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The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa

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A novel about a neglected human rights pioneer, the Irish nationalist Roger Casement, who was hanged by the British government for treason. Casement had dedicated his extraordinary life to improving the plight of oppressed peoples around the world - especially the native populations in the Belgian Congo and the Amazon - but when he dared to draw a parallel between the injustices he witnessed in African and American colonies and those committed by the British in Northern Ireland, he became involved in a cause that led to his imprisonment and execution. Ultimately, the scandals surrounding Casement's trial and eventual hanging tainted his image to such a degree that his pioneering human rights work wasn't fully reexamined until the 1960s.

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