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The Buenos Aires Quintet (A Pepe Carvalho Mystery) Paperback – March 27, 2012
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“Montalbán does for Barcelona what Chandler did for Los Angeles— he exposes the criminal power relationships beneath the façade of democracy.”
— THE GUARDIAN
“Montalbán writes with authority and compassion— a le Carré-like sorrow.”
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"What’s not to like about a detective who, at the end of a hard day’s sleuthing, rustles up a duck ragout at 1 in the morning and then sits down to eat it?" — THE DAILY BEAST
“A writer who is caustic about the powerful and tender towards the oppressed.”
— TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
“Carvalho travels down the mean calles with humor, perception, and compassion.”
— THE TIMES (LONDON)
“Does for modern Barcelona what Dickens did for 19th century London.”
“Carvalho is funny . . . scathingly witty about the powerful. He is an original eccentric, burning books and cooking all night. Like Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe, he is a man of honor walking the mean streets of a sick society.”
— THE INDEPENDENT (LONDON)
“A sharp wit and a knowing eye.”
— SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON)
About the Author
Born in Barcelona in 1939, MANUEL VÁZQUEZ MONTALBÁN (1939–2003) was a member of Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunya (PSUC), and was jailed by the Franco government for four years for supporting a miners’ strike. A columnist for Madrid’s El País, as well as a prolific poet, playwright, and essayist, Vázquez Montalbán was also a well-known gourmand who wrote often about food. The nineteen novels in his Pepe Carvalho series have won international acclaim, including the Planeta prize (1979) and the International Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (1981), both for Southern Seas. He died in 2003 in Thailand, on his way home to Barcelona.
NICK CAISTOR’S translations from the Spanish and the Portuguese include works by José Saramago and Paulo Coelho, and he is the author of Che Guevara: A Life.
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This book was well written and evoked Buenos Aires so well that you could taste and smell it, but the plot doesn't deliver. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by ahm
Well written and evocative of the city and its tragic history, the book is almost impenetrably complex. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by C. Maltas