Fine condition.Virago Press,2005.First UK edition-first printing.Blue hardback(silver lettering to the spine,nick on the edge of the front cover) with Dj(crease,nick and scratch on the Dj cover),both in fine condition.The book is new with light shelf wear on the outer edges of the pages,small crease and nick on the edge of the pages.512pp.Price un-clipped. This is another paragraph From Publishers Weekly: This fictional autobiography of one of the 20th century's more colorful, if obscure, revolutionaries presents a delightful ramble through five decades of international political intrigue while connecting the dots among dozens of armed revolts. Narrated by Oswaldo Barreto Miliani, a Venezuelan intellectual, Communist revolutionary and social philosopher, the book--part apology and part corrective--follows Barreto from his birth in San Cristobal in 1934 up to the present. His ostensible purpose is threefold: to set the record straight about his exploits, to offer his view of post Cold War communism and world revolution and to present an entertaining narrative, rife with irony and good humor, but marked by the ultimate loss of ideals. Although he remains a committed Marxist, Oswaldo loses faith in the practical application of communism. Ter?n (The Hacienda) renders Oswaldo as an erudite, candid, witty commentator as she unspools a narrative that reads like a who's who of world revolution. Cameos of Che, Castro, Luk?s, Ben Barka, Allende and many others propel the story forward, and Barreto's on-and-off romance with his Persian wife, Vida, keeps his personal life lively. Although dense and sometimes redundant, the narrative entices and fascinates with its breadth and scope.