Tango for a Torturer

Akashic Books

A former revolutionary plots revenge, in this “superior crime novel” from an Edgar Award–winning author “as adept at comedy as he is at tragedy” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 
Aldo Bianchi, a former Argentine revolutionary now living in Italy, travels to Havana, Cuba. There, he meets the beautiful Bini, a sultry student with great charm and panache working the hotels—and discovers that his nemesis, the Uruguayan military torturer Alberto Ríos, is living in the country as well, under a false identity.
 
Putting his tropical holiday on hold, Bianchi goes on the hunt for his sadistic enemy, in this “unusual political thriller . . . By turns bawdy, funny, dark, cheerful, learned, and madcap, populated with memorable characters” from a winner of both an Edgar and a Dashiell Hammett Award (Booklist).
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Raúl Sendic fue un Quijote de nuestro tiempo, habiendo contribuido
decididamente a que se preste atención y se mejore la vida de miles de
hombres, mujeres y niños de nuestra campaña más desvalida.

El Bebe Sendic fue un hombre insólito, de azarosa trayectoria y final
trágico y heroico.

Su gesta significó un punto de inflexión para el norte pobre del Uruguay
de la segunda mitad del siglo xx. Se constituyó en el procurador que
dedicó su erudición, inteligencia y perspicacia a defender hasta las
últimas consecuencias a los trabajadores rurales, explotados por
empresarios y terratenientes que violaban sin escrúpulos cualquier
rudimento de derecho laboral, dando a sus peones y jornaleros un trato
torpe y brutal.

Es esa tarea de generosa nobleza la que asemeja a este oriundo de
Chamangá, Flores, a otro veterano de las proezas humanas, líder de otros
pobres del pasado oriental: José Artigas. En su novela biográfica,
Daniel Chavarría enfatiza esa imitación del prócer que tanto se propuso
y consiguió su protagonista, aunque también el narrador insiste en que
Sendic mucho tuvo también del idealista caballero cervantino en ese afán
implacable por vengar agravios y ayudar a menesterosos.

Fundador de la Unión de Trabajadores Azucareros de Artigas e incansable
activista en sindicatos diversos, pasó a ser pieza clave del Movimiento
de Liberación Nacional, Tupamaros. Por su lucha junto a los cañeros, sus
queridos ?peludos?, y luego por sus acciones guerrilleras, debió
convertirse en uno de los fugitivos más buscados y perseguidos por la
policía y las fuerzas armadas de épocas dictatoriales, a las que casi
siempre logró burlar con estrategias por cierto novelescas y
arriesgadas.

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Publisher
Akashic Books
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Published on
May 1, 2007
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Pages
390
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ISBN
9781617750953
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Fiction / Thrillers / Political
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