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Southern Seas

Southern Seas

Author(s): Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

Location(s): Barcelona

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Late 20th Century



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The body of Stuart Pedrell, a powerful businessman, is found in a Barcelona suburb. He had disappeared on his way to Polynesia in search of the visionary spirit of Paul Gauguin. Who better to find the killer of a dead dreamer than Pepe Carvalho, overweight bon viveur and ex-communist? The trail for Pedrell?s killer unearths a world of disillusioned lefties, graphic sex and nouvelle cuisine – major ingredients of post-Franco Spain. A tautly-written mystery with an unforgettable – and highly unusual – protagonist.

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This is another gem in the Carvalho series – a great, satirical detective story of post Franco Barcelona. Enjoy! – Lergei Lubov –

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