By Juan De Recacoechea
“American Visa is superbly written, atmospheric, and classy within the demeanour of Chandler . . . a sensible, unique crime fiction offering.”—George Pelecanos, writer of The evening Gardener "American Visa is a beautiful literary fulfillment. it's insightful and poignant, a e-book each considerate American should still learn, and as soon as learn, learn again."—William Heffernan, Edgar Award-winning writer of The Corsican "In his look for an American visa, the highschool instructor during this novel embodies the desires and aspirations of many would-be immigrants south of the border. this can be a mystery with a social judgment of right and wrong, a modern noir with plenty of humor and aptitude. The streets of los angeles Paz have by no means seemed so alive. this is often the most effective Latin American novels of the final fifteen years." —Edmundo Paz-Soldan, writer of Turing's Delirium "Mario Alvarez is super, an everyman eager to break out Bolivia's depression who cannot elude his personal tips of self-sabotage. At a time while the talk round U.S. immigration reduces many folks worldwide to caricatures, this singular and provocative portrait of the difficulty will connect to readers of all political stripes." —Arthur Nersesian, writer of Suicide Casanova Armed with faux papers, a handful of gold nuggets, and a snazzy personalized swimsuit, an unemployed schoolteacher with a novel ardour for detective fiction units out from small-town Bolivia on a determined quest for an American visa, his top desire for escaping his painful earlier and reuniting together with his grown son in Miami. Mario Alvarez's dream of emigration takes a tragicomic twist at the tough streets of los angeles Paz, Bolivia's seat of presidency. Alvarez embarks on a sequence of Kafkaesque adventures, crossing paths with a colourful solid of hustlers, social outcasts, and crooked politicians—and starting up a romance with a straight-shooting prostitute named Blanca. Spurred on by way of his detective fantasies and his personal tribulations, he hatches a plan to rob a prosperous gold broker, a call that attracts him right into a net of high-society corruption but in addition brings him nearer than ever to acquiring his price tag to paradise. Juan de Recacoechea used to be born in los angeles Paz, Bolivia, and labored as a journalist in Europe for nearly 20 years. After returning to his local kingdom, he helped stumbled on Bolivia's first state-run tv community, served as its common supervisor, and committed himself to fiction writing. Recacoechea is the writer of 7 novels. American Visa is his first novel to be translated into English.
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I was an idealist,” Don Antonio asserted. ” “You were a slacker and you blew your money playing cards,” Antelo said pointedly. ” I asked, intrigued. ” “I live off my friends, which now include you, and from the weekly sale of books from my exquisite library. Every two or three days, Antelo and sometimes Gardenia here sell one of the classics from my collection. That’s how I pay the hotel from time to time. I don’t eat much, just three lunches a week in a cheap restaurant. But I do eat chocolate cake religiously; without my chocolate, I would be in the cemetery with the rest of my family by now.
He shouted. ” 42 AMERICAN VISA The short, fat helper shot me with a squirt of German cologne made between the first and second World Wars. I smelled like a cheap whore from a half-block away. ” “Not a cent. It was a pleasure. ” “You’re missing something,” Don Ambrosio said. “Something . . something . . The gringos don’t like handsome Latin men, they think they’re going to screw all the blond women. They want them drowsylooking. ” He pushed open the front door again and spat without looking for the second time.
You’ll have to swallow the whole story, from his days as a child prodigy to his Olympic lap bidding goodbye to the fans at Siles Stadium. A nightmare,” Don Antonio whispered. Antelo invited me to sit on a patch of grass growing reluctantly in the middle of the shrub-enclosed patio. Don Antonio hadn’t exaggerated. I heard about Antelo’s long, painful career, from the first time he kicked a soccer ball in a sandy lot of a small town in Santa Cruz, to his last save against a dark-skinned fellow named Gadea, who tried to get tricky and weave with the ball inside the penalty box.