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The well-intentioned protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught, to both disastrous and hilarious effect, in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them.

In “Near-Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera,” an ornithologist being held hostage in the Colombian rain forest finds he respects his captors for their commitment to a cause, until he realizes that the revolution looks a lot like big business. In “The Good Ones Are Already Taken,” the wife of a Special Forces officer battles a Haitian voodoo goddess with whom her husband is carrying on a not-entirely-spiritual relationship. And in “The Lion’s Mouth,” a disillusioned aid worker makes a Faustian bargain to become a diamond smuggler for the greater good.

With masterful pacing and a robust sense of the absurd, each story in Brief Encounters with Che Guevara is a self-contained adventure, steeped in the heady mix of tragedy and danger, excitement and hope, that characterizes countries in transition.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lively work, with much to detest and much to enjoy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An impressive and entertaining book of short stories.”


  • “In this first collection the author brings the virtuosity of Greene and le Carre to tales of foreign adventures.”

    Boston Globe

  • “An exceptional story collection.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Winner of the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award in 2007
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