This novel, inspired by real events takes place mainly in the U.S. and Argentina from the 1950s until the present but offers a universal appeal.
Marcos Aguinis crafts an authoritative and skillful recreation of the historical environment of the time. The novel’s male lead characters include white supremacists, heirs to absolutist political systems, torturers, members of fanatical religious sects, and troubling figures of contemporary times. The novel also includes several female characters who are linked to these men’s destinies and whose responses range from strong rebellion to gentle submission to passionate surrender.
Countering this vast shadow of evil are devoted and pure individuals driven by love and the search for truth; these characters weave a desperate and touching idyll as they attempt to decipher the links between the past and a present filled with aberrations.
The characters come from different worlds but circumstances bring them together, as they are drawn into the vortex of a solid plot interwoven in an electrifying style.
The Enlightened Ones is a cleverly conceived novel supported by careful research. It intertwines fanaticism, obsession, corruption, drug trafficking, values, and sacrifice. Greed and nobility are at the heart of this literary adventure in a journey that uncovers the unrelenting search for power at any cost.