BOOKS: Locating Lost City Radio


Graduate student Meredith Perry reviews Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City Radio.

Before beginning his reading of Lost City Radio, author Daniel Alarcón offers a disclaimer, “I didn’t set this novel in Peru. I set this novel in an unnamed Latin American country, in an unnamed Latin American city.” Seconds later, as Alarcón is framing the excerpt he is about to read, he says, “This is about the night the war finally became real in Lima.” Then he pauses and corrects himself, “Not in Lima, in this made-up, fictional city.” Standing before the Peruvian Consul General, Alarcón, winks, “Nothing like this ever happened in Peru.”

Meredith Perry
Publication date: 
January 9, 2007
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article