Assignment: discovering one among Argentina's 30,000 "Disappeared" ... most likely final result: turning into one yourself.
The Argentine army's "Dirty conflict" disappeared 30,000 humans, and the very last thing Pepe Carvalho wishes is to enquire one of many vanished, no matter if that lacking individual is his cousin. yet blood proves thicker than a very good Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon, even for a jaded gourmet like Pepe, and so at his family's request he leaves Barcelona for Buenos Aires.
What follows might be Manuel Vázquez Montalbán's masterpiece: a mixture white-knuckle research and relocating mental travelogue. Pepe fast learns that "Buenos Aires is a gorgeous urban hell-bent on self-destruction," and reveals himself on a path concerning boxers and students, army torturers and seductive semioticians, Borges lovers and cold-blooded murderers.
And regardless of the wonders of the Tango and the country's divine food, he additionally is familiar with something: he will need to confront the traumas of Argentina's prior head on if he desires not just to discover his cousin, yet easily remain alive.
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