Siege

ISBN-10: 6071104424
ISBN-13: 9786071104427
Edition: 2010
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Aguilar, Altea, Taurus, Alfaguara, S.A. de C.V
Publication date: 4/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.848

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.

Arturo PA(c)rez-Reverteas novels, including "The Queen of the South, Captain Alatriste," and "Purity of Blood," have been translated into twenty-nine languages and published in more than fifty countries. In 2003, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.

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