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A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism

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ISBN13: 9780547473352
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Half Chilean, half Russian, 27-year-old American Gabriel Francisco de Boya has never felt like he belonged anywhere — until he moves to La Paz in 2005, just before the tumultuous election that resulted in Evo Morales becoming Bolivia's first indigenous president. Covertly working for a notoriously unscrupulous hedge fund, Gabriel poses as a journalist in order to ferret out insider political and financial information so that the fund can generate profit from the country's political upheaval. His work is made more complicated by a burgeoning love affair with Lenka, the new president's idealistic press liaison, as well as his mother's constant moral presence as a leftist political activist. In Bolivia, where Gabriel lives at the sharpest crossroads of privilege and poverty, his otherwise sensible motivations are tested by extraordinary circumstance.

In the tradition of Martin Amis, Joshua Ferris and Sam Lipsyte — only set against the stunning mountainous backdrop of La Paz and interspersed with Bolivia's sad history of stubborn survivalPeter Mountford examines the critical choices a young man makes as his world closes in on him.

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"Mountford's choppy debut features crudely drawn characters maneuvering against a backdrop of compelling fictionalized reportage. At the end of 2005, Gabriel de Boya, once an idealistic journalist, is living in Bolivia and working as a extravagantly compensated scout for a hedge fund, the Calloway Group, which is concerned about president-elect Evo Morales's plans for the country's oil and gas industries. Gabriel's attempts to exploit information about Morales's plans become complicated by a burgeoning romance with Morales's press secretary and by his divergence from his own earlier principles and his family's left-wing legacy. The Bolivian setting is colorful and engaging, as are the financial maneuverings, but the moral conflicts practically flash in neon, while minor characters are hobbled by convoluted or implausible backstories (Gabriel's mother, for example, before becoming a respected academic, fled Chile for the Soviet Union, and then defected to the United States; elsewhere, a Buddhist monk turned billionaire mining mogul resembles an 'over-the-top supervillain in a James Bond movie'). Most problematic, though, is Gabriel, whose fate of embodying so many conflicts and contradictions leaves him feeling more like a construct than a person. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"The Bolivian setting is colorful and engaging, as are the financial maneuverings." Publishers Weekly

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"[T]he novel holds the reader's interest to the end....[Mountford's] affectionate portrayal of Bolivia is probably the book's strongest point." Library Journal

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"This is a solid read that is both adventurous and thought-provoking on the themes of racial identity, South Americans, politics, and wealth." Booklist

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"A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism is a terrific debut novel — smart, moving, beautifully written. Peter Mountford's parable of the voracious global economy reminded me of Graham Greene's The Quiet American in its clear-eyed depiction of the realpolitik of our age. Jess Walters, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets

Synopsis:

On his first assignment for a rapacious hedge fund, Gabriel embarks to Bolivia at the end of 2005 to ferret out insider information about the plans of the controversial president-elect. If Gabriel succeeds, he will get a bonus that would make him secure for life. Standing in his way are his headstrong mother, herself a survivor of Pinochet’s Chile, and Gabriel’s new love interest, the president’s passionate press liaison. Caught in a growing web of lies and questioning his own role in profiting from an impoverished people, Gabriel sets in motion a terrifying plan that could cost him the love of all those he holds dear. In the tradition of Martin Amis, Joshua Ferris, and Sam Lipsyte — set against the stunning mountainous backdrop of La Paz and interspersed with Bolivia’s sad history of stubborn survival — Peter Mountford examines the critical choices a young man makes as his world closes in on him.

Synopsis:

Set in Bolivia at the time of the election of President Evo Morales, the novel tells the story of a young man's moral journey as he works for an unscrupulous hedge fund while pretending to be a freelance journalist.

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About the Author

An avid traveler and near-fluent Spanish speaker, Peter Mountford's first job was with a think tank in Ecuador, where he discovered the nonprofit secretly operated a hedge fund and was profiting from his research — inspiration for A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism. Mountford has lived in Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles, as well as Scotland, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, and Southern Mexico. His fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices 2008, Boston Review and Conjunctions.

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Julia Lynton, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Julia Lynton)
A year after reading it, and I still recommend it to everyone I know.
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Jose Corona, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by Jose Corona)
This is a funny, entertaining and thought provoking novel. Mountford manages to make complicated financial transactions easy to understand while also offering readers insightful observations about South American culture and life.
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JWalker, January 24, 2011 (view all comments by JWalker)
This novel is beautifully written, replete with large themes and small insights, and Mountford’s deftly worded explanations about the workings of a hedge fund in a small third-world country is a college course in itself. I found myself fascinated by Gabriel, the main character—he reads to me, for much of the book, like the hero I want to be: smart, crafty, appealing and attractive, and able to succeed at making, in his words, “a s***load of money.” And while the reader hopes—and expects—that he’ll regain his morals, Mountford has something else in mind. I love the surprise, the real grit of this story, and this introduction into the world of finance I would never find myself interested in otherwise.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547473352
Author:
Mountford, Peter
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.43 lb

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Product details 304 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547473352 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mountford's choppy debut features crudely drawn characters maneuvering against a backdrop of compelling fictionalized reportage. At the end of 2005, Gabriel de Boya, once an idealistic journalist, is living in Bolivia and working as a extravagantly compensated scout for a hedge fund, the Calloway Group, which is concerned about president-elect Evo Morales's plans for the country's oil and gas industries. Gabriel's attempts to exploit information about Morales's plans become complicated by a burgeoning romance with Morales's press secretary and by his divergence from his own earlier principles and his family's left-wing legacy. The Bolivian setting is colorful and engaging, as are the financial maneuverings, but the moral conflicts practically flash in neon, while minor characters are hobbled by convoluted or implausible backstories (Gabriel's mother, for example, before becoming a respected academic, fled Chile for the Soviet Union, and then defected to the United States; elsewhere, a Buddhist monk turned billionaire mining mogul resembles an 'over-the-top supervillain in a James Bond movie'). Most problematic, though, is Gabriel, whose fate of embodying so many conflicts and contradictions leaves him feeling more like a construct than a person. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "The Bolivian setting is colorful and engaging, as are the financial maneuverings."
"Review" by , "[T]he novel holds the reader's interest to the end....[Mountford's] affectionate portrayal of Bolivia is probably the book's strongest point."
"Review" by , "This is a solid read that is both adventurous and thought-provoking on the themes of racial identity, South Americans, politics, and wealth."
"Review" by , "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism is a terrific debut novel — smart, moving, beautifully written. Peter Mountford's parable of the voracious global economy reminded me of Graham Greene's The Quiet American in its clear-eyed depiction of the realpolitik of our age.
"Synopsis" by , On his first assignment for a rapacious hedge fund, Gabriel embarks to Bolivia at the end of 2005 to ferret out insider information about the plans of the controversial president-elect. If Gabriel succeeds, he will get a bonus that would make him secure for life. Standing in his way are his headstrong mother, herself a survivor of Pinochet’s Chile, and Gabriel’s new love interest, the president’s passionate press liaison. Caught in a growing web of lies and questioning his own role in profiting from an impoverished people, Gabriel sets in motion a terrifying plan that could cost him the love of all those he holds dear. In the tradition of Martin Amis, Joshua Ferris, and Sam Lipsyte — set against the stunning mountainous backdrop of La Paz and interspersed with Bolivia’s sad history of stubborn survival — Peter Mountford examines the critical choices a young man makes as his world closes in on him.
"Synopsis" by ,
Set in Bolivia at the time of the election of President Evo Morales, the novel tells the story of a young man's moral journey as he works for an unscrupulous hedge fund while pretending to be a freelance journalist.
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