Mapuche

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Twenty-eight-year-old Jana is a Mapuche, one of those “people of the earth” who roamed the most fertile tracts of the south American pampas for over two thousand years before being dispossessed in 1910 by the Argentinean constitution and transformed overnight into outlaws. Long black hair, big almond-shaped eyes, ravishing features, tall…but with small breasts, breasts that stopped growing after a violent attack by the Argentinean police when she was a girl. Jana is sculptor of a rare and undiscovered talent who ...

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Twenty-eight-year-old Jana is a Mapuche, one of those “people of the earth” who roamed the most fertile tracts of the south American pampas for over two thousand years before being dispossessed in 1910 by the Argentinean constitution and transformed overnight into outlaws. Long black hair, big almond-shaped eyes, ravishing features, tall…but with small breasts, breasts that stopped growing after a violent attack by the Argentinean police when she was a girl. Jana is sculptor of a rare and undiscovered talent who prostitutes herself down at the docks to make ends meet. She is connected, as if by a blood bond, to her best friend, Miguel, a.k.a. Paula, a transvestite who also works the docks. When the body of a transvestite is found emasculated at the Port de la Boca, Jana turns for help and protection to private investigator Ruben Calderon. Calderon is a grizzled investigator who served time following the coup d’état of March 24, 1976. Since then he has been working tirelessly for the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, searching for any trace of los desaparecidos and their odious tormentors. Together, Jana and Ruben will plunge into the corrupt beating heart of the Argentinean political system on a hunt for a vicious murderer.

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Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
This hard-hitting crime novel from Ferey (Zulu) revolves around Argentina's Dirty War, during which as many as 30,000 people were murdered by their government, reported as "disappeared." Even after 30 years, its shadow still blankets the country. Mapuche Indian Jana, a sculptress forced into prostitution, attempts to solve the brutal murder of her friend Luz, a transvestite and fellow prostitute. Meanwhile, PI Ruben Calderon, a Dirty War victim, is researching the disappearance of well-to-do Maria Victoria Campallo. Jana and Ruben soon realize their intersecting searches for justice have made them and their friends targets for dangerous men, who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden. The action is sometimes sacrificed in favor of exposition for readers unfamiliar with the history involved, and the occasional, mercifully brief sex scenes are unfortunate. That said, the author is skilled at getting the reader to invest in the fates of Jana, Ruben, and the lesser characters. Anger at justice deferred in real life fuels operatic celebrations of cathartic vengeance. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609451202
  • Publisher: Europa
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,431,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Caryl Férey’s novel Utu won the Sang d’Encre, Michael Lebrun, and SNCF Crime Fiction Prizes. Zulu, his first novel to be published in English, was the winner of the Nouvel Obs Crime Fiction and Quais du Polar Readers Prizes. In 2008, it was awarded the French Grand Prix for Best Crime Novel. He lives in France.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Fascinating

    I stumbled on this book by chance and it is a fascinating read. This author first book Zulu had great reviews. This book is set in Argentine. It is a hard boiled thriller with occasional violent scenes and Argentinian history. I would have liked to be able to read it in its original French version but this translation is excellent. Now I know what's next on my list to read this summer: Zulu.

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