Reading List Suggestions for Peru

Posted on March 12, 2014 • Filed under: Culture, Peru reported…Our literary tour of Peru embraces Manuel Odría’s dictactorship, murder in Ayacucho, and the legacy of Pizarro’s conquistadors. Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo

Roncagliolo’s chilling political thriller is set in the provincial town of Ayacucho in 2000, in the month leading up to Holy Week. An eccentric, mother-obsessed prosecutor, newly returned to his hometown from the capital, Lima, is asked to investigate a series of grisly murders.

He suspects the killings result from a resurgence of the Maoist-inspired Shining Path guerrillas, but the savage, two-decade insurgency that claimed 70,000 lives is officially over. “In this country, there is no terrorism, by orders from the top,” a senior military officer tells him. Read Article

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