byCaryl FereyTranslated bySteve Rendall

July 12, 2013|
Mapuche by Caryl Ferey
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A Mapuche woman in Buenos Aires tries to solve a friend’s murder in this Prix Landerneau–winning crime novel by the acclaimed French author of Zulu.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jana is a Mapuche, one of those indigenous “people of the earth” who were dispossessed when the Argentinean constitution turned them into outlaws overnight. A survivor of the Dirty War, Jana is now sculptor of a rare talent. But to make ends meet, she must also prostitute herself down at the docks. Her best friend, Miguel, a.k.a. Paula, is a transvestite who also works the docks. Jana and Miguel are connected, as if by a blood bond—so when Miguel disappears, it shatters Jana’s fragile world. Then the body of a transvestite is found emasculated at an abandoned port, La Boca. Jana turns to private investigator Rubén Calderón for help and protection. After serving time following the coup d’état of March 24, 1976, Calderón has been searching for any trace of los desaparecidos—the disappeared—and their odious tormentors.
Together, Jana and Rubén will plunge into the corrupt heart of the Argentinean political system on a hunt for a vicious murderer.

Caryl Ferey's novel Utu won the Sang d'Encre, Michael Lebrun, and SNCF Crime Fiction Prizes. Zulu, his first novel to be published in English, was the winner of the Nouvel Obs Crime Fiction and Quais du Polar Readers Prizes. In 2008, it was awarded the French Grand Prix for Best Crime Novel. He lives in France.
Product dimensions:464 pages, 8.22 X 5.3 X 1.37 in
Shipping dimensions:464 pages, 8.22 X 5.3 X 1.37 in
Published:July 12, 2013
Publisher:Europa Editions
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781609451202

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