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Revolución, de Arturo Pérez Reverte, Alfaguara, 2022
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A man, three women and a revolution

'Revolución', the latest novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, delves into the dramatic events of the Mexican revolution

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This is the story of a man, three women, a revolution and a treasure. The revolution was that of Mexico in the time of Emiliano Zapata and Francisco Villa. The treasure was fifteen thousand twenty peso gold coins of the so-called maximilianos, stolen from a bank in Ciudad Juarez on May 8, 1911. The man's name was Martín Garret Ortiz and he was a young Spanish mining engineer. It all began for him that very day, when from his hotel he heard the first distant gunshot. He went out to the street to see what was happening and from that moment on his life changed forever...

The new novel by Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte, 'Revolución' is much more than a novel about the dramatic events that shook the Mexican republic in the first third of the 20th century. It is a tale of initiation and maturity through chaos, lucidity and violence: the astonishing discovery of the hidden rules that determine love, loyalty, death and life.

"The subtitle reads "a novel", but what Pérez Reverte has written in Revolución is an adventure film set in revolutionary Mexico from 1910 to 1914, with its waste of gunpowder, bullets, roughness and violent characters," writes critic Domingo Rodenas de Moya in the newspaper El País.

"There is no one as daring or as creative as the Mexicans with language," explained the author in an interview with RTVE to explain the enjoyment of having written about Mexico, despite the fact that violence is a constant in the country's culture. "Although violence also coexists wonderfully with tenderness and love and friendship," he added.

Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Cartagena, Spain, 1951) is one of the most outstanding authors of current literature in Spanish. He grew up among libraries and stories of shipwrecks told to him at his grandparents' home in Cartagena, on the shores of the Mediterranean. 

He was a war reporter for twenty-one years, from 1973 to 1994. A member of the Royal Spanish Academy, journalist and writer, his first published novel was El húsar (1986), which was followed by more than twenty-four books, many of them translated into English, like The club Dumas (1993) and his mythical series Captain Alatriste,  featuring a Spanish soldier who lives as a swordsman-for-hire in 17th century Madrid.

Since 1991, Pérez-Reverte has written his weekly column Patente de corso, which is published in more than twenty-five newspapers throughout Spain. His books have conquered twenty million readers worldwide, have been translated into more than forty languages and aroused the interest of film and television on several occasions, the most important of which is Alatriste, a film directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes and starring Viggo Mortensen. In November 2017, Oro was released, a film also directed by Díaz Yanes and based on an unpublished text by Pérez-Reverte. Since April 2016, he has been editor and co-founder of the book and author website Zenda. 

 

 

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