The Blue Hour

Author(s): Alonso Cueto

Literary Fiction

Adrian Ormache, a high-flying lawyer with a beautiful wife and two daughters, leads a privileged and glamorous life in one of Lima's wealthiest neighbourhoods. But when his mother dies, he discovers a letter amongst her possessions making shocking claims about her now long-dead husband, Adrian's father - a commander in the army during the Peruvian Civil War of the 1980s. As well as being linked to atrocities committed against the 'Shining Path' guerrillas, it appears that he also kidnapped and kept a local girl, whose family now seeks retribution. Shocked out of his comfortable existence, Adrian becomes obsessed with finding the girl at the heart of the mystery, and sets out to face the harrowing realities of Peru's recent past, and uncover the truth about his father.


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A stunning, prizewinning novel exploring the aftermath of the Peruvian Civil War, by one of the greatest living South American writers.

"The Blue Hour is a magnificent novel that describes ten years of civil war and terrorism with lucidity and resonant fantasy." Mario Vargas Llosa "One of the major novelists of his generation." Diario de Tarragona "Alonso Cueto's fine, prize-winning debut novel stands in that tradition...the conflation of Adrian's personal trauma with his nation's dark history is beautifully, delicately done." Financial Times "Peruvian writer Alonso Cueto is one of the novelists spearheading his country's literary renaissance, drawing on the aftermath of Peru's devastating civil war to do so." Metro "As absorbing for its sketches of Lima as for its story, this is a primer for both a nascent Latin American genre and a place dealing with near-history's horrors." Monocle

Born in Lima, Peru, in 1954, Alonso Cueto spent his childhood in Paris and Washington, returning to Lima at the age of seven. He studied literature at the Universidad Catolica del Peru and later at the University of Texas, Austin. In 1985 he married Kristin Keenan Atwood, with whom he has two children. He lives in Lima.

General Fields

  • : 9780099533092
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Windmill Books
  • : 0.368
  • : June 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alonso Cueto
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 320