Two Basque gunmen on the run after a bomb attack find refuge in a hotel whose owner, Carlos, used to belong to their movement. With the World Cup in progress, the Polish football team is staying in the hotel. A television crew is infiltrated by undercover agents.
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Carlos, the protagonist of Bernardo Atxaga's novel The Lone Man, thought he had left behind his old life as an activist in ETA, the Basque Independence Movement, when he went straight and bought a hotel in Barcelona. Then, as one last favor to the movement, he agrees to harbor two terrorists on the lam. This gesture plunges him back into a familiar yet perilous world of playing cat-and-mouse with terrorists and police. Set during the 1982 World Cup championship, The Lone Man follows Carlos's attempts to smuggle his charges out of the country as it simultaneously delves into his memories of past actions. Part crime story, part psychological thriller, The Lone Man maps out a landscape of fear and the paralyzing effects of unresolved guilt.From the Publisher:
Two gunmen on the run from the police after a bomb attack goes wrong find refuge in a hotel whose owner, Carlos, used to belong to their movement. With the World Cup in progress in nearby Barcelona, the Polish football team is staying in the hotel. A television crew arrives, ostensibly to interview the team, but it is clearly made up of undercover policemen who will have received a tip-off. Carlos sets up his own traps to bring the police out into the open-but the moment comes when one side or the other shows its hand, and the barely contained violence erupts.
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