Abril rojo

Qu es lo que hace que la gente agarre un fusil y comience a matarse El fiscal F lix Chalcatana se ve envuelto en la investigaci n del primero de una serie de sanguinarios asesinatos En un Per amenazado por la guerrilla y los avances militares propios de una afianzada pol tica dictatorial, para el fiscal la l nea de investigaci n apunta hacia un solo camino Sendero Lu Qu es lo que hace que la gente agarre un fusil y comience a matarse El fiscal F lix Chalcatana se ve envuelto en la investigaci n del primero de una serie de sanguinarios asesinatos En un Per amenazado por la guerrilla y los avances militares propios de una afianzada pol tica dictatorial, para el fiscal la l nea de investigaci n apunta hacia un solo camino Sendero Luminoso Al ritmo de un intenso thriller, el fiscal va perdiendo la poca inocencia que le quedaba al percatarse de los horrores que puede cometer el ej rcito y la polic a de su pa s A lo largo de su investigaci n, F lix sostiene conversaciones con testigos y elementos clave que, tras haber hablado con l, mueren torturados y asesinados.
Abril rojo Qu es lo que hace que la gente agarre un fusil y comience a matarse El fiscal F lix Chalcatana se ve envuelto en la investigaci n del primero de una serie de sanguinarios asesinatos En un Per amenazad

  • Title: Abril rojo
  • Author: Santiago Roncagliolo
  • ISBN: 9789707704626
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Esta novela es para leerla una vez como policial y otra como relato anclado en factores históricos, sociales y culturales del Perú en el año 2000. El relato se desarrolla a lo largo de abril de ese año en la localidad de Ayacucho, ubicada justo entre la Cuzco inca y la Lima española o blanca. El protagonista es un fiscal muy circunspecto que aprende a lidiar con las brasas todavía calientes del movimiento guerrillero Sendero Luminoso.En "Abril Rojo", Santiago Rocangliolo despliega su capac [...]

    2. Santiago Roncagliolo has written a novel that is evidently aimed at the popular taste for a mixture of lurid violence, rapid-moving story and surprising twists. If you have seen Alex de la Iglesia's Christmas movie Balada Triste de la Trompeta, you get the idea that this stuff sells.The intelligent parts of the book drop out of the characters' mouths like the scrolls in medieval paintings. This is story-telling for people who like to see things written in capitals with double underlining and exc [...]

    3. Good but not great. This novel is well-written, with captivating passages and creative imagery. But this detective story lacked coherence, a fatal flaw for that genre.It speaks poorly of a novel when its last pages are devoted to the perpetrator explaining in detail what he did and whyif that's the case what do we need an investigator for? Better luck next time, Roncagliolo.

    4. This book did not live up to its potential. The unusual protagonist, the historical backdrop, the thematic material, and the imagery should have come together to produce something much more compelling. Roncagliolo came up with a good story to tell, but does a poor job telling it. The writing is mostly shallow and boring. I can't blame it on Edith Grossman, who is one of the best translators working. Skip the book and hope someone adapts it into a movie.

    5. WOW what a book. This book should be a 4.5 star in my opinion. The author was suggested by a friend and this book hooked me from the first page. The book itself won the Premio Alfaguara de Novela in 2006 and I can see why. This is a tense, political thriller set during Holy Week that Roncagliolo used his own country's recent war with the Shining Path guerrillas as material. "Red April" begins with the gruesome find of a body burnt beyond recognition as reported by the Assistant Public Prosecuto [...]

    6. Из архивите - рецензия за в. "Гласове"Марио Варгас Льоса (1936) и Алфредо Брайс Еченике (1939) са най-внушителните съвременни разказвачи на Перу, сред най-добрите в испаноезичната литература. Незнайно защо Варгас Льоса е доста познат в България, а Брайс Еченике – почти никак. Така [...]

    7. I invested in this book on the strength of a review I read. I hope I can transmit the same fervour to you now having read it. Forget your "2666", this is as they say in the Old World, 'the dog's bollocks'.It is set in the post civil conflict of Peru, with Sendero Luminoso's (a Year Zero Communist guerilla movement) leader Abimael Guzman jailed and the movement having faded away. Sendero's campaign was brutal, as was the government's counter-insurgency to meet it. Guzman himself and some of the i [...]

    8. Red April takes place from March through early May, 2000, largely in the provincial Peruvian city of Ayacucho. Associate District Prosecutor Félix Chacaltana Saldívar was recently transferred here from Lima -- the reverse of everyone's ambition. He requested the transfer: after the dissolution of his marriage he wanted to come back to his hometown, and his mother. His mother has long been dead, but she really, really lives on in his memory; indeed, at home he behaves as if she were still alive [...]

    9. From weeksnotice/2010/Santiago Roncagliolo's Red April: A Novel is a creepy yet engrossing mystery set in Peru in March-April 2000. It focuses on the fight against Sendero Luminoso in Ayacucho.Félix Chacaltana Saldívar is a prosecutor put in charge of investigating a particularly grisly murder he thinks should be attributed to Sendero, and he starts to unravel a series of killings for which he ultimately starts to feel responsible, because all the people he talks to end up dead. Chacaltana him [...]

    10. It sounds kind of unsexy: an officious, over-zealous prosecutor going about his business in provincial Peru. But Roncagliolo has written an oddly addictive book. It's sort of a thriller, as the prosecutor finds himself investigating a series of horrific murders which may or may not signify the re-emergence of the presumed dormant Peruvian terrorist group, the Shining Path. If the plot is at times a little too clunky and contrived to zip through on that basis alone, where this book wins is in its [...]

    11. A truly amazing book that is suspenseful to the end and that has several mysteries going on together for which the reader has to wait for closure. Who is writing the misspelled letters and the 'Senderista' notes? What happened in the 1980's that's related to Mar-May 2000? Who is the serial killer, why are the victims chosen, and why are they murdered in the manner they are? Despite the first murder in the beginning, things get even more difficult and mysterious during the elections and the Holy [...]

    12. Abandoned about two thirds of the way through.I appreciated the portrait of a section of Peru I was getting.I didn't care for the protagonist, an obtuse straight-laced inocente who keeps a room in homage to his dead mother. It's hard to spend so much time with someone so uninteresting.And lastly, there just wasn't enough of a mystery-thread pulling me along

    13. Iniziato.Arrivata a pag 50 o giù di lì mi son chiesta che stavo facendo.Risposta: sprecando tempo e neuroni.Me lo hanno regalato, un'amica che si liberava di libri che non vuole più tenere. Per fortuna non mi é costato nulla. Ciofeca.

    14. I liked the start of this but as it progressed I got increasingly annoyed by the main character. I get the point about what the author is saying about Peru, but it did not work for me.

    15. Scandinavian crime fiction is the hot new wave, a new niche of bestsellers combining mystery, thrillers and, occasionally, social themes and history. Despite the buzz around fiction from Northern Europe, Red April, the first book by Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo to be translated into English, can stand its own in any comparison.Red April is built around Peru's deadly internal warfare of the late 20th Century. Associate District Prosecutor Félix Chacaltana Saldívar has voluntarily transf [...]

    16. Associate District Prosecutor Felix Chacaltana Saldivar does everything by-the-book, he is organised and knowledgeable on the laws of the land but this tends to rub people the wrong way. When a body is found burnt beyond recognition, Chacaltana’s life is never going to be the same. The investigation into this unique murder leads the associate District Prosecutor to question the choices the government are making. Set during Holy Week in Peru, Red April is a chilling political thriller that expl [...]

    17. Éste es un libro interesante. Podría ser fácilmente descrito como un thriller americano à la John Katzenbach pero aplicado en el contexto de un posible resurgimiento del movimiento Sendero Luminoso en Perú. Por un lado, se maneja enteramente dentro de las reglas de un género que se aleja poco de éstas. Éstas son las partes más debiles del libro, aquellas que siguen las convenciones del thriller americano: son las más artificiales y hasta cierto punto predecibles. La revelación del vil [...]

    18. Santiago Roncagliolo (Lima, 1975) se ha convertido en el primer escritor peruano en obtener el Premio Alfaguara con Abril rojo, un relato policial ambientado en las celebraciones de semana santa ayacuchana del año 2000. En ese contexto, el fiscal Félix Chacaltana tiene que descubrir la identidad de un misterioso asesino en serie, pero sus investigaciones lo llevan más bien a encontrar las huellas de la violencia política, la guerra que se desarrolló en esa región durante las décadas pasad [...]

    19. What a chilling book. Prosecutor Felix Chacaltana Saldivar is a boring pedantic minor bureaucrat who has returned from Lima to the town of his birth. He files reports that are never read, he makes daily requisitions for the same items, he believes in the letter of the law. Twenty years ago, the rebels in Peru were overcome and terrorism doesn't exist any more. That, at least, is the official line. But when a particularly grisly murder is discovered, and the necessity to write a report lands on C [...]

    20. Red April is a not that much intense but very intriguing book. I wouldn't describe it as a political novel but more as a political thriller. It has nice characters, and behind a very interesting plot we can identify social and political background. I think that Roncagliolo has clear influences from the great writer of his country, I mean Llosa of course, not exactly for his writing but more of the topics he chooses to fill with his books. His prose is quite simple and not that complex as Llosa u [...]

    21. Este es un libro sobre un lugar atrapado en un ciclo de violencia. Un ciclo en el que todos, tarde o temprano entran, ya sea como víctima o victimario.El misterio (una serie de cuerpos encontrados con señales de tortura) lleva al protagonista, el fiscal adjunto distrital Félix Chacaltana Saldívar, a un viaje hacia un pasado de Perú que el gobierno militar no está dispuesto a desenterrar.El libro te pinta un Perú sumido en una mentira, una parte de Perú que se encuentra muy cercana a su p [...]

    22. This book introduced me to a dark chapter of Peruvian history - the political/terrorist group Sendero Luminoso which operated primarily in the province of Ayacucho in the 1980's. The story takes place in 2000, and the protagonist,Félix Chacaltana Saldívar is a prosecutor investigating a heinous murder which he connects to Sendero. What really stood out is the character of Saldívar, who is a highly unusual protagonist. He has virtually no EQ - he is incapable of reading people or body language [...]

    23. Comenzó siendo un libro policiaco de lo más común, el personaje principal un hombre de baja autoestima que siempre está cuestionando de sus acciones (parece que Roncagliolo tiene una afición por tener protagonistas de este tipo), a mitad de la historia, el trama va tomando otras intrigas, el personaje de Chacaltana va tomando otras matices, para el final de la historia, sus impulsos te llevan a una revuelta de acciones que te mantienen al tanto de lo que ocurre, una solución y el acertijo [...]

    24. At first, since Latin American and Hispanic literature is currently so bereft or real talent, the prospect of an intellectually stimulating police novel seemed stirring. However, as the pages unfold and the see-through whodunit plot sticks weakly together, it seems to not even match the flow of a James Ellroy novel or even Gillian Flynn's yarns. Alas, Roberto Bolaño he is not.It has a lot of gratuitous gore; not disturbing, actually; it reads like the screenplay of a cheap Hollywood zombie film [...]

    25. I so wanted to like this novel. What's not to like? On the surface a serial killer investigation started by a previously reticent, paper pushing State Proscutor called Felix Chacaltana, which is interweaved with several interesting themes including religion, politics and terrorism and set during the struggles between Peru's ruling junta and the Shining Path rebels. But I just found it very slow and strangely written. Often I felt it read like a satire with Felix being a sort of unbelievably inno [...]

    26. This moved from a 2 to a 4 throughout the book although the choice of Chacaltana an extremely strange, possibly autistic and totally inadequate investigater changes this from a run-of-the-mill crime novel into something much finer. However, I find the the book difficult to read at times as his total inability to manage his life, investigate the terrible crimes and his naivety at dealing with the political realities of the times, make it uncomfortable reading rather than humorous - albeit black h [...]

    27. He leído varios libros seguidos de este escritor, pero entiendo porque esta es su novela más aplaudida, quizás es la mejor realizada, con sus personajes, con sus misterios, con el final que se desarrolla en tus ojos pero no te vas dando cuenta, todo las razones de la semana santa, sobretodo el retrato crudo de américa latina, con sus peculiaridades y los informes de Chalcatana, capaces de llenar miles de páginas de información, sin decir nada al final. Este escritor me ha hecho seguir leye [...]

    28. Tough book to read, given the angst of the protagonist and the culture of undeclared civil war in Peru. Felix Chacaltana Saldivar es Fiscal Distrital Adjunto, trasladado de Lima a Ayacucho en 2000. En marzo aparece en Quinua un cadaver quemado, faltando una peirna. De ahi empiezan los asesinatos sangrientos en la Semana Santa. Cada muerto ha tenido alguna relacion con Chacaltana. En las palabras del autor, "Siempre quise escribir una novela sobre lo que ocurre cuando la muerte se convierte en la [...]

    29. An agile to read book -it took me two sittings- in which criminal investigation (or lack thereof) gets confused with politics. It definitely belongs to the category of thrillers, so don't expect high literary detours. Yet, it is well written and certainly a peculiar product of its region and its highly political literature.

    30. Red April is definitely the coolest book I've read out here during my study abroad in Barcelona. Roncagliolo takes the classic feel we get from the detective story, or from film noir and turns it into a political and ideological statement on the history of Peru. Extremely well done, from beginning to end - definitely would recommend.

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