As a boy, Manuel was a dreamer, a lover of literature, and a tagger. His sister JuanaÂ made a promise to do everything in her power to protect him from the drug-and violence-infested streets of BogotÃ¡. She decided to take him as far from Colombia as possible, and in order to raise the money to do so, she went to work as a high-priced escort and entered into contact with the dangerous world of corrupt politicians. When things spun out of control she was forced to flee, leaving her beloved brother behind.Â
Juana and Manuel's story reaches the ears of the Colombian counsel general in New Delhi, and he tracks down Juana, now married to a rich Japanese man, in Tokyo. The counsel general takes it upon himself to reunite the two siblingsâa feat that may be beyond his power.Â
With the stylishness that has earned him a reputation as one of "the most important Colombian writers" (Manuel VÃ¡zquez MontalbÃ¡n), Santiago Gamboa lends his story a driving, irresistible rhythm.
About: A thrilling literary novel about crime and corruption in Latin America told in alternating voices and perspectives, Night Prayers is the story of Manuel, aÂ Colombian philosophy student arrested in Bangkok and accused of drug trafficking.
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