New Toys From The Cold War

 

New Toys From The Cold War

by JUAN MANUEL ROBLES


A sharp and timely debut novel that explores topics such as being a migrant in the US, Latin-American revolutions and the limits and pitfalls of memory

 
 

Iván Morante is a migrant worker in New York, where he waits tables at a Peruvian restaurant. On a cold winter day, he arranges to meet Saldaña, a Spanish woman who will help him take a soul-searching trip back to his childhood in 70’s La Paz, Bolivia, when Iván’s father worked at the Cuban embassy. By revisiting a world that was deep in the throes of the Cold War, Iván will try to rebuild his and his father’s past in those uncertain times. Iván’s story gradually unfolds, revealing a tangle of vague recollections and false memories riddled with soldiers, guerrillas and spies. At the same time, he will struggle to forge his own destiny.

This novel is a mystery with hints of thriller, set against the backdrop of the imminent fall of the Berlin Wall, revolutions throughout Latin America and the geopolitical schemes of an imperialistic United States.

 

BOOK DETAILS

  • Debut novel
  • Published in 2016, 472 pages
  • Spanish language
  • Original title: Nuevos juguetes de la Guerra Fría

RIGHTS SOLD

  • Paperback: Bordes, 2019
  • Audiorights: Planeta Perú/Storytel, 2019
  • World Spanish: Seix Barral, 2016

PRAISE

"A powerful and complete author, a novelist with an admirable narrative force" —ANTONIO MUÑOZ MOLINA

"Robles' outstanding novel explores nostalgic terrain through 80s and 90s children’s fantasies" —BBC MUNDO

“A fascinating novel revealing the Latin American history that many try to hide” —EL COMERCIO

“An excellent novel. Its unique, particular tone is based upon a variety of genres and techniques, ranging from spy novels, non-fiction,intellectual inquiry, and political thrillers” —Luis García Montero, INFOLIBRE

“One of the best books of the year. Its depth transcends the personal and historical context that the author portrays” —PERÚ 21

AWARDS

  • NYT EN ESPAÑOL Notable Book Of 2016
  • EL PAÍS Best Books of 2016 to understand Latin America
 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JUAN MANUEL ROBLES - KALPA LITERARY AGENCY

Juan Manuel Robles was chosen as one of the best writers from Latin America under the age of 39 by the Hay Festival's Bogotá 39 list.

He is the author of NEW TOYS FROM THE COLD WAR (Seix Barral, 2015), one of the most celebrated novels in the last few years from Perú. His widely praised most recent work of fiction, WE ARE NOT GOHSTBUSTERS (Seix Barral, 2018) is comprised of seven short works, masterfully uncovering latent cyber-paranoia and technology-related threats.

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A powerful and complete author, a novelist with an admirable narrative force
— ANTONIO MUÑOZ MOLINA

 

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