The Cinnamon Country

William Ospina

NOVEL. PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, 2012. 386 PAGES.

ROMULO GALLEGOS NOVEL AWARD 2009

The novel is narrated by a Spaniard who tells the tale of how he went to Peru to claim an inheritance that had been stolen from his father by Pizarro. Once in Peru, he meets Gonzalo Pizarro who promises to pay the debt if the narrator accompanies him on an expedition to a country supposedly filled with cinnamon trees which promise them infinite wealth. But the adventurers do not find what they were looking for, as the cinnamon in the country does not serve their purposes. Racked by disappointment, Gonzalo Pizarro goes mad and orders the murder of all the Indians he took with him on the expedition. They then decide to advance further into the jungle, hampered by hunger and difficulties, until they discover that one of the few hopes they have of escape is to cross the immense river they find in their path. They build a boat and start out on a ten day, surprise-filled journey.  

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | French EDITIONS JC LATTÈS

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