Sprawling from one continent to the next, one revolution to another, Swallowing Stones is the fictionalized autobiography of Oswaldo Antonio Barreto Miliano, a veritable Zelig among revolutionaries. Oswaldo, codenamed Otto, was an advisor to Fidel Castro, a friend of deposed Chilean President Salvador Allende, a confidant of Che Guevara, and the husband of an Iranian aristocrat who was imprisoned for 19 years for leading a Kurdish rebellion.
Born in Venezuela to a right-wing, middle-class family, Oswaldo narrates the unlikely manner in which he became a Marxist guerrilla in this tour-de-force of literary ventriloquism as Lisa St Aubin de Terán recounts the many lives and loves of an extraordinarily charismatic man.
Lisa St Aubin de Terán is the award-winning author of several novels, a volume of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a memoir, The Hacienda, which was a New York Times Notable Book. She is the founder and managing director of the Teran Foundation (www.teranfoundation.org), a charitable organization that works to establish schools and farm projects in the north of Mozambique. She lives in Amsterdam.