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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,062 ratings  ·  127 reviews
A chilling political thriller set at the end of Peru's grim war between Shining Path terrorists and a morally bankrupt government counterinsurgency.

Associate District Prosecutor Felix Chacaltana Saldivar is a by-the-book prosecutor wading through life. Two of his greatest pleasures are writing mundane reports and speaking to his long-dead mother. Everything changes, howeve
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jun 09, 2011 Jason rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who liked Balada Triste de la Trompeta
Shelves: novels
Santiago Roncagliolo has written a novel that is evidently aimed at the popular taste for a mixture of lurid violence, rapid-moving story and surprising twists. If you have seen Alex de la Iglesia's Christmas movie Balada Triste de la Trompeta, you get the idea that this stuff sells.

The intelligent parts of the book drop out of the characters' mouths like the scrolls in medieval paintings. This is story-telling for people who like to see things written in capitals with double underlining and exc
Esta novela es para leerla una vez como policial y otra como relato anclado en factores históricos, sociales y culturales del Perú en el año 2000. El relato se desarrolla a lo largo de abril de ese año en la localidad de Ayacucho, ubicada justo entre la Cuzco inca y la Lima española o blanca. El protagonista es un fiscal muy circunspecto que aprende a lidiar con las brasas todavía calientes del movimiento guerrillero Sendero Luminoso.

En "Abril Rojo", Santiago Rocangliolo despliega su capacidad p
Rowland Bismark
Red April takes place from March through early May, 2000, largely in the provincial Peruvian city of Ayacucho. Associate District Prosecutor Félix Chacaltana Saldívar was recently transferred here from Lima -- the reverse of everyone's ambition. He requested the transfer: after the dissolution of his marriage he wanted to come back to his hometown, and his mother. His mother has long been dead, but she really, really lives on in his memory; indeed, at home he behaves as if she were still alive a ...more

Santiago Roncagliolo's Red April: A Novel is a creepy yet engrossing mystery set in Peru in March-April 2000. It focuses on the fight against Sendero Luminoso in Ayacucho.

Félix Chacaltana Saldívar is a prosecutor put in charge of investigating a particularly grisly murder he thinks should be attributed to Sendero, and he starts to unravel a series of killings for which he ultimately starts to feel responsible, because all the people he talks to end up
Éste es un libro interesante. Podría ser fácilmente descrito como un thriller americano à la John Katzenbach pero aplicado en el contexto de un posible resurgimiento del movimiento Sendero Luminoso en Perú. Por un lado, se maneja enteramente dentro de las reglas de un género que se aleja poco de éstas. Éstas son las partes más debiles del libro, aquellas que siguen las convenciones del thriller americano: son las más artificiales y hasta cierto punto predecibles. La revelación del villano princi ...more
This book did not live up to its potential. The unusual protagonist, the historical backdrop, the thematic material, and the imagery should have come together to produce something much more compelling. Roncagliolo came up with a good story to tell, but does a poor job telling it. The writing is mostly shallow and boring. I can't blame it on Edith Grossman, who is one of the best translators working. Skip the book and hope someone adapts it into a movie.
Abandoned about two thirds of the way through.
I appreciated the portrait of a section of Peru I was getting.
I didn't care for the protagonist, an obtuse straight-laced inocente who keeps a room in homage to his dead mother. It's hard to spend so much time with someone so uninteresting.
And lastly, there just wasn't enough of a mystery-thread pulling me along...
Arrivata a pag 50 o giù di lì mi son chiesta che stavo facendo.
Risposta: sprecando tempo e neuroni.
Me lo hanno regalato, un'amica che si liberava di libri che non vuole più tenere. Per fortuna non mi é costato nulla.
Scandinavian crime fiction is the hot new wave, a new niche of bestsellers combining mystery, thrillers and, occasionally, social themes and history. Despite the buzz around fiction from Northern Europe, Red April , the first book by Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo to be translated into English, can stand its own in any comparison.

Red April is built around Peru's deadly internal warfare of the late 20th Century. Associate District Prosecutor Félix Chacaltana Saldívar has voluntarily transfe
Mark Staniforth
It sounds kind of unsexy: an officious, over-zealous prosecutor going about his business in provincial Peru. But Roncagliolo has written an oddly addictive book. It's sort of a thriller, as the prosecutor finds himself investigating a series of horrific murders which may or may not signify the re-emergence of the presumed dormant Peruvian terrorist group, the Shining Path. If the plot is at times a little too clunky and contrived to zip through on that basis alone, where this book wins is in its ...more
WOW what a book. This book should be a 4.5 star in my opinion. The author was suggested by a Goodreads friend and this book hooked me from the first page. The book itself won the Premio Alfaguara de Novela in 2006 and I can see why. This is a tense, political thriller set during Holy Week that Roncagliolo used his own country's recent war with the Shining Path guerrillas as material.

"Red April" begins with the gruesome find of a body burnt beyond recognition as reported by the Assistant Public
Marc Nash
I invested in this book on the strength of a review I read. I hope I can transmit the same fervour to you now having read it. Forget your "2666", this is as they say in the Old World, 'the dog's bollocks'.

It is set in the post civil conflict of Peru, with Sendero Luminoso's (a Year Zero Communist guerilla movement) leader Abimael Guzman jailed and the movement having faded away. Sendero's campaign was brutal, as was the government's counter-insurgency to meet it. Guzman himself and some of the i
Santiago Roncagliolo (Lima, 1975) se ha convertido en el primer escritor peruano en obtener el Premio Alfaguara con Abril rojo, un relato policial ambientado en las celebraciones de semana santa ayacuchana del año 2000. En ese contexto, el fiscal Félix Chacaltana tiene que descubrir la identidad de un misterioso asesino en serie, pero sus investigaciones lo llevan más bien a encontrar las huellas de la violencia política, la guerra que se desarrolló en esa región durante las décadas pasadas. Des ...more
Comenzó siendo un libro policiaco de lo más común, el personaje principal un hombre de baja autoestima que siempre está cuestionando de sus acciones (parece que Roncagliolo tiene una afición por tener protagonistas de este tipo), a mitad de la historia, el trama va tomando otras intrigas, el personaje de Chacaltana va tomando otras matices, para el final de la historia, sus impulsos te llevan a una revuelta de acciones que te mantienen al tanto de lo que ocurre, una solución y el acertijo del as ...more
Carey Combe
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Marianne V
Tough book to read, given the angst of the protagonist and the culture of undeclared civil war in Peru. Felix Chacaltana Saldivar es Fiscal Distrital Adjunto, trasladado de Lima a Ayacucho en 2000. En marzo aparece en Quinua un cadaver quemado, faltando una peirna. De ahi empiezan los asesinatos sangrientos en la Semana Santa. Cada muerto ha tenido alguna relacion con Chacaltana. En las palabras del autor, "Siempre quise escribir una novela sobre lo que ocurre cuando la muerte se convierte en la ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Santiago Roncagliolo's "Red April" is a hybrid: it is a novel about Peruvian people, their recent history, culture, and politics, but also a crime drama (a whodunit) about the search for an exceedingly brutal serial killer. The book has been highly praised by critics and won a prestigious award for the best Spanish language novel in 2006. Alas, I am ambivalent about Mr. Roncagliolo's work. While the political/social side of the book indeed is close to a masterpiece, the mystery aspect - although ...more
El Avestruz Liado
An agile to read book -it took me two sittings- in which criminal investigation (or lack thereof) gets confused with politics. It definitely belongs to the category of thrillers, so don't expect high literary detours. Yet, it is well written and certainly a peculiar product of its region and its highly political literature.
Eloy Eduardo
Un premio Alfaguara es cierta garantía de calidad, pero en este caso ABRIL ROJO fue la excepción. A duras penas creo que leí hasta la página 50 o algo así. Y ya me harté. Qué bodrio.
Una tremenda historia, de un Perú salvaje en los tiempos posteriores a Sendero Luminoso. Un fiscal adjunto timorato y burocrático se ve involucrado en una cadena de asesinatos brutales, inmersos en un pasado aun más brutal y canallesco, revelando una trama que colinda con la locura. Chacaltana pasa de ser un tinterillo arquetípico a un investigador afilado, mientras el horror lo llena a uno, lector desprevenido, de un espanto impresionante. Muy versátil el estilo de Roncangliolo, hay que ver más ...more
Из архивите - рецензия за в. "Гласове"

Марио Варгас Льоса (1936) и Алфредо Брайс Еченике (1939) са най-внушителните съвременни разказвачи на Перу, сред най-добрите в испаноезичната литература. Незнайно защо Варгас Льоса е доста познат в България, а Брайс Еченике – почти никак. Така или иначе, през 90-те първият се умори откъм автентичност и вдъхновение, малко по-късно вторият изненадващо бе уличен в плагиат. Колосите се олюляха, но зад гърба им изведнъж се провидя не просмукана със самосъжаления
Carlos Burga
Lo primero que me atrajo a esta obra fue la presentación de esta como una excelente introducción a la historia del Perú moderno para un lector no familiarizado con este hermoso país. El hecho que yo nací en Perú pero he vivido en Estados Unidos por los últimos diez años, hizo esta presentación extremadamente atractiva para mí y decidí leer la obra con la esperanza de reanudar mi vínculo nativo con el Perú.

En menos de veinte paginas, Roncagliolo es capaz de tejer una historia de tal calibre que s
It didn't take me very long to get into Red April. From the moment I was introduced to Felix Chacaltana, a public official in the small Peruvian town of Ayacucho, I was hooked. Felix is a prosecutor, but I'm still a little unclear what a prosecutor does in Peru. It's something to do with prosecuting crimes.

Which there are a lot of in the small Peruvian town of Ayacucho. Violent crimes. Not bullet-in-the-back-of-the-head type of crimes, like they used to do in the recent terrorist days. No, these
Steve Betz
Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo is a serial murder mystery set in the countryside of Peru. This book was recommended to me by a friend that grew up in South America and she said the book did a good job of nailing the entrenched corruption in the society – in the police, the government, the Church, everyone. A prosecutor Félix Chacaltana Saldívar is called on to rubber stamp the death of a man found in a barn. Felix, who is portrayed as a bit of an OCD-addled simpleton, sort of Forrest Gump wit ...more
Monica Carter
Santiago Roncagliolo's thriller (translated by THE Edith Grossman), Red April, is a savage and chilling political thriller that examines the violence that lies within even the seeming meekest of characters. Set mostly in the small town of Ayacucho, Peru, beginning in the month leading up to the Holy Week Celebration in April of 2000, Associate District Prosecutor Felix Salvidor Chalcatana, has recently returned to his hometown after more than twenty years working in Lima. New to local politics, ...more
Ethan C
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Ethan Campbell
Santiago Roncagliolo did a wonderful job with this book. The book takes place during holy week in Peru during the year 2000. At this time in Peruvian history, terrorists roamed the streets, wanting a change in leadership to the communist party of Peru. Soldiers walk the city streets trying to keep order amongst the citizens and calm the numerous uprisings. A prosecutor named Felix Chacaltana Saldivar comes across a suspicious murder that he attempts to get to the
Si bien al principio no me enganché con la historia y dejé el libro en espera por varias semanas, me ha terminado por gustar bastante. Y bueno, soy peruana y por eso mismo sé sobre la época de Sendero Luminoso tal como cualquier peruano lo hace, sin embargo, cuando uno no ha vivido esa época - aunque te lo cuenten mil veces- nunca puede terminar de entender lo duros que fueron esos años.

Lo que me ha gustado más del libro es esa conexión que te crea con la historia de Sendero, con las experienci
Increíble, los últimos capítulos me los acabé tan rápido que todavía no puedo creer que ya no hay más páginas.

Compré este libro casi por impulso porque no estaba leyendo nada en español y latinoamericano en el momento, y la verdad es que ni sabía que era ficción histórica. De acuerdo con la contraportada Roncagliolo es el ganador más joven del premio Alfaguara gracias a esta novela (aunque por lo general nunca tomo muy en cuenta premios sino la trama) y definitivamente se nota que trabajó mucho
Le Cirque Du Livre -Kya
Sinceramente, no es un tipo de lectura que me agrade mucho =/
El libro trata sobre Perú y el senderismo que se vivió ahí. La trama gira al rededor del fiscal Chalcatana y una serie de asesinatos que el tiene que investigar, los cuales, podrían estar indicando que los senderistas podrían estar de nuevo al acecho.

La trama en un inicio es interesante, lo malo, al tratarse de un tema de política llega a volverse tedioso =/
El personaje principal, Felix Chacaltana es solo el medio para contar todo, tod
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Santiago Roncagliolo (Lima, 1975) ha vivido en México, Perú y España. Su libro Abril rojo (Alfaguara, 2006) lo convirtió en el ganador más joven del Premio Alfaguara de Novela., y está en vías de traducción a más de diez idiomas. Su novela Pudor (Alfaguara, 2004) ha sido llevada al cine. Además, ha publicado El príncipe de los caimanes y los cuentos de Crecer es un oficio triste. También ha escrit ...more
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“El fiscal Chacaltana puso el punto final con una mueca de duda en los labios. Volvió a leerlo, borró una tilde y agregó una coma con tinta negra. Ahora sí. Era un buen informe. Seguía todos los procedimientos reglamentarios, elegía sus verbos con precisión y no caía en la chúcara adjetivación habitual de los textos legales. Evitaba las palabras con ñ-porque su Olivetti del 75 había perdido la ñ-pero conocía suficientes palabras para no necesitarla. Podía escribir "cónyuge" en lugar de "señor esposo", o "amanecer" en lugar de "mañana". Se repitió satisfecho que, en su corazón de hombre de leyes, había un poeta pugnando por salir.” 1 likes
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