Nuevos juguetes de la Guerra Fría

Nuevos juguetes de la Guerra Fría

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New Toys From The Cold War

LITERARY DEBUT NOVEL BY BOGOTÁ 39 AUTHOR | 2016 | 472 pp

 Masquerading as a twisted, captivating thriller, a sharp and timely debut novel exploring topics like 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 to take an inner 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.

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 machinations of an imperialistic United States.

Spanish language original

 

Rights:

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 is a writer, journalist and teacher. After spending his formative years in Perú, he moved to New York City where he was a recipient of a MFA Creative Writing Fellowship at the NYU. 

He is the author of Nuevos juguetes de la guerra fría (Seix Barral, 2015), one of the most celebrated novels in the last years in Perú, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2016 (Spanish Edition), and a Best Book of the Year to Understand Latin America at El País. 

In 2007 he was named by the Hay Festival in Bogotá as one of the 39 best Latin American authors under the age of 40.

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