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Death in the Andes: A Novel Paperback – October 2, 2007
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The reader encounters alternating viewpoints and layered conversations that intermingle the present and the past, forcing the reader to remain alert. Death in the Andes is structurally a mystery story in which two soldiers assigned to a barren outpost investigate the disappearance of three men. The brutal Shining Path terrorists (the Senderistas) are the natural suspect, but Corporal Lituma also mistrusts both the townspeople (largely traditional Indians) and the construction work crew building a highway across the mountains. Initially, he has little patience for talk of the pishtacos, vampire-like humans that sucked the blood and ate the melted the fat of their victims.
There are stories within stories. Young French tourists are stoned to death, rather than shot, to save bullets, and to permit others to take part in the killing. In fascination we listen to a lonely young man describe his improbable love of a prostitute. We witness a village turning upon itself and selecting victims for the Senderistas. We meet an aged, repulsive woman who in her youth helped kill a pishtacos. We gain a nebulous understanding as to why Peruvians and foreigners involved in re-forestation programs and nature preserves become prime targets for assassination.
I have already begun to read Death in the Andes again and I am searching for more writings by Mario Vargas Llosa.Read more ›
The novel opens with an old woman, arriving at a rural Garda station to say that her husband, a foreman on a road-building crew, has disappeared. His is the third unsolved disappearance from their small mountain village in the past three weeks. Local peasants, farmers, laborers, and Indians have provided no information to the two Garda officers, Cpl. Lituma and Tomasito, his assistant, and both men worry that they are surrounded by the terrorists they are there to monitor. Tomasito himself has escaped to the mountains to avoid death at the hands of a mob leader for whom he had recently been a bodyguard – until he fell in love with his boss’s girlfriend.
Without transition, the narrative suddenly shifts to a pair of adventuresome but naïve French tourists traveling through the Andes by bus. Even after masked men stop their bus, they believe that nothing can happen to them because “We are French tourists, senor.” Other story lines also evolve and broaden the scope.Read more ›
Told in a mosaic of voices, from Lituma to two hapless French tourists to the proprietor of the local cantina, the real mystery is the Peruvian people and their survival in the harsh terrain of the Andes amid guerrillas, poverty, political uncertainty, and superstition. Llosa delivers this story with an unflinching honesty that will keep you turning pages, horrified and yet unable to turn away.
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Two Peruvian police officers , both outsiders, are stationed in a remote post in the Andes. While they investigate the disappearance of 3 men a terroristic organization operates... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Loves the View
Very interesting look into a culture very different from our own.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Death in the Andes: A Novel is a masterpiece of language, Peruvian history and sociology - both in it's original Spanish and adapted English translation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ailana N
Actually, in my judgement, the book deserves three and half stars. But I am tired of upgrading ratings to the next whole star lacking Amazon's half star increment; so, I am... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kafishna
There story is not really narrated. It is told in such a way that makes you seem to be in the room or road etc.Published 11 months ago by Paul L. Whalen
One of Vargas Llosa's best and most accessible. Characters fascinating and clearly depicted. A story of a unique culture, and of universal passions and tragedy.Published 11 months ago by Gail Field