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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Penny Hueston 1 week ago. You don’t have the slightest idea of what that’s like.

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The sergeant returned eight minutes later. Despite the first murder in the beginning, things get even more difficult and mysterious during the elections and the Holy A truly amazing book that is suspenseful to the end and that has several mysteries going on together for which the reader has to wait for closure.

For further information visit: Refresh and try again. An intervie w with Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo The complete review. It is as ingrained a rhythm as the seasons.

Roncagliolo’s writing has the reader totally engrossed and fully involved in the story and the place. It’s set in a weird Latin American country! As someone tells Chacaltana: 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.

Abril Rojo

Red April is an intriguing if somewhat messy thriller, with no easy answers and culpability of different sorts all around. This is story-telling for people who like to see things written in capitals with double underlining and exc Santiago Roncagliolo has written a novel that is evidently aimed at the popular taste for a mixture of lurid violence, rapid-moving story and surprising twists.


When he fashions Chacaltana, the bumbling do-gooder, as a comic figure in a tragic place, “That was autobiographical, I’m afraid! I had this middle-class, white, urban, university-boy philosophy in my mind. The author deservedly won the prestigious Alfaguara prize for Spanish literature with this debut novel and is the youngest ever winner, two notable achievements. Season 2 2 days ago. Therefore the case is close with an empty report. It’s also just been short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, which is richly deserved.

Ironically, the protagonist finds his roots planted in Ayacucho, Lima and Cuzco, the latter city being the birthplace of his estranged father and deceased mother. Sep 18, Praxedes rated it it was ok. I hope I can transmit the same fervour to you now having read it. Want to Read saving… Error rating book.

Perhaps he was mistaken. Peru is a very religious country, in the census only 2. The book itself won the Premio Alfaguara de Novela in and I can see why. Santiago Roncagliolo Average rating: A last comment that I would almost forget is that the end of the book seem to pail a bit compared with the previous part.

This page was last edited on 8 Januaryat Red April is not exactly a great book but an excellent page turner rljo can easily satisfy almost any reader. The novel blends both a political perspective on the bloody war between the Sendero Luminoso insurgents and the Peruvian authorities’ counterinsurgency forces, an atmospheric murder mystery and a wider perspective on how violence ultimately corrupts and breeds more violence.


This book should be a 4. The Shining Pathand it was not nice.

Abril rojo by Santiago Roncagliolo

The Incan condor lashed by the claws to the back of a Spanish bull. Check out the ee books of the year on our page Best Books of The mousy, pedantic prosecutor tries to be exact as possible in his official reports, but no one really wants the truth spelled out all too clearly.

Santiago Rafael Roncagliolo Lohmann born March 29, is a Peruvian writer, screenwriter, translator and journalist. He removed the pages from the typewriter, kept the carbon paper for future documents, and placed each copy of the document in its respective envelope: This article about a Peruvian journalist is a stub.

This place is doomed to be bathed in blood and fire forever, Chacaltana. Chacaltana himself is really odd, a combination of Norman Bates and Inspector Clouseau, fastidious but often clueless and with skeletons in his own closet. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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