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The Man of My Life by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
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Apr 20, 2010

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bookshelves: barcelona, books-about-books, fiction, mystery, philosophy, politics, travel, the-mystery-of-food
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On the one hand I find these Montalban books unlike any mystery novel I have ever read and on the other so much like mysteries generally. Pepe Carvalho is a unique character who has a twisted political career, a deep love of food and an anarchic stance towards his role as a detective. He has the usual hangers on...the bright but slow witted police detective, the loving but not quite perfect woman, the odd assistant...this novel is set on the eve of the milleniumn and is filled with fascinating reflections on sects and stateless nations...the combination of releigion and economics...a tour of end of times literature as well as a strong meditation on the nature of love, youth and age...

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