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Book Review: At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón

Alarcón generates suspense while achieving a tone of tragic irony

By Evelyn Toynton   January 2014

Daniel Alarcón, whose name appears on both Granta’s and the New Yorker’s lists of America’s best young writers, told an interviewer in 2010 that he had given up writing about South America (born in Peru, Alarcón has lived in the US since he was three). Fortunately, he changed his mind: like his previous books, his richly populated new novel is set in an unnamed Latin American country still scarred by the ravages of a bloody civil war.

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