Death in the Andes, Paperback Book
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In an isolated community in the Peruvian Andes, a series of mysterious disappearances has occurred.

Army corporal Lituma and his deputy Tomas believe the Shining Path guerrillas are responsible, but the townspeople have their own ideas about the forces that claimed the bodies of the missing men.

This riveting novel is filled with unforgettable characters, among them disenfranchised Indians, eccentric local folk, and a couple performing strange cannibalistic sacrifices.

As the investigation progresses, Tomas entertains Lituma with the surreal tale of a precarious love affair.Death in the Andes is both a fascinating detective novel and an insightful political allegory.

Mario Vargas Llosa offers a panoramic view of Peruvian society, from the recent social upheaval to the cultural influences in its past.


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A great book to get the flavour of Peru around the time when 'Shining path' were pretty active there. A good story

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Vargas Llosa is a brilliant writer - this work is darker than others of his that I have read, but the period he wrote about in this was dark and violent, and he has captured that disturbingly well. More realistic, less magical than his early work. Well worth reading regardless.

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This was my first taste of Vargas-Llosa, and it was interesting to say the least. This novel starts off kind of slow, but it gets better as the reader becomes more and more curious about what exactly has happened (and is going on) and as the characters become more and more intriguing. <br/><br/><br/>

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