Book review: The Blue Hour, By Alonso Cueto


Emma Hagestadt
Friday 28 June 2013 18:01 BST

Adrian Ormache is a high-flying Peruvian lawyer in one of Lima's wealthiest neighbourhoods. His life is rudely interrupted by shocking revelations about his military father, a man with a dubious track record during the country's civil war years.

Destabilised by this new world view, Ormache plunges into Lima's demi-monde seeking to come to terms with his family's dark history. Cueto, like other Peruvian writers of his generation, captures ten years of unrest and terrorism with tempered maturity.

Frank Wynne's translation does justice to the author's urbane prose.

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