It is 1864, and Mexico is bankrupt and riven by civil war. After a dangerous army officer survives a bungled assassination attempt, young, bookish Diego Serrano is inadvertently pulled into a drama of loyalty and deceit that unfolds against a backdrop of imperial splendour and brutal conflict. Diego is forced to make a soul-wrenching choice, and his decision will have seismic consequences for himself and his nation.
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The Empire of Yearning cannot be said to succeed as a novel or to fulfill the promise of its basis in historical fact, but the myth it alludes to still resonates today in Mexico — at least the myth in its political aspect of lawlessness.Read Full Review of The Empire of Yearning | See more reviews from National Post arts