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“An irreplaceable testimony of the struggle for democracy and tolerance in Latin America.” —El País

Héctor Abads Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the authors father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the writing, it paints an unforgettable picture of a man who followed his conscience and paid for it with his life during one of the darkest periods in Latin Americas recent history.

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"Colombian author Abad (The Joy of Being Awake) dedicates this loving and sentimental memoir to his father, Héctor Abad Gómez, a professor and doctor devoted to his family, 'moved to tears...by poetry and music,' and committed to a better Colombia. The latter aspiration cost him his life when he was assassinated in 1987, and his son began writing this book five years later. Abad spends much of the book expressing his love for his father, but it is his discussion of Gómez's public health and human rights projects — such as founding 'the Colombian Institute of Family Wellbeing, which built aqueducts and sewer systems in villages, rural districts, and cities' — that reveals what a remarkable educator, reformer, and activist the senior Abad was, and how his assassination (most likely ordered by Colombia's political leadership at the time) was a tragedy for a family and a nation. Those unfamiliar with Abad's and Gómez's writings will nevertheless find this timely memoir moving and informative. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

“An irreplaceable testimony of the struggle for democracy and tolerance in Latin America.” —El País

Héctor Abads Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the authors father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the writing, it paints an unforgettable picture of a man who followed his conscience and paid for it with his life during one of the darkest periods in Latin Americas recent history.

About the Author

Héctor Abad is one of Colombias leading writers. Born in 1958, he grew up in Medellín, where he studied medicine, philosophy, and journalism. After being expelled from university for writing a defamatory text against the Pope, he moved to Italy before returning to his homeland in 1987.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374223977
Author:
Abad, Hector
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
McLean, Anne
Author:
Harvey, Rosalind
Author:
Abad, H. Ctor
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 Black-and-White Photograph
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Literary
Biography » Political
History and Social Science » Latin America » Colombia
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Colombian author Abad (The Joy of Being Awake) dedicates this loving and sentimental memoir to his father, Héctor Abad Gómez, a professor and doctor devoted to his family, 'moved to tears...by poetry and music,' and committed to a better Colombia. The latter aspiration cost him his life when he was assassinated in 1987, and his son began writing this book five years later. Abad spends much of the book expressing his love for his father, but it is his discussion of Gómez's public health and human rights projects — such as founding 'the Colombian Institute of Family Wellbeing, which built aqueducts and sewer systems in villages, rural districts, and cities' — that reveals what a remarkable educator, reformer, and activist the senior Abad was, and how his assassination (most likely ordered by Colombia's political leadership at the time) was a tragedy for a family and a nation. Those unfamiliar with Abad's and Gómez's writings will nevertheless find this timely memoir moving and informative. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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“An irreplaceable testimony of the struggle for democracy and tolerance in Latin America.” —El País

Héctor Abads Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the authors father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the writing, it paints an unforgettable picture of a man who followed his conscience and paid for it with his life during one of the darkest periods in Latin Americas recent history.

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