Title Profile & Character Information

The News from Paraguay

Annotation

The year is l854. In Paris, Francisco Solano -- the future dictator of Paraguay -- begins his courtship of the young, beautiful Irish courtesan Ella Lynch with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and ahorse named Mathilde. Ella follows Franco to Asunci n and reigns there as his mistress. Isolated and estranged in this new world, she embraces her lover's ill-fated imperial dream -- one fueled by a heedless arrogance that will devastate all of Paraguay.
With the urgency of the narrative, rich and intimate detail, and a wealth of skillfully layered characters, The News from Paraguay recalls the epic novels of Gabriel Garc a M rquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.



Awards
2004  National Book Awards

Characters
NameLynch, Elisa Alicia
GendersFemale
 Female
TraitsIrish
Divorced
Mistress
Irish
Divorced
Mistress

NameLopez, Francisco Solano
GendersMale
 Male

GenreBiographical
Fiction
Historical
Love story
TopicsDictatorships
Dictators
Mistresses
Desire
Power struggles
Greed
Violence
Military campaigns
Paraguayan War
Dictatorships
Dictators
Mistresses
Desire
Power struggles
Greed
Violence
Military campaigns
Paraguayan War
SettingParis, France
Paraguay
Paris, France
Paraguay