This is the prize winner in the first Latin-American novel contest held by a North American publisher. It is the story of a whole community in the northern Peruvian highlands, ousted from their village by landgrabbing politicians. Rosendi Maqui, dignified and wise, guides his people through their simple agricultural cycle, but he is not equipped to cope with legal machinations. After a futile struggle to hold the territory, he dies in jail and his villagers are driven forever from their homes and fields. It is a moving, tragic book, which builds up background slowly and carefully, painting each character vividly before the brutal denouement. Rich in native lore. Though sometimes lacking in technical proficiency, it has undeniable elements of greatness, a deep understanding of the usually impenetrable Indian, of his bitterness at the violation of his native rights, and an undertone of poetry. Long, slow-paced, but rewarding reading.