|About the Book|
Adriana and Montenegro is a novel not just of a dictator, Montenegro, but of a people, of a family and of a woman, Adriana, who is torn between admiration for her old lover and rejection of the atrocities committed by him. Montenegro is a powerfulMoreAdriana and Montenegro is a novel not just of a dictator, Montenegro, but of a people, of a family and of a woman, Adriana, who is torn between admiration for her old lover and rejection of the atrocities committed by him. Montenegro is a powerful and multi-faceted figure, ruthless, cold-blooded, and with some unsavory sexual proclivities, but he is a man for whom the reader comes to have a certain grudging admiration and even respect. His comments and reflections on U.S. policies and interventions, moreover, resonate eerily in the post 9/11 era. Adriana and the many other women of the novel come from different spheres and social stations, but they all develop full and distinctive personalities and characters as they play out their roles against the colorful backdrop of a developing Latin American country.There are three narrative voices that weave through the novel, lapping back and forth in time, but working ultimately in an overall chronological direction and binding the approximately forty to fifty years of the action into a complex and coherent whole. The first voice is the traditional and essentially impersonal third-person- the second is the voice of Adriana in her internal musings- and the third is the dialogue between Montenegro and Carrero, the young officer on the eve of staging a coup in his own country who has come to the master for advice on how to run a dictatorship.The narration is fluid, symmetrical, enchanting, and of interest for its rhythmical narrative, ably handled by the author, who alternately slows and then releases the central story, accompanied always by episodes worthy of the very best Latin American novel, episodes that contribute to making Adriana and Montenegro a first-class novel.Translated by Karen O. Austin from the Spanish novel La Historia de Adriana y Los Diálogos de Montenegro.