As the novel begins, Susana translates and discusses articles from the newspaper with other members of a revolutionary group called “the Screwery.” A telegram from London and a reference to something called the “Vincennes business” constitute the reader’s introduction to the group’s plan to smuggle counterfeit money in order to finance a political kidnapping. The target is a top Latin American police official, referred to as the Vip, whose headquarters are in Paris. He is to be held for ransom until Latin American political prisoners are released.
As the kidnapping preparations are under way, Andres takes Francine to a sleazy bar. He then tells her about a dream in which he sees himself in a film theater which has two screens at right angles. He is there to see a Fritz Lang thriller. Suddenly a messenger arrives and tells him that a Cuban wants to speak with him. Andres follows the messenger until he enters a room where he sees a figure on a sofa. It is the Cuban. At this point, the most important point in the dream, the dream’s narrative is interrupted. The next thing that Andres sees is himself, now spectator of and participant in a thriller, leaving the room. Andres interprets the dream to mean that since he has spoken to the Cuban, he now has a mission to fulfill. He has no idea, however, what the mission might be. Andres’s quest is directed toward one goal: to find the message cut from his dream, a message that will show him the road he should...
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