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Lisa St Aubin de Teran's Swallowing Stones is a fictionalized account of the extraordinary life of one Oswaldo Barreto Miliani, code-named Otto -- adviser to Castro, confidant of Salvador Allende, and sharp thorn in the sides of both the CIA and the KGB. In the riveting and remarkable invented memoirs of the legendary seventy-year-old revolutionary scholar, the explosive history of twentieth-century Latin America unfolds before us -- viewed through the sharp, unflinching eyes of a uniquely indomitable character as he progresses, through consequence and fateful accident, from philosophy student to guerrilla fighter, political activist, and outlaw.
“A delightful ramble through five decades of international political intrigue.... The narrative entices and fascinates with its breadth and scope.”
“Boldly conceived and beautifully written.”
“[A] delightful, picaresque tale.”
“[A] beautifully written, utterly convincing novel.”
“[An] extraordinary novel.... Dazzling.”
“There is a lightness and vividness to the narrative which speeds the reader from episode to episode.”
-Times Literary Supplement (London)