feat of imagination... a sensuous, often farcical and ultimately optimistic argument for spiritual sanity

Time Out

Mr de Bernières writes superbly

Catholic Times

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    9781448113804

    November 30, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    400 pages

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    9780749398576

    October 1, 1993

    Vintage

    400 pages

    RRP $22.99

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