Roguish Cayetano Brulé meets the Nobel Prize–winning poet Pablo Neruda at a party in Chile in the 1970s, in this mystery novel by internationally bestselling novelist—and Chilean ambassador to Mexico—Roberto Ampuero. The dying Neruda recruits Cayetano to help him solve the last great mystery of his life, sending him on a whirlwind expedition around the world that will end back in Chile, where Pinochet's coup plays out against the final revelations of their journey.
"The twists and turns of the quest through Mexico City, Havana, East Berlin, and La Paz deftly weave the personal and the political in a doleful exploration of the ways in which romantic and revolutionary ideals inevitably founder. Neruda himself ... is unforgettably conjured."—The New Yorker