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The Speed of Light (2005)
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"A young Spanish writer - the novel's protagonist and perhaps an apocryphal version of Javier Cercas himself - accepts a post as a writer-in-residence at a Midwestern American university, where he meets a mysterious man named Rodney Falk. It will be years before he understands that his burgeoning friendship with this man, a surly, intractable Vietnam veteran, will reshape his life. As the years go by, the writer attains international fame, returns to Spain, and starts a family - and just as quickly his world begins to collapse. Suddenly lost, he becomes obsessed with Rodney's mysterious past and his involvement in the "My Khe" incident in Vietnam. Impossibly, he finds that Rodney's fate and his own are linked, and the story moves back and forth between past and present, the United States and Spain, before spiraling toward its surreal conclusion."--BOOK JACKET.
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