The Matter of Desire by Edmundo Paz Soldan
A Novel

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The Matter of Desire is the story of Pedro, a Bolivian-American political scientist who teaches at a university in upstate New York. Having become entangled in an erotically charged romance with Ashley, a beautiful red-headed graduate student, he returns to Bolivia to seek answers to his own life by investigating the mysteries of his father's past. Trapped between two cultures, Pedro ultimately finds himself in an existential dilemma of tragic dimensions. The Matter of Desire combines elements of the political thriller and the family mystery with a torrid illicit love affair and brilliantly elucidates the complex relationship between Latin America and the United States.
 

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Edmundo Paz Soldn is the author of six novels and two short story collections. He was awarded the 2002 Bolivian National Book Award for Turings Delirium and a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship. He has won the National Book Award in Bolivia, the prestigious Juan Rulfo Award, and was a finalist for the Romulo Gllegos Award. He is an associate professor at Cornell University. One of the few McOndo writers who live in the United States, he is frequently called upon as the movements spokesperson by the American media.
 
Published April 8, 2004 by Mariner Books. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With the help of his Uncle David, who was present at his father's death, Pedro reexamines his father's famous novel, Berkeley , a postmodern tour-de-force littered with secret messages.

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