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Susan LowellFrom its style, one would assume that The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts is Latin American magical realism, expertly rendered into English. Yet the author is British, and his book is a riposte that merits translation into a Romance language....Fought by means of guerrillas, soldiers, pranks, spells, venereal disease, Spanish muskets, M-16's and a bulldozer, it's a comedy—and tragedy—of errors. The novel's pace is brisk, its prose epigrammatic. Farcical incidents alternate with graphic descriptions of torture, ribald sex scenes with tender love stories, political satire with supernatural events....Mr. de Bernieres is funnier than most magical realists, and more hopeful—perhaps too optimistic, in spite of the grimness of his political and military satire.
—The New York Times