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ISBN 978-1-931896-01-6
Publication Date
November 2003
Page Count
228 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5


Arturo Arias

In this stunning spy novel from Arturo Arias, Tom Wright, a CIA agent, is sent to Guatemala to rescue an Australian banker who has been abducted by a guerrilla organization known as EGP. There he reconnects with Sandra Herrera, a former lover who has since married into one of Guatemala's most powerful families. His involvement with her exposes him to internal turmoil and a host of dangers, as he realizes she may know more than she lets on. Arias captures complex political and personal relationships in a story replete with surprising plots and counterplots, and with people whose identities and affiliations we can never completely trust. Rattlesnake makes you explode with laughter with a bull's-eye kind of cultural humor not often seen in the U.S., and, at other times, will leave you gasping in horror. 
About the Author

Arturo Arias is professor of Latin American studies at the University of California, Merced. He has published four books in English: After the BombsRattlesnakeThe Rigoberta Menchú Controversy, and Taking their Word: Literature and the Signs of Central America. He is also widely known for his literary criticism.

Translator Seán Higgins was born in New York in 1961 and has traveled extensively in Latin America. He has translated many works of Latin American literature for magazines and anthologies in the U.S. Currently he is a bilingual resource teacher at Grant Elementary School in the San Jose Unified School District.

Translator Jill Robbins is an associate professor of contemporary Spanish literature and culture at the University of California-Irvine.


"Arturo Arias is one of the most interesting young writers in Latin America... In his articles and his novels, he continues to give voice to the torments of Guatemala, in the tradition of Miguel Angel Asurias, but without repeating anything." 

—Eduardo Galeano 

"Arias is a master at capturing complex political and personal situations." 

LASA Forum 

"Arias effectively combines an enticing, erotically charged atmosphere with plenty of straight-ahead adventure."

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