Farewell to the Revolution

Francisco Ángeles

NOVEL. PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, 2019. 364 PAGES

Emilio, a Peruvian immigrant living in Philadelphia is a professor at a prestigious university who has a passionate affair with Sophia, a young upper class student seduced by his compelling accounts of rebellion and revolution in Latin America. When she dumps him, Emilio is left with a marriage in tatters, doubts about his profession and a severe depression leavened only by a dependency on prescription drugs. A few years later, however, Sophia bursts back into his life: news from Mexico has it that she has been arrested in Chiapas with the Zapatista army led by Subcomandante Marcos. How did a rich university student end up on such a wild and violent adventure in Mexico? Can Emilio solve the mystery, rescue her from prison and so earn a final shot at happiness?

Beginning with a classic love affair between teacher and student, this story takes the dialectic and political implications of opposites attracting (North and South, Maturity and Youth, Thought and Action) to a logical extreme. The dizzyingly fast-paced narrative of Farewell to the Revolution, with its combination of a raw love affair and some of the classic structures of crime literature, will confirm Francisco Ángeles' standing as a leading writer of his generation.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

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