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The Wind Traveler: A Novel
by Alonso Cueto
translated by Frank Wynne and Jessie Mendez Sayer
University of Texas Press, 2020
Paper: 978-1-4773-1774-7 | eISBN: 978-1-4773-1775-4
Library of Congress Classification PQ8498.13.U34V5313 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 863.64


The Wind Traveler showcases the mesmerizing storytelling of Alonso Cueto at the top of his career. At the heart of his latest work is a seemingly ordinary man named Ángel, who sells kitchenware at a store in Lima. In the early 1990s, he had served as an army soldier, engaging in brutal acts whose aftermath still reverberates. He is forced to reckon with his past when a woman he was instructed to kill enters the store and buys a few items. How can she still be alive? What's more, how can she not recognize Ángel? Remarkably, she asks him to deliver her purchases to her house. From this moment, Ángel feels compelled to make amends through any means necessary, even if it requires sacrificing his life of quiet retirement.

A stirring tribute to the wounded souls who yearn to make peace with the past, The Wind Traveler offers a new vision of the fragile human connections that sustain a deeply fractured world.

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