Rattlesnake

Trade Paper – $18.95

ISBN 978-1-931896-01-6
Publication Date
November 2003
Categories
Page Count
228 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5
ISBN
1-931896-01-1

Rattlesnake

Arturo Arias

In this stunning spy novel from Arturo Arias, Tom Wright, a CIA agent, is sent to Guatemala to rescue an Australian banker who has been abducted by a guerrilla organization known as EGP. There he reconnects with Sandra Herrera, a former lover who has since married into one of Guatemala's most powerful families. His involvement with her exposes him to internal turmoil and a host of dangers, as he realizes she may know more than she lets on. Arias captures complex political and personal relationships in a story replete with surprising plots and counterplots, and with people whose identities and affiliations we can never completely trust. Rattlesnake makes you explode with laughter with a bull's-eye kind of cultural humor not often seen in the U.S., and, at other times, will leave you gasping in horror. 
About the Author

 

Arturo Arias is director of Latin American studies at the University of Redlands. Co-writer for the screenplay for the film El Norte (1984), his most recent novel in English is titled After the Bombs (Curbstone Press, 1990). Author of six novels in Spanish— Despues de las bombas (1979), Itzam Na (1981), Jaguar en Llamas (1989), Los Caminos de Paxil (1991) Cascabel (1998), and Sopa de Caracol (2002)— he is also widely known for his literary criticism.  Show More

Translator Seán Higgins was born in New York in 1961 and has traveled extensively in Latin America. He has translated many works of Latin American literature for magazines and anthologies in the U.S. Currently he is a bilingual resource teacher at Grant Elementary School in the San Jose Unified School District.

Translator Jill Robbins is an associate professor of contemporary Spanish literature and culture at the University of California-Irvine.

Reviews

"Arturo Arias is one of the most interesting young writers in Latin America... In his articles and his novels, he continues to give voice to the torments of Guatemala, in the tradition of Miguel Angel Asurias, but without repeating anything." 

—Eduardo Galeano 

"Arias is a master at capturing complex political and personal situations." 

LASA Forum 

"Arias effectively combines an enticing, erotically charged atmosphere with plenty of straight-ahead adventure."

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