The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero
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Published for the first time in English, an atmospheric, brilliant novel from an internationally bestselling literary luminary.

Roberto Ampuero’s novels starring the wonderfully roguish Cayetano Brulé are an international sensation. In The Neruda Case, readers are introduced to Cayetano as he takes on his first case as a private eye. Set against the fraught political world of pre-Pinochet Chile, Castro’s Cuba, and perilous behind-the-Wall East Berlin, this mystery spans countries, cultures, and political ideas, and features one of literature’s most beloved figures—Pablo Neruda.

Cayetano meets the poet at a party in Chile in the 1970s. The dying Neruda recruits Cayetano to help him solve the last great mystery of his life. As Cayetano fumbles around his first case, finding it hard to embrace the new inspector identity foisted upon him, he begins to learn more about Neruda’s hidden agenda. Neruda sends him on a whirlwind expedition around the world, ending back in Chile, where Pinochet’s coup plays out against the final revelations of their journey.

Evocative, romantic, and full of intrigue, Ampuero’s novel is both a glimpse into the life of Pablo Neruda as death approaches and a political thriller that unfolds during the fiercely convulsive end of an era.


 

About Roberto Ampuero

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ROBERTO AMPUERO is an internationally bestselling, award-winning author. He has published eleven novels in Spanish, and his works have been translated around the world. The Neruda Case is his first novel published in English. Born in Chile, he is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City with his family.CAROLINA DE ROBERTIS is a critically acclaimed translator and novelist. She is the author of The Invisible Mountain and Perla.
 
Published June 14, 2012 by Riverhead. 349 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Fiction

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If the title sounds like something out of detective fiction, it is—for Ampuero asks us to consider the hypothetical possibility that Pablo Neruda, terminally ill, hires someone to track down a former lover.

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Chilean author Ampuero’s first novel published in English, a moving fictional interpretation of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda’s final days in 1973, appropriately enough sings with poetic metaphor. Nerud

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Neruda, who’s ill with cancer as Chile teeters toward upheaval because of his friend President Allende’s reform platform, seeks out unemployed Cuban Cayetano Brulé in Valparaíso and hires him to investigate the whereabouts of a former acquaintance, Dr. Ángel Bracamonte.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Just as Pablo Neruda invented himself as the grand poet of the 20th-century Spanish-speaking world, Cayetano Brulé is inventing himself as private detective Brulé.

Jun 21 2012 | Read Full Review of The Neruda Case: A Novel

TODAY'S ZAMAN

His inspiration drew from his life, and in Roberto Ampuero’s novel “The Neruda Case,” the poet reminisces about the women in his life during his final days, as the threat of a coup d’etat against socialist President Salvador Allende builds and Neruda grows increasingly weak from the cancer that w...

Aug 10 2012 | Read Full Review of The Neruda Case: A Novel

Lehigh Valley Live

His inspiration drew from his life, and in Roberto Ampuero's novel “The Neruda Case” (Riverhead Books), the poet reminisces about the women in his life during his final days, as the threat of a coup d'etat against socialist President Salvador Allende builds and Neruda grows increasingly weak from...

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