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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Saldivar is a naif steered increasingly blindly into the strange world of the case itself. Better luck next time, Roncagliolo. Roncagliolo dreamed of becoming a writer. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The relationship between the protagonist and his father is extremely distant since Chacaltana assures that he never met his father and neither did he ever inquire about him.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The main character Abgil District Prosecutor Felix Chacaltana Saldivar, an unambitious, hapless, by-the-book civil servant, has to face a murder investigation, a burned corpse that has been found mutilated.

Visit our Beautiful Books page orjo find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The Ayacucho Region was not only where the Shining Path Sendero Luminosoa Maoist revolutionary organization, committed what it called its first ‘act of war’ against the Peruvian government, it was one of the areas of the country hardest hit by the brutal tactics of both the terrorist and counter-terrorist forces.

The Associate District Prosecutor did everything to the letter of the law, including sending rapists to prison; however this made him an outcast, even the rape victims got angry that they were unable to marry their attackers and get their reputation intact.

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Interesting article on racism and sexism found in Tolkien’s works. But when a particularly grisly murder is discovered, and the necessity to write a report lands on Chacaltana’s desk, he finds himself immersed in a state of affairs that has not been finished, in a mire of police and military corruption, and way out of his depth. In his novel Red April won the Alfaguara Prize novel.

Our problem is that for us, reality is a pain in the balls; we’ve never seen the pretty things your books talk about. Retrieved July 27, I hope I can transmit the same fervour to you now having read it. A somewhat uneasy mix of political and crime thriller, Roncagliolo does paint some very vivid and powerful scenes — but it is of a dark and desolate world.

Preview — Abril rojo by Santiago Roncagliolo. 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 Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references.

He still had to attach the forensic report. It’s sort of a thriller, as the prosecutor finds himself investigating a series of horrific murders which may or may not signify the re-emergence of the presumed dormant Peruvian terrorist group, the Shining Path.

The author effortlessly conducts us via his protagonist through the Kafka-like bureaucracy that undermines his role at every turn.

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By the end, this carefully constructed figure who elicited our sympathies at the outset, has sacrificed them all and falls apart. This book is germane to much of Latin America and should hopefully lay to rest the roncaagliolo of magical realism that has long had its day as a cipher into the complexities of the region. Series by Roncagluolo Roncagliolo. Retrieved from ” https: Jack Kerouac, The Unknown Kerouac: Ian’s A to Z of Authors 46 96 Jan 06, That is why we save bodies for resurrection”.


When reading Red April you quickly learn just how important religion is to the Peruvian people and the plot of the novel. The limitations of group discussions involving exe This book did not live up to its potential. It has nice characters, and behind a very interesting plot we can identify social and political background. This place is doomed to romo bathed in blood and fire forever, Chacaltana. Chacaltana is a by-the-book functionary, drawn in a rather comic fashion, the sort of person who would rather send a memo than talk to someone: In Lima, reached to publish books for children and a play while working in the Human Rights Commission, until inhe flew to Madrid determined to succeed.

Freya Stark 7 years ago. He questions the counter-terrorism strategies of the Fujimori government but also depicts the overall sense of relief that the people had when terrorist organisations were dealt with.

The Wari culture was here, and then the Chancas, who never let themselves be conquered by the Incas.