El asedio (The Siege)

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Cadiz, 1811. Espana lucha por su independencia mientras America lo hace por la suya. En las calles de la ciudad mas liberal de Europa se libran batallas de otra indole. Mujeres jovenes aparecen desolladas a latigazos. En cada lugar, antes del hallazgo del cadaver. Ha caido una bomba francesa. Eso traza sobre la ciudad un mapa superpuesto y siniestro: un complejo tablero de ajedrez donde la mano de un jugador oculto un asesino despiadado, el azar, las curvas de artilleria, la direccion de los vientos, el calculo ...

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Overview

Cadiz, 1811. Espana lucha por su independencia mientras America lo hace por la suya. En las calles de la ciudad mas liberal de Europa se libran batallas de otra indole. Mujeres jovenes aparecen desolladas a latigazos. En cada lugar, antes del hallazgo del cadaver. Ha caido una bomba francesa. Eso traza sobre la ciudad un mapa superpuesto y siniestro: un complejo tablero de ajedrez donde la mano de un jugador oculto un asesino despiadado, el azar, las curvas de artilleria, la direccion de los vientos, el calculo de probabilidades mueve piezas que deciden el destino de los protagonistas: un policia corrupto y brutal, la heredera de una importante casa comercial gaditana, un capitan corsario de pocos escrupulos, un taxidermista misantropo y espia un enternecedor guerrillero de las salinas y un excentrico artillero a quien las guerras importan menos que resolver el problema tecnico del corto alcance de sus obuses. El asedio narra el pulso asombroso de un mundo que pudo ver u no fue. El fin de una epoca y unos personajes condenados por la Historia, sentenciados a una vida que, como la ciudad que los alberga una Cadiz equivoca, enigmatica, solo en apariencia luminosa y blanca, nunca volvera a ser la misma.

Cadiz, year 1811. While Spain and America are both fighting for their independence, a different type of battle is being waged in Europe's most liberal city. Young women are found dead, their throats severed by the cutting slash of a whip. And in each place, just before another dead body is found, a French bomb has exploded. These events create a sinister sketch over the city: a complex chess board where the hand of a mysterious player—a ruthless murderer, chance, the direction of the winds, the estimation of probabilities—moves the pieces that determine the fate of the characters: a savage and corrupt police officer, the heiress to a local commercial empire, an unscrupulous privateer, a misanthropic taxidermist and spy, a guerilla fighter from the coast capable of inspiring the most tender feelings, and an eccentric artilleryman more concerned with finding a solution to the short range of his mortar and shells than with war. El asedio reconstructs the extraordinary pulsating beat of a real or imaginary world. It is the end of an era and also the story of individuals condemned by History, sentenced to live a life that, just as the city they call home—an enigmatic, ambiguous and misleading Cadiz, a city whose brightness and luminosity is only skin deep—will never be the same.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9786071104427
  • Publisher: Alfaguara
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 727
  • Sales rank: 627,970
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    boring and very disappointing ending

    boring and very disappointing ending

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