The Dancer and the Thief

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The Dancer and the Thief

By Antonio Skarmeta; Katherine Silver (Translator)

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393064940, 300pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2008

With prisons overflowing in Chile, the president declares a general amnesty for all nonviolent criminals. Angel Santiago, a youth determined to avenge abuse he received in jail, seeks out the notorious bank robber Nicolas Vergara Grey, whose front-page exploits won him a reputation he would rather leave behind. Their plan for an ambitious and daring robbery is complicated by the galvanizing presence of Victoria Ponce, a virtuosic dancer and high-school dropout whose father was a victim of the regime. Praised for his ability to place a personal story in the context of a national upheaval and make it warm, funny and universal (San Francisco Chronicle), Antonio Skarmeta sets this exuberant love story against the backdrop of the new Chile, free from the Pinochet dictatorship but beholden to the perils of globalization. The Dancer and the Thief, which won Spain's prestigious Planeta Prize, is a remarkable new novel from one of South America's finest storytellers.

About the Author
Antonio Skarmeta achieved worldwide renown with The Postman (Il Postino). His fiction has since received dozens of awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages worldwide. He lives in Santiago, Chile.

Horacio Castellanos Moya was born 1957 in Honduras. He has lived in San Salvador, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico (where he spent ten years as a journalist, editor, and political analyst), Spain, and Germany. In 1988 he won the National Novel Prize from Central American University for his first novel. His work has been published and translated in England, Germany, El Salvador and Costa Rica. He has published ten novels and is now living in exile as part of the City of Asylum project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.