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Captain of the Sleepers

Captain of the Sleepers

A Novel

Mayra Montero; Translated by Edith Grossman




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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.


Excerpted from Captain of the Sleepers by Mayra Montero. Copyright © 2002 by Mayra Montero. Translation copyright © 2005 by Edith Grossman. Published in September 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.



Praise for Captain of the Sleepers

“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

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About the author

Mayra Montero; Translated by Edith Grossman

Mayra Montero is the author of seven novels, including Deep Purple, and a collection of short stories. She lives in Puerto Rico.

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