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Returning as Shadows

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In 1991, Paco Taibo II wrote "The Shadow of a Shadow," a book about four men who meet to play dominos in a hotel bar in Mexico City. The time is 1922, and the men are a motley group--a poet who makes a living writing advertisements for patent medicine, a radical Chinese-Mexican union organizer, a lawyer who represents prostitutes, and a newspaper crime reporter who churns out pages of copy "like links of sausage in a "chorizo" factory." As the story builds, the crime novel becomes a tale of international intrigue.
"Returning as Shadows" revisits these men nearly twenty years later. Much has changed, in the world and for the four friends. War rages in Europe while the world waits for the in Europe while the world waits for the inevitable entry of the United States. German agents throng Mexico City, working to bring America's southern neighbor into the Axis.
And the four men? They've gone four different ways. "Returning as Shadows" goes back and forth between these men's lives, slowly drawing the threads back together. Surprises keep popping up. For example, Ernest Hemingway, having overindulged at his Cuban hacienda, is suddenly transported into a poker game with one of the characters.
The men are indeed shadows, their experiences dreamlike but bursting with meaning. Read, and see why "Le Monde" calls Taibo "one of the best narrative clowns of our time."
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About the Author

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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