The speed of light / Javier Cercas / translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
Publication year: 2007
Media class: Book
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury
This translation originally published: 2006
An aspiring young writer from Spain begins work as a teaching assistant on a Midwestern campus and finds himself sharing an office with Rodney Falk, a taciturn Vietnam veteran of strange ways and few friends. But when Rodney suddenly disappears the narrator becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets of his past. Why do people fear Rodney? What traumatic event happened at My Khe during the war? And, when the narrator's life takes a terrible twist, is Rodney the only person in the world who can save him?