El asedio

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Alfaguara, 2010 - Fiction - 727 pages
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Cadiz, year 1811. While Spain and America are both fighting for their independence, a different type of battle is being waged in Europe’s most liberal city. Young women are found dead, their throats severed by the cutting slash of a whip. And in each place, just before another dead body is found, a French bomb has exploded. These events create a sinister sketch over the city: a complex chess board where the hand of a mysterious player — a ruthless murderer, chance, the direction of the winds, the estimation of probabilities — moves the pieces that determine the fate of the characters: a savage and corrupt police officer, the heiress to a local commercial empire, an unscrupulous privateer, a misanthropic taxidermist and spy, a guerilla fighter from the coast capable of inspiring the most tender feelings, and an eccentric artilleryman more concerned with finding a solution to the short range of his mortar and shells than with war. El asedio reconstructs the extraordinary pulsating beat of a real or imaginary world. It is the end of an era and also the story of individuals condemned by History, sentenced to live a life that, just as the city they call home — an enigmatic, ambiguous and misleading Cadiz, a city whose brightness and luminosity is only skin deep — will never be the same.

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User Review  - JosephCamilleri - LibraryThing

Perez-Reverte is well known as a writer of swashbuckling adventures and crime stories, but his novels are rarely mere plot-driven yarns. "The Siege" or, in its Italian translation "Il Giocatore ... Read full review

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User Review  - randalrh - LibraryThing

Perez-Reverte compresses his half-a-dozen pro- and antagonists into a little spit of land for a short time until none of them can make a move without affecting the others. It's hard to know whom to cheer for, or whom to cry for, but I suppose that's the mark of a good novel. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Novelist and former journalist Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez was born in Cartagena, Spain on November 25, 1951. He started his journalistic career writing for the Spanish newspaper Pueblo and later for Television Espanola - the Spanish state owned television, in the role of war correspondant. He worked as a war correspondent from 1973 to1994 before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, El húsar, which was set in the Napoleonic Wars, was published in 1986, and he is well-known internationally for his popular Captain Alatriste fiction series, which takes place in 17th-century Europe. Pérez-Reverte has been elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.

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