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Captain of the Sleepers: A Novel (Paperback)
From the author of The Last Night I Spent With You comes "a captivating tale of love, politics, and death" (The Charlotte Observer)
For fifty years, Andrés Yasin has carried a grudge against J. T. Bunker. Now eighty-three-years-old and dying, Bunker wants to tell his side of the story, the story of his affair with Estela, Andrés's mother. As a child Andrés knew Bunker as the "Captain of the Sleepers"--so called because he transported back to Vieques those who had died on the mainland but wished to be buried at home. But what really happened between Bunker and Estela, and between Estela and her one true love, a leader of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Movement? What did Andrés witness, and what were the real circumstances of his mother's mysterious death?
Beautifully translated by Edith Grossman, Captain of the Sleepers is a startling tale of remembrance and reality, and Mayra Montero's finest book yet.
About the Author
Mayra Montero is the author of a collection of short stories and of eight novels, including The Messenger, The Last Night I Spent with You, and Captain of the Sleepers. She was born in Cuba and lives in Puerto Rico, where she writes a weekly column in El Nuevo Dia newspaper.
Edith Grossman has translated the poetry and prose of major Spanish-language authors, including Gabriel García Marquez, Alvaro Mutis, and Mayra Montero, as well as Mario Vargas Llosa.
“A wonderful story.” —New York magazine
“Too engrossing to put down.” —The Nation
“Excellent . . . A worthy peer of the likes of Mario Vargas Llosa.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Her best novel yet . . . Montero--who has a wizard's ability to transfix readers' attention as she peels away successive, deceptive layers of plot and meaning--has never written better than in this increasingly suspenseful tale of divided loyalties and lingering resentment and sorrow.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Captain of the Sleepers is an evocative, haunting story, as fatalistic, moody and inevitable as a Greek tragedy.” —January Magazine
“Montero artfully choreographs the confluence of family, romantic and revolutionary ardor.” —Publishers Weekly
“Montero charts the chilling undercurrents of steamy Caribbean life in novels notable for their lyrical intensity and mystery, eroticism and social acumen. . . . A haunting tale of a small place overrun by a superpower and a small family shattered by big dreams of liberation and love, and the mythic alignment of sex and death.” —Booklist
“One of the most exciting and interesting writers of the Americas, North and South.” —Julia Alvarez