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The Wind Traveler showcases the mesmerizing storytelling of Alonso Cueto at the top of his career. At the heart of his latest work is a seemingly ordinary man named Ángel, who sells kitchenware at a store in Lima. In the early 1990s, he had served as an army soldier, engaging in brutal acts whose aftermath still reverberates. He is forced to reckon with his past when a woman he was instructed to kill enters the store and buys a few items. How can she still be alive? What's more, how can she not recognize Ángel? Remarkably, she asks him to deliver her purchases to her house. From this moment, Ángel feels compelled to make amends through any means necessary, even if it requires sacrificing his life of quiet retirement.

A stirring tribute to the wounded souls who yearn to make peace with the past, The Wind Traveler offers a new vision of the fragile human connections that sustain a deeply fractured world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477317747
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Series: Latin American Literature in Translation
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

The author of more than thirty books, which have been translated into sixteen languages, Alonso Cueto is an award-winning novelist, playwright, journalist, and professor of journalism.

Frank Wynne is a literary translator from Ireland, the author of I Was Vermeer, and the translator of Cueto's The Blue Hour.

Jessie Mendez Sayer is a literary translator, editor, and former literary scout. She studied history and Spanish at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

  • I
  • II
  • III
  • IV
  • V
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author and Translators

What People are Saying About This

Santiago Gil

"Each book by the Peruvian writer Alonso Cueto is a journey into our own selves…To read Cueto is to walk those paths of one's soul that only writers can shine a light on…The Wind Traveler [is a] prodigious novel."

Diario de Tarragona

"One of the major novelists of his generation."

Mariela Sagel

"Alonso Cueto records how literature contributes to the definition of our society. The Wind Traveler is simply extraordinary.

Christian Roinat

"The Wind Traveler is a must-read for its multitude of nuanced ideas, but above all for the changing atmospheres, a spitting image of real life. A novel that will impact any reader."

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