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Returning as Shadows

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Paco Ignacio Taibo II is a Mexican historian and writer, the author of numerous crime novels and historical works (two of which won the Planeta Prize for Literature), and the founder of Semana Negra, the annual international crime writers' congress in Spain. He lives in Mexico with his wife and daughter.


"Once again, Paco Ignacio Taibo II has rescued the genre novel from monochrome banality and made it brand new in lush, wild Technicolor." Returning as Shadows" is a wonderful achievement at every level and a great read."--Peter Blauner, author of "The Intruder and Slow Motion Riot"
""Returning as Shadows "is another brilliant work from Paco Taibo, the man who brought 'magic realism' to the mystery form. Taibo is one of the world's necessary authors, even more indispensable in this crazy new millennium than he was in the crazy old one."--Roger L. Simon, author of "Director's Cut"
"A bravado performance . . . I can't think of another novelist active today whose approach to history and fiction is more irreverent but also more dynamic."--Ilan Stavans
"Caution! This man with the drooping mustache, with the name so beautifully wrapped up, hides under his sombrero. A rabble-rouser, smuggler of the spirit, friend of anarchists and utopians, Paco Ignacio Taibo II is the new Zapata of Mexican literature. A people's writer, prolix, turbulent, baroque, who mixes Rabelais and Dumas in a Latin sauce."--"L'Express" (Paris) on the French translation of "Returning as Shadows "
"Noirish, funny, with touches of the mystical and macabre, this sequel to The Shadow of the Shadow (1991) stands on its own merits . . . In 1941-1942's Mexico, circumstances spur the efforts of Fermin, a government spy, and Manterola, a journalist, to uncover a bizarre Nazi conspiracy--one that implicates a government minister, is directed by German Nazis, and involves Mexicans of German descent. The minutiae of daily life define the main characters, bring them to life, and create a bond with the reader. Close attention to the novel's meticulous, intricate structure pays off in increased understanding of plot and characters and delight in the author's whimsical clues and cues. Although Taibo writes within Latin American traditions of political fiction and mystical realism, his ficti

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