Turing's Delirium by Edmundo Paz Soldan

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Set against the backdrop of the globalization crisis, Edmundo Paz Soldán's award-winning literary thriller is a modern chapter in the age-old fight between oppressed and opressor.

The town of Río Fugitivo is on the verge of a social revolution -- not a revolution of strikes and street riots but a war waged electronically, in which computer viruses are the weapons and hackers the revolutionaries.

In this war of information, the lives of a variety of characters become entangled: Kandisky, the mythic leader of a group of hackers fighting the government and transnational companies; Albert, the founder of the Black Chamber, a state security firm charged with deciphering the secret codes used in the information war; and Miguel Sáenz, the Black Chamber’s most famous codebreaker, who begins to suspect that his work is not as innocent as he once supposed. All converge to create an edgy, fast-paced story about personal responsibility and complicity in a world defined by the ever-increasing gulfs between the global and the local, government and society, the virtual and the real.
 

About Edmundo Paz Soldan

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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 June 1, 2007 by Mariner Books. 308 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Those coups provide the backstory for Paz Soldán's propulsive sixth novel (after The Matter of Desire ): the character of the dying president, known only as Montenegro, is drawn from the two reigns of Hugo Banzer Suárez, dictator from 1971 to 1978 and an elected president from 1997 until illness ...

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You could say Edmundo Paz Soldán's sixth novel reads like a trash page-turner — I dunno, pick one about codes — reworked by puzzle-master Jorge Luis Borges.

Jul 14 2006 | Read Full Review of Turing's Delirium

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