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By Juan De Recacoechea

ISBN-10: 1933354208

ISBN-13: 9781933354200

“American Visa is superbly written, atmospheric, and classy within the demeanour of Chandler . . . a wise, unique crime fiction offering.”—George Pelecanos, writer of The evening Gardener "American Visa is a beautiful literary fulfillment. it truly is insightful and poignant, a ebook each considerate American should still learn, and as soon as learn, learn again."—William Heffernan, Edgar Award-winning writer of The Corsican "In his look for an American visa, the highschool instructor during this novel embodies the desires and aspirations of many would-be immigrants south of the border. it is a mystery with a social judgment of right and wrong, a latest noir with plenty of humor and aptitude. The streets of los angeles Paz have by no means regarded so alive. this is often the best Latin American novels of the final fifteen years." —Edmundo Paz-Soldan, writer of Turing's Delirium "Mario Alvarez is super, an everyman eager to break out Bolivia's melancholy who cannot elude his personal methods of self-sabotage. At a time while the controversy round U.S. immigration reduces many folks around the globe to caricatures, this singular and provocative portrait of the problem will hook up with readers of all political stripes." —Arthur Nersesian, writer of Suicide Casanova Armed with faux papers, a handful of gold nuggets, and a snazzy customized go well with, an unemployed schoolteacher with a unique ardour for detective fiction units out from small-town Bolivia on a determined quest for an American visa, his most sensible desire for escaping his painful earlier and reuniting together with his grown son in Miami. Mario Alvarez's dream of emigration takes a tragicomic twist at the tough streets of l. a. Paz, Bolivia's seat of presidency. Alvarez embarks on a chain of Kafkaesque adventures, crossing paths with a colourful forged of hustlers, social outcasts, and crooked politicians—and starting up a romance with a straight-shooting prostitute named Blanca. Spurred on via his detective fantasies and his personal tribulations, he hatches a plan to rob a filthy rich gold broker, a choice that attracts him right into a net of high-society corruption but in addition brings him nearer than ever to acquiring his price tag to paradise. Juan de Recacoechea was once born in l. a. Paz, Bolivia, and labored as a journalist in Europe for nearly two decades. After returning to his local kingdom, he helped chanced on Bolivia's first state-run tv community, served as its basic supervisor, and devoted himself to fiction writing. Recacoechea is the writer of 7 novels. American Visa is his first novel to be translated into English.

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All of the seats were filled and a number of people were standing. I obtained a number from a ticket machine: thirty-eight. I found a space to stand at the back of the waiting room near the windows through which the warm morning sun penetrated. The visitors exchanged notes quietly, as if in a convent. The murmurs were an unmistakable sign that they were wetting their pants out of fear, and with reason. The three interviewers, two men and one woman, protected behind a wide desk, announced the numbers.

Excuse me, señora, but I couldn’t hear,” I said. ” She replied in a hoarse, mannish voice, “It’s necessary. A lot of people forge them. Imagine all the people who want to leave the country and how easy it is to falsify documents. Everything and everybody is corrupt these days. Years of political chaos have led to our ruin, to a moral catastrophe. ” “Of course,” I hastened to answer. ” “Yes. ” “The first time is somewhat difficult. ” “I would never do that,” I said. “I’m old. ” She looked at me as if I’d uttered an insult.

Don Antonio, sprawled on a wicker chair, was nodding off as he basked in the sun. His chin rose and fell rhythmically over his jacket collar. Two other sunbathers had joined him: a large, baby-faced man and a girl trapped inside a guy’s body. Set against his tacky surroundings, wearing a cabaret-style red robe with tassels at the fringes, the latter was a glowing apparition: scrupulously tended pale-white skin, dark-greenish makeup, and a crown of flashy bleached-blond hair. He greeted me with a tender smile.

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