By Juan De Recacoechea
“American Visa is superbly written, atmospheric, and fashionable within the demeanour of Chandler . . . a sensible, unique crime fiction offering.”—George Pelecanos, writer of The evening Gardener "American Visa is a beautiful literary success. it truly is insightful and poignant, a publication each considerate American should still learn, and as soon as learn, learn again."—William Heffernan, Edgar Award-winning writer of The Corsican "In his look for an American visa, the highschool instructor during this novel embodies the goals and aspirations of many would-be immigrants south of the border. this can be a mystery with a social sense of right and wrong, a modern noir with plenty of humor and aptitude. The streets of l. a. Paz have by no means seemed so alive. this can be the most effective Latin American novels of the final fifteen years." —Edmundo Paz-Soldan, writer of Turing's Delirium "Mario Alvarez is large, an everyman desirous to get away Bolivia's melancholy who cannot elude his personal methods of self-sabotage. At a time while the talk round U.S. immigration reduces many of us all over the world to caricatures, this singular and provocative portrait of the problem will hook up with readers of all political stripes." —Arthur Nersesian, writer of Suicide Casanova Armed with pretend papers, a handful of gold nuggets, and a snazzy personalized swimsuit, an unemployed schoolteacher with a novel ardour for detective fiction units out from small-town Bolivia on a determined quest for an American visa, his top wish for escaping his painful prior and reuniting together with his grown son in Miami. Mario Alvarez's dream of emigration takes a tragicomic twist at the tough streets of los angeles Paz, Bolivia's seat of presidency. Alvarez embarks on a chain of Kafkaesque adventures, crossing paths with a colourful forged of hustlers, social outcasts, and crooked politicians—and starting up a romance with a straight-shooting prostitute named Blanca. Spurred on by way of his detective fantasies and his personal tribulations, he hatches a plan to rob a filthy rich gold broker, a choice that pulls him right into a net of high-society corruption but additionally brings him nearer than ever to acquiring his price tag to paradise. Juan de Recacoechea used to be born in los angeles Paz, Bolivia, and labored as a journalist in Europe for nearly two decades. After returning to his local kingdom, he helped came upon Bolivia's first state-run tv community, served as its normal supervisor, and committed himself to fiction writing. Recacoechea is the writer of 7 novels. American Visa is his first novel to be translated into English.
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With the hours’ passing, they began to look embittered and tired. “Thirty-one,” announced the female interviewer. The young woman at my side stood up and hesitantly lugged her pile of deeds and documents that would have sufficed to liberate a Jew from the hands of the SS. She stopped before the big-headed man with the tweed jacket and handed him her papers, then turned around to look at her father for encouragement. Her father smiled at her. The girl and the guy in tweed conversed for a few minutes, with the former responding timidly to the latter’s interrogations.
She said goodbye to me with a hint of a smile. Verify the documents, I thought. What the hell is that about? Trembling, I moved forward to the first row and settled into an empty armchair. That bit about the verifications was like a knife through my heart. If they try to verify them, I’m screwed. Number thirty-five stepped up. He was assigned to Magic Johnson’s kid brother, who was sweating a river, as though he were in a Turkish bath. On my right side, a modestly elegant woman, discreetly perfumed, waited stiffly while reading a magazine.
The quiet in the bar allowed me to meditate on my situation. My quest for a visa had become a fiasco. Neither my forged documents nor my bank accounts were of any use. I didn’t have the balls to 52 AMERICAN VISA face the interviewers. It was all the fault of that lady who told me that they hire detectives to examine the documents. If that were true, they would surely return the documents to me with a bloody “no” and not allow me to appeal. If they deny you the visa once, they’ve denied it to you forever.