London: Secker & Warburg [through 1992], 1990. First Edition. Hardcover. Three Fine and Signed first impressions. Complete in three tall octavo volumes, in the fabulous dust jackets illustrated by Irene von Treskow: viii,376; ,280; x,388pp. Don Emmanuel: Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in while, hunter green end papers, jacket priced £13.95. About Fine (bottom outer corners of first few leaves creased; page edges tanned, as always). Presented the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia Region), in 1991.Señor Vivo: Publisher's black cloth, spine stamped in gilt, robin's egg blue end papers, jacket priced £14.99. Fine. Cardinal Guzman: Publisher's black cloth, spine stamped in silver, maroon end papers, jacket priced £14.99. Fine. Fine / Fine. Item #BB1518
Louis de Bernières's Latin American trilogy "owes much to the magic realist tradition usually associated with such writers as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende. [In the Latin American trilogy,] de Bernières adopts a narrative style combining realistic detail with exuberant flights of fantasy involving supernatural events." (Literary Encyclopedia) Set in an imagined Latin American country, Don Emmanuel's political themes parody the worst excesses of the Pinochet government of Chile, the collapse of democratic social order in Uruguay, in the 1970s, the Colombian Armed Conflict between the military and communist guerrillas, and other dirty wars of the 1960s, 70s and '80s in Southern and Central America. In the sequel to the novel, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord, the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (thinly disguised under a pseudonym) is a central character. Cardinal Guzman lives extravagantly in the capital, and immorally, due to the discoveries of his having had a young son and his loathing of the poor shanty-dwellers who live below his palace. Despite the downfall of El Jerarca in Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord, the drug trade continues and the economy of the country spirals ever downward. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).