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    DescriptionIsmail, the profesor, is a retired teacher in a small Colombian town where he passes the days pretending to pick oranges while spying on his neighbor Geraldina as she lies naked in the shade of a ceiba tree on a red floral quilt. The garden burns with sunlight; the macaws laugh sweetly. Otilia, Ismail's wife, is ashamed of his peeping and suggests that he pay a visit to Father Albornoz. Instead, Ismail wanders the town visiting old friends, plagued by a tangle of secret memories: Where have I existed these years? I answer myself: up on the wall, peering over. When the armies slowly arrive, the profesor's reveries are gradually taken over by a living hell. His wife disappears and he must find her. We learn that not only gentle, grassy hillsides surround San Jose but landmines and coca fields. The reader is soon engulfed by the violence of Rosero's narrative that is touched not only with a deep sadness, but an extraordinary tenderness.

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    The Armies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Evelio Rosero, Translated by Anne McLean
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 199
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    ISBN 13: 9780811218641
    ISBN 10: 0811218643

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    DC21: 863.64
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 38
    DC22: 863/.64
    B&T Approval Code: A24245450, P24102801
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 92
    BISAC V2.8: FIC032000, FIC002000
    LC classification: PQ8180.28.O7 E5413 2009
    New Directions Publishing Corporation
    Imprint name
    New Directions Publishing Corporation
    Publication date
    10 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    The Armies is written in a compressed, lean style, which addresses the difficulty of the material with uncompromising clarity. It is a fragile tone, but Anne McLean's translation does full justice to it.