An Archangel Named Gabriel

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An Archangel Named Gabriel by Alonso Cueto

A unfamiliar child charges into the Volvo car – “a stout rectangle walled in by shining sheets of metal, which always seemed to float over the road” – and then into the life of Montes, the protagonist. The boy manages to bring down the defences built by the successful corporate manager and acquaint him, even if only for a moment, with himself and with the reality outside the sterile, protected space he had created for himself in the poverty-stricken and terrorized Lima of the eighties. Alonso Cueto with his short and precise prose and the tender touch of an angel manages to distill a moving observation concerning openness and compassion.

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