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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ce Edith Grossman is an award-winning translator, and gives us the author’s prose impeccably. The dates for Holy Week in and the description of the celebration are also true. But Roncagliolo has written an oddly addictive book.

First List 11 67 Feb 14, Notify me of new posts via email. And when that happens, I begin to ask myself what exactly it is that we fought against.

But when a particularly grisly murder is discovered, and the necessity to write a report lands on C Xbril a chilling book.

Saldivar is a very middling functionary, adept only at writing reports. Guzman himself and some of the ideology of the group suggest much of mystic Cults. Popular Posts Christopher Priest’s recent post on the Clarke Award shortlist serves as a reminder why strong, snark dissension has its place in literary discussion. Open Preview See a Problem?

Abril Rojo

Abril rojo by the Barcelona-based Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo was a best-seller in Spain and won the prestigious Premio Alfaguara de Novela in You get used to the pain of losing them and simply try to avoid being one of the empty chairs that keep multiplying in the dining rooms.

The story is so powerful that it grabs your attention from the first to the last page. To ask other readers questions about Abril rojoplease sign up. He has roncagliollo five novels about fear.

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. It’s hard to spend so much time with someone so uninteresting.


Guzman himself and some of the i I invested in this zbril on the strength of a review I read. That is why we save bodies for resurrection”.

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Set in the weeks around Holy Week in Aprilit is sanriago from the perspective of Associate District Prosecutor Felix Chacaltana Saldivar, who has returned from Lima to his native Ayacucho, where the Sendero Luminoso ed began. His other novels Tan cerca de la vida and Oscar y las mujeres explore psychological thriller and black humour. Jack Kerouac, The Unknown Kerouac: View all 3 comments. Thus, he reports santiaog the 1, residents of a village can’t remember where the individual who found the burned body was because they were as drunk as he during a three-day festival.

A question arises from this commentary: In he was chosen by the British magazine Granta ce one of 22 best writers in Spanish under 35 years. Hi, This Is Conchita: I have no idea. Retrieved July 27, Not only do they stand in sharp contrast to notes the killer s seem to make after each murder, they reflect both his desire to follow bureaucratic procedures and his own touch of ineptitude.

From this point on the different events of the story will become known owing to conversations the main character has with others and the reports filed by this prosecutor.

Red April (Abril rojo) – Santiago Roncagliolo – A Crime is Afoot

I did think the author lost a modicum of his sure-handedness in his treatment of this right at the end, when he did lurch over to one side of the debate, but still the build up towards it is superbly woven. Roncagliolo has also been a screenwriter, investigative journalist and political adviser. The condor usually wins the struggle, a winner that is scraped and wounded. Other books in the series. Not even an indictment, not even a memorandum. Upon his return to Ayacucho he stubbornly continues with the investigation when he finds out that anyone who talks with him dies.


Now the question being asked seems to be, do all men possess these innate animal tendencies what we used to call evil just waiting to be triggered, or can even decent men be brutalised by their surroundings into committing heinous deeds? Even Chacaltana himself, as the killings progress, performs acts of violence that seem inconceivable from the mild-mannered paper-pusher he once was. Saldivar is a naif steered increasingly blindly into the strange world of the case itself.

One ought to be reminded that the novel can be understood as a place where different facts are given expression, on one hand as a faithful rendition as they took place, or by use of fiction on the other. The bumbling bureaucrat Chacaltana felt exaggerated, albeit Roncagliolo has commented that the portratal is actually autobiographical: The writing is mostly shallow and boring.

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.

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Just a moment while we sign you in roncagliol your Goodreads account. Foreign Language Releases Top 50 releases of There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This article about a Peruvian journalist is a stub. When he fashions Chacaltana, the bumbling do-gooder, as a comic figure in a tragic place, “That was autobiographical, I’m afraid!

Books by Santiago Roncagliolo. It was a sign of progress. In any event, he tried not to hear.