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Jonathan YardleyNothing works out quite the way anyone expects, which is just one of the many strengths of this remarkable novel. It deals with big universal themes—betrayal, the war between fathers and sons, cowardice and valor—and big particular ones: the mix of peoples and histories that is Latin America, the painful political and social history under which Colombia suffers, the poison that Nazism spread throughout the world. It is the best work of literary fiction to come my way since 2005, with the publication of Olga Grushin's The Dream Life of Sukhanov (also, interestingly enough, about betrayal), and into the bargain it is immensely entertaining, with twists and turns of plot that yield great satisfaction.
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