A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism
By Peter Mountford
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547473352, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
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On his first assignment for a rapacious hedge fund, Gabriel embarks to Bolivia at the end of 2005 to ferret out insider information about the plans of the controversial president-elect. If Gabriel succeeds, he will get a bonus that would make him secure for life. Standing in his way are his headstrong mother, herself a survivor of Pinochet’s Chile, and Gabriel’s new love interest, the president’s passionate press liaison. Caught in a growing web of lies and questioning his own role in profiting from an impoverished people, Gabriel sets in motion a terrifying plan that could cost him the love of all those he holds dear.In the tradition of Martin Amis, Joshua Ferris, and Sam Lipsyte—set against the stunning mountainous backdrop of La Paz and interspersed with Bolivia’s sad history of stubborn survival—Peter Mountford examines the critical choices a young man makes as his world closes in on him.
Audie Cornish talks with author Peter Mountford, who discovered through a Google alert that his debut novel, A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism, was being translated into Russian by a black market e-book publisher. Rather than be offended, he started working with his Russian translator, helping him to understand concepts like "white liberal guilt." More at NPR.org
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