“Life Among the Pirates”

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“The fact is, though, being pirated is the Peruvian equivalent of making the bestseller list. One writer I know ends all his readings by urging those in attendance to ‘buy my book before it gets pirated’. When I asked him about it, he confessed he hadn’t actually been pirated yet, but hoped he would be soon.”

Daniel Alarcón, author of War by Candlelight and Lost City Radio, on the book piracy industry in Peru.


Sona Avakian lives in San Francisco and has never stolen another book. More from this author →