Synopses & Reviews
While the economy of his small South American country collapses, President Veracruz joins his improbable populace of ex-soldiers, former guerillas, unfrocked priests and reformed - though by no means inactive - whores, in a bizarre search for sexual fulfillment.
But for Cardinal Guzman, a man tormented by his own private demons, their stupendous, hedonistic fiestas represent the epicenter of all heresies. Heresies that must be challenged with a horrifying new inquisition destined to climax in a spectacular confrontation…
The second part of a trilogy, following The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Fiction.
The third part of a trilogy, following "The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts", which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Fiction. The author expands his panorama of South American life with a story full of quizzical events, where farce and tragedy interbreed.
Minerva reissue with new jacket.
About the Author
Louis de Bernieres, who lives in Norfolk, was selected as one of the twenty best Young Novelists in 1993. His first novel, The War of Don Emmanuels Nether Parts, won a Commonwealth Writers Prize and was followed shortly by two sequels, Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. His fourth novel, Captain Corellis Mandolin, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best Book in 1995 and is now an international bestseller, having sold over 1.5 million copies.