HONDURAS (*)

Horacio Castellanos Moya — The Wrestler and the Servant

Setting: 1980s civil war era El Salvador

What it’s about: A “stories collide” tale in a violent El Salvador: a wrestler turned goon drives around doing the junta’s dirty work while revolutionaries riot in the street, a maid tries to find her bosses’ abducted son while her own grandson joins the resistance.

Why you should read it: For the stark laying bare of the casual brutality of a group of secret policemen.

The best book from Honduras? Moya was born in Honduras, but lived and sets most of his books in Salvador. Its quite hard to find novels from Honduras translated into French or English!

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