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The Name of a Bullfighter

by Luis Sepulveda

Two men unknown to each other are both constrained to pursue a medieval treasure stolen and hidden by the Nazis and then stolen from them in turn. Written with a cold economical beauty, Sepulveda's love of Chile - both the beautiful and the ugly - suffuses every page. As a reader I felt homesick for a place I've never visited.

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The city was still sad, although it was summer, although not a single cloud intervened between humankind and the heavens, although not a single black bird was circling overhead.
Translated by Suzanne Ruta

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