'Over the weekend the vultures got into the presidential palace by pecking through the screens on the balcony windows and the flapping of their wings stirred up the stagnant time inside.'
As the citizens of an unnamed Caribbean nation creep through the dusty corridors of the presidential palace in search of their tyrannical leader, they cannot comprehend that the frail and withered man laying dead on the floor can be the self-styled General of the Universe. Their egocentric, maniacally violent leader, known for serving up traitors to dinner guests and drowning young children at sea, can surely not die the humiliating death of a mere mortal?
Tracing the demands of a man whose egocentric excesses mask the loneliness of isolation and whose lies have become so ingrained that they are indistinguishable from truth, Marquez has created a fantastical portrait of despotism that rings with an air of reality.
It asks to be read more than twice, and the rewards are dazzling Observer Delights with its quirky humanity and black humour and impresses by its total originality Vogue Captures perfectly the moral squalor and political paralysis that enshrouds a society awaiting the death of a long-term dictator Guardian
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: March 2008
Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.166