New Toys From The Cold War

New Toys From The Cold War


Nuevos juguetes de la guerra fría

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.

Spanish language original



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

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“Here is a novelist with a sharp and clear-cut command of language, mastering the structure of a story, the plot, the sense of mystery, and the gradual reveal of its backstory”

—Antonio Muñoz Molina

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“An excellent novel whose unique, particular tone is based upon a variety of genres and strategies, ranging from spy novels, non-fiction, intellectual inquiry, and political thrillers”

—Luis García Montero, InfoLibre

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“Opening up into blazing images, smells and textures, this debut novel takes the reader down to the depths of the soul and memory”

—Enrique Sánchez Hernani, El Comercio

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“One of the best books of the year. Its cross-cutting reach extends beyond the personal and historical contexts of the characters”

—Jaime Cabrera Junco, Perú 21


Juan Manuel Robles

LIMA, 1978

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.

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