- Tapa blanda: 257 páginas
- Editor: Akashic Books New York (1 de abril de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1933354208
- ISBN-13: 978-1933354200
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American Visa (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 abr 2007
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Armed with fake papers, a handful of gold nuggets, and a snazzy custom-made suit, an unemployed schoolteacher with a singular passion for detective fiction sets out from small-town Bolivia on a desperate quest for an American visa, his best hope for escaping his painful past and reuniting with his grown son in Miami.
Mario Alvarez's dream of emigration takes a tragicomic twist on the rough streets of La Paz, Bolivia, as he embarks on a series of Kafkaesque adventures, crossing paths with a colorful cast of hustlers, social outcasts, and crooked politicians - and initiates a romance with a straight-shooting prostitute named Blanca. Spurred on by his detective fantasies and his own tribulations, he hatches a plan to rob a wealthy gold dealer, a decision that draws him into a web of high-society corruption but also brings him closer than ever to obtaining his ticket to paradise.
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The plot is relatively simple. Mario Alvarez is a divorced schoolteacher who quits his job and travels to La Paz to obtain a tourist visa. If he can get the visa, he can join his son in Miami where a job waits him at an IHOP. Predictably, things do not go according to plan. Mario ends up marooned in the seedy Hotel California(!) when he learns that there are ways to "grease the wheels" of the visa process - if you have money.
American Visa's strongest elements are its characters and its depiction of La Paz.
de Recacoechea's characters are multi-faceted and consistently "ring true" to the reader. At the Hotel California, Mario falls in with a destitute former diplomat and good-hearted hooker. While shoplifting from a bookstore, Mario meets a beautiful young woman who introduces him to Bolivia's corrupt upper crust.
The city of La Paz also stars in the novel. Mario travels throughout La Paz and the reader feels well acquainted with the city by novel's end. de Recacoechea inserts social commentary into the novel, but - to his credit - the comments never seem obtrusive.
The novel's plot - while not bad - is somewhat predictable. Also, the pacing is relatively slow compared to most mystery novels. de Recacoechea chooses to develop characters and settings rather than insert plane crashes, gun battles, sports cars, etc.
Mystery readers who want to expand their horizons should check out American Visa.
I later saw the movie (by the same name), a rather famous Mexican version of the story, which was entertaining, but changed the ending and left out many of the more humorous details. I recommend this book for anyone who has visited, or plans to visit the remarkable city of LaPaz or explore the Bolivian culture.