Friday, February 9, 2018
Book Review: Dark Echoes of the Past by Ramón Díaz Eterovic
Title: Dark Echoes of the Pas
Author: Ramón Díaz Eterovic
Stars: 3 1\2 stars
This is the first book I have read by Ramón Díaz Eterovic.
It is always tricky to read a book that has been translated into English from another language because some words and means will not always be the same.
This book is one that feels as if it was lost in translation though out the book.
The history was fascinating and I can't wait to learn more about this time in Chile. The story has moments that will grab readers and other times they will feel lost in the story.
Thank you to Netgalley for the copy of Dark Echoes of the Past
Private investigator Heredia spends his days reading detective novels; commiserating with his cat, Simenon; and peering out over the Mapocho River from his Santiago apartment. The city he loves may be changing, but Heredia can’t stop chasing the ghosts of the past. This time, they’ve come to him…
Virginia Reyes’s brother, an ex–political prisoner of dictator Augusto Pinochet, was killed in an apparent robbery. Yet nothing of value was taken. The police have declared the case closed, but Virginia suspects that things aren’t quite as they appear and turns to Heredia for help. Heredia couldn’t agree more—but he can’t shake the feeling that there’s something Virginia’s not telling him.
Heredia knows this is not a simple crime. His investigation proves it. Drawn back into a world where murderers nest, secrets are to kill and die for, and Pinochet’s legacy still casts a long, dark, and very threatening shadow, it’s all Heredia can do to crawl out of it alive.
About The Author:
Ramón Díaz Eterovic is one of the best-known writers of crime stories in Chile, where the adventures of his private investigator Heredia are enormously popular. They’ve been adapted into the graphic-novel series Heredia Detective and a TV series, Heredia y Asociados. In 2009, Díaz Eterovic became the subject of the documentary El rostro oculto en las palabras (The Face Hidden in the Words).
Díaz Eterovic is also the author of The Fires of the Past and The Music of Solitude and has published forty novels, short-story and poetry collections, graphic novels, and children’s books. He has received Gijón’s Salón Iberoamericano del libro Las Dos Orillas prize, the Chilean National Cultural Board Prize, the Santiago Municipal Book Prize, the Francisco Coloane National Narrative Prize, and the Altazor Arts Prize. His work has also been published in numerous countries, including Chile, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Argentina, Mexico, France, Holland, Germany, and the United States.
Díaz Eterovic lives in Santiago, Chile, with his wife, Sonia, and their three children.
A translator and scholar, Patrick Blaine (1976) was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Western Pennsylvania. He spent one year in San Sebastián, Spain and three in Santiago, Chile before beginning PhD studies in comparative literature at the University of Washington, specializing in the Southern Cone. He has written and translated literary and film criticism (LOM, Duke, LAP), and is a member of ALTA (American Literary Translators Association). He makes his home in Eugene, Oregon, where he lives with his wife Mónica and son Sebastián. Patrick Blaine currently works as the Dean of Languages, Literature, and Communication at Lane Community College.
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