Villa Pacifica and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy New

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
Price: 2.80

More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading Villa Pacifica on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Villa Pacifica [Paperback]

Kapka Kassabova
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
RRP: 12.99
Price: 10.51 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: 2.48 (19%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 19 Sep.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 5.40  
Paperback 5.68  
Paperback, 1 Aug 2011 10.51  

Book Description

1 Aug 2011
As Ute and her husband Jerry travel to a remote area on the west coast of South America, they decide to visit a recently established eco retreat called Villa Pacifica. The resort, run by a group of eccentric expatriates, offers a luxuriant refuge in the middle of an arid and poverty-stricken region to an exotic menagerie of large cats, monkeys, giant turtles and birds of paradise which have been rescued from traffickers. When a huge storm descends on the coast, travellers and locals are left to fend for themselves. The hot-house world that teems below the surface of Villa Pacifica rises to engulf everyone. Madness begins to take hold, and everybody starts questioning themselves and their own sanity. Brilliantly written, hauntingly atmospheric, Villa Pacifica, Kapka Kassabova s stunning new novel, will leave a lasting impression in the minds of its readers.

Frequently Bought Together

Villa Pacifica + Geography for the Lost + Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story
Price For All Three: 23.97

Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alma Books Ltd (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184688151X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846881510
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,205,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kapka Kassabova is a poet, travel writer and novelist. She was born in 1973 in Sofia, emigrated with her family to New Zealand in her teens, and now lives in Scotland. Her childhood memoir Street Without a Name was short-listed for the 2009 Prix europeen du livre and the Dolmann Travel Club Award. Her novel Villa Pacifica is set in South America and is now also available in Spanish. The tango memoir Twelve Minutes of Love was short-listed for the 2012 Scottish Book Awards. Kapka Kassabova has written for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Scottish Review of Books, Granta, and Vogue.

Product Description


'Like Isabel Allende ... Kassabova has a gift for measured, eloquent, no-frills storytelling.' -- Scotland on Sunday

'Kassabova's latest novel is a commentary on human strength. Elegant prose and unusual plot lines will intrigue the reader to the finish.' -- Herald Scotland

'This is a wonderfully intriguing story about relationship dynamics, our innermost fears, and a Lost-type plot that keeps building momentum with every page.' -- The Scottish Review of Books

'Intelligent, psychologically compelling... a truly mesmerising read.' -- The Scotsman

'Kassabova conjures up a convincing portrait of a tropical backwater battered by politics and weather... with a deliciously unexpected ending.' -- The Guardian

'Reminiscent of Maugham's Borneo Stories and Bowles' The Sheltering Sky.' --Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Kapka Kassabova was born in Bulgaria in 1973 and learned to speak English at the age of sixteen, when her parents emigrated to England and later to New Zealand. She now lives in Edinburgh, and is the author of two novels, four poetry collections and two travel guides. Her memoir Street without a Name was shortlisted for the European Book Prize and the Authors Club Dolman Travel Prize in 2009. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had bought this book to own 25 Oct 2012
By Felis
I was being cautious and so, when I saw a copy in my local library, I borrowed this title. I now wish I had purchased it here on amazon and will certainly still consider it, as it is good enough to own and dip into again, or perhaps lend to friends with best recommendations. The writer has not disappointed me after her book of Bulgarian childhood memoirs, which was touching and well written. She is now a fully-fledged, mature writer of fiction (and poetry, I believe, and book reviews) who no longer needs to prop herself up by geo-specific references to where she grew up or go over a sense of alienation in a new homeland over and over again, as some do. Judging only by this gripping, thought-provoking, beautifuly written book, she may well turn to gold anything she writes, and she can write well about anything at all. One to watch.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich, dark tale from a brilliant storyteller 22 Aug 2011
Kapka Kassabova's work was already known to me, having read and thoroughly enjoyed her autobiograpy-cum-travelogue, 'Street with no Name'. I was curious as to how she would make the transition into fiction. She has fabulous descriptive powers, but would she cope with managing a plot?

Well, 'Villa Pacifica' does not disappoint. The story seems straightforward at first. It begins with a couple travelling a remote eco-lodge on the Pacific coast of South America (readily identifiable as Ecuador). There, we're introduced to Ute and Jerry's fellow guests, an ill-assorted group, who - one senses - will fare badly together should the going get rough. But the approach of trouble (in the shape of a massive storm) is not sudden but sinister, and the tension mounts, imperceptibly at first, and then unbearably. This is a book that it's hard to put down.

But, long before the storm arrives, there's another development in the plot. Reality begins to distort, again subtly at first (you'll find yourself flicking back, to check what you'd read earlier) but then in a way that's not just bewildering but thoroughly ingenious. You will turn over the ideas in this book long after you've finished it.

Kassabova's powers of description are as compelling as ever. Whether she's evoking the South American forest, the impassivity of the Amerindians, a man's dangerously low self-esteem, or the longing of a young woman, Kassabova is deft and economical in her brushstrokes, but masterful in her composition. Perheps it's the fact that English is not her first language that allows her to bring such freshness to her prose. I love phrases like 'a vat of sticky sleep', and the richly-textured descriptions of rain and forests.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ¡estaba hechizada! 1 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this because I so enjoyed her Argentine Tango book, and this, though very different, was equally magical. An unsettling read, which I always like!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting 22 Oct 2012
Bought this book at the airport, as the cover looked interesting.... was a fascinating book to read. I still have pictures of the beaches, old hotel & animal sanctuary in my head, and am still trying to decide on the ending. I could feel the sultry heat & the drenching rain of the storm. For me in the Western world of reality, this book with parallel worlds & hints of magic & mystery has given me something to think about.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Villa Pacifica 16 Aug 2011
By Linda Hepworth - Published on
Once I started this book I found it difficult to put down; I became drawn into, and captivated by the developing story. the individual characters are vivid and believable,and their human frailties and strengths are well portrayed as they deal with the enforced intimacy of living in a luxury resort, set in an otherwise poverty stricken region.
The story is haunting, full of tension, and the plot has many twists and turns,as well as moments of "madness". It conveys an evocative sense of time and place, and I particularly enjoyed the "magic realism" underlying the story telling.
I thought the author's use of metaphors and similes was generally well done, but occasionally one would strike me as rather over-blown,e.g. "the sun was an egg poached in the clouds". However, this was a minor irritation because essentially I felt engaged by the writing, and I find that I am still thinking about the characters and the story.
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category