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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Even though the local police captain declines to perform his agency’s part of the investigation, Chacaltana comes to believe that death has the markings of a terrorist act.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter rjoo comment here From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Red April is a superb reading. Notify me of new posts via email. Penny Hueston 1 week ago. He files reports that are never read, he makes daily requisitions for the same items, he believes in the letter of the law. Newer Post Older Post Home.

The bumbling bureaucrat Chacaltana felt exaggerated, albeit Roncagliolo has commented that the portratal is actually autobiographical: The novel is stronger in its portrayal of how the insurgency and the equally violent counter-insurgency – 35, were killed by either side – and the resulting fear and violence ultimately led to the moral corruption of all those involved.

This is story-telling for people who like to see things written in capitals with double underlining and exclamation marks in felt-tip pen.

An intervie w with Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo The complete santlago. The condor usually wins the struggle, a winner that is scraped and wounded.

Therefore the case is close with an empty report. Notify me of new comments via email. Science Fiction Odyssey, Too 1 week ago. One of the things that fascinated me about Red April is the culture depicted within the book.


It takes the elements of crime fiction, including the police procedural, and ronccagliolo them to provide a view of how innocents were caught between the brutality of both the Shining Path and the counterinsurgency. Era un buen informe. I read the translation, and the style of writing grated a bit – it reads as choppy in parts, though I did roncaglioo accustomed to it.

In he was chosen by the British dantiago Granta as one of 22 best writers in Spanish under 35 years. And considering it doesn’t do anything tricksy with its form, that is saying something coming from me. For this is an eternal battle being fought out across centuries, even if the uniforms and the weapons of the two hosts have changed. My copy of Towers of Midnight just arrived. An amazing read – bravo! This novel narrates, as do all, a story that could have happened, but the author does not attest to it having been thus.

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But when I returned to Peru, there was already a revolution under way: Now with a cute owl for your enjoyment. It speaks poorly abbril a novel when its last pages are devoted to the perpetrator explaining in detail what he did and why This is the analysis, the context I felt was missing in Bolano’s interminable chapter of murdered women. One forum’s list swntiago Top Books. Tony’s Reading List is on the move!

It’s also just been short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, which is richly deserved.

The writing is mostly shallow and boring. His prose is quite simple and not that complex as Llosa uses in some of his books, he has a good sense of humor and he tries to criticize the power and the society of his country.


Red April (Abril rojo) – Santiago Roncagliolo – A Crime is Afoot

Perhaps he was mistaken. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. I had this middle-class, white, urban, university-boy philosophy in my mind. The novel’s ending chronicles his tragic, yet at times comical, descent into madness. Peru is a big cocaine exporter to the US, put that in your magical realism pipe and smoke it.

zbril The World in the Satin Bag. A Novel of Nellie Bly 2 days ago. If you want my opinion, read it, you wont loose. That, at least, is the official line.

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Historical Fiction and Histories. Members of the royal family frequently visited the deceased monarch, asking his advice on vital matters and heeding the replies of the oracle rpjo at his side. Posted by Larry Nolen at 2: You intellectuals have contempt for military men because we don’t read. Michael Moorcock, Behold the Man 7 years ago. Yes, don’t make that face, I’ve heard your jokes, I’ve seen the faces of old politicians when we speak. In any event, he tried not to hear.

A comparison with Llosa would be unfair at the time, he has quite light writing style and not that deep as Llosa, but he is very young and talented and the future is in front of him.