"An erotic, anarchic and Galician poet of the grotesque." -Michael Billington, Guardian The first great twentieth-century novel of dictatorship, and the avowed inspiration for Garcia Marquez's The Autumn of the Patriarch and Roa Bastos's I, the Supreme, Tyrant Banderas is a dark and dazzling portrayal of a mythical Latin American Republic in the grip of a monster. Valle-Inclan, one of the masters of Spanish modernism, combines the splintered points of view of a cubist painting with the campy excesses of 19thcentury serial fiction to paint an astonishing picture of a ruthless tyrant facing armed revolt. It is the Day of the Dead, and revolution has broken out, creating mayhem from Baby Roach's Cathouse to the Harris Circus to the deep jungle of Tico Maipu. The tyrant steps forth, assuring all that he is in favor of freedom of assembly and democratic opposition.