Set against the backdrop of the globalization crisis, Edmundo Paz Soldáns latest novel is a modern chapter in the age-old fight between oppressed and oppressor.
The town of Río Fugitivo is on the verge of a social revolutionnot a revolution of strikes and street riots but a war waged electronically, where computer viruses are the weapons and hackers the revolutionaries.
In this war of information, the lives of a variety of characters become entangled: Kandinsky, the mythic leader of a group of hackers fighting the government and transnational companies; Albert, the founder of Black Chamber, a state security firm charged with deciphering the secret codes used in the information war; and Miguel Sáenz, Black Chambers most famous codebreaker, who begins to suspect that his work is not as innocent as he once supposed. All converge to create an edgy, fast-paced story about personal responsibility and complicity in a world defined by the ever-increasing gulfs between the global and the local, government and society, the virtual and the real.
The first few chapters are a little slow because the novel is told from the perspective of seven different characters in three different persons - first, third, and the slightly awkward second - which takes a bit of getting to grips with, but once the groundwork is laid the plot moves at a fair clip, offering many reasons to keep reading,
not least of which is the opportunity to experience a different side of Bolivia from what most of us imagine - suffice to say, it ain't all ponchos and alpaca! (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
New York Times
The story...is supple and not without potential....The trouble is that the whole scheme feels like a blur of downloaded ideas, or even gestures.
...Turing's Delirium is a diverting entertainment for people who like some ideas to go with their bang-bangs.
San Francisco Chronicle
...Turing's Delirium combines the excitement of a political thriller with the intellectual ambition of a literary novel of ideas....[A]n exciting and rewarding techno-thriller.
Starred Review. An engrossing depiction both of his nation's 20th-century political history and of the 21st century's confrontation with accelerating global hegemony and the conundrum ... of virtual terror attacks.
Paz Soldan has packed this thriller with popular culture and the latest technological gadgets, its cybercrime theme as current as today's headlines.
The clean, uncomplicated prose and intricately mapped minds of its many players should satisfy readers of the low and high alike. An adventure with realpolitiks at its center.
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