P. S.: War by Candlelight by Daniel Alarcón (2006, Paperback)
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Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Red April evokes Holy Week during a cruel, bloody, and terrifying time in Peru's history, shocking for its corrosive mix of assassination, bribery, intrigue, torture, and enforced disappearance - a war between grim, ideologically driven terrorism and morally bankrupt government counterinsurgence.
Mother-haunted, wife-abandoned, literature-loving, quietly eccentric Felix Chacaltana Saldivar is a hapless, by-the-book, unambitious prosecutor living in Lima.
Until now he has lived a life in which nothing exceptionally good or bad has ever happened to him. Lima is rife with turmoil and strife while Peru's Andes mountains and blue skies provide a beautiful backdrop for the chaotic times within its capital city.
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