In a shabby apartment in downtown Los Angeles, Antonio Bernal waits to be evicted. It is the final defeat in a series of blows that drove him from Guatemala after a death squad murdered his wife and child, a boy of two. Not far from Antonio?s apartment, Guillermo Longoria is playing chess. Utterly absorbed in the game, he stretches for the queen revealing the tattoo on his arm which bears witness to his past - as a member of the Jaguar Battalion of the guatemalan Army. The Tattooed Soldier tells the riveting story of two haunted men and the fatal intersecting of their lives.
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?This book will establish Tobar as an important writer? Thomas Keneally ?A meditative, beautifully written novel... Tobar?s chosen worlds - Guatemala with all its vicissitudes and the homeless substratum of Los Angeles - are masterfully evoked? Newsday ?Tobar doesn?t put a foot wrong with this rich material; he goes for the gut-wrench, replaying a Guatemalan nightmare as sickening flashback? GuardianAbout the Author:
The son of Guatemalan immigrants, Hector Tobar is a reporter with the Los Angeles Times and was part of the writing team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots.
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