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The Sound of Things Fallingby Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Set in the aftermath of Colombia's horrific drug wars, Vásquez's elegant novel provides an intimate look at a generation still coming to terms with the crimes of a not-so-distant past. Written from the perspective of a law professor who unknowingly befriends a drug mule, The Sound of Things Falling offers a wholly original story told with an intensity that reverberates.
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From a global literary star comes a prize-winning tour de force — an intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez has been hailed not only as one of South America's greatest literary stars, but also as one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. In this gorgeously wrought, award-winning novel, Vásquez confronts the history of his home country, Colombia.
In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobars Medellín cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia's streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friends murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friends family have been shaped by his country's recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.
Vásquez is one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature,” according to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and The Sound of Things Falling is his most personal, most contemporary novel to date, a masterpiece that takes his writing — and will take his literary star — even higher.
"[A] Brilliant new novel...gripping...absorbing right to the end. The Sound of Things Falling may be a page turner, but it's also a deep meditation on fate and death." Edmund White, The New York Times Book Review
"Deeply affecting and closely observed." Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
"Like Bolaño, [Vasquez] is a master stylist and a virtuoso of patient pacing and intricate structure, and he uses the novel for much the same purpose that Bolaño did: to map the deep, cascading damage done to our world by greed and violence and to concede that even love cant repair it." Lev Grossman, Time Magazine
"Compelling…genuine and magnificently written." Library Journal, Starred Review
“Literary magic of one of Latin Americas most talented novelists…a masterpiece.” Booklist, starred review
“An exploration in the ways in which stories profoundly impact our lives.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Languid existential noir, one that may put you in mind of Paul Auster.” Dwight Garner, New York Times
"If you only read one book this month..." Esquire
“An undoubted talent….Introspective and personal.” The Wall Street Journal
“The Sound of Things Falling is a masterful chronicle of how the violence between the cartels and government forces spilled out to affect and corrode ordinary lives. It is also Vásquez's finest work to date….His stark realism — the flip side of the magical variation of his compatriot Gabriel Garcia Marquez — together with his lyrical treatment of memory produces both an electrifying and a sobering read.” Malcolm Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
Juan Gabriel Vásquez s previous books include The Informers, which was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and The Secret History of Costaguana, which won the Qwerty Prize in Barcelona. His books have been published in seventeen languages worldwide. He lives in Bogotá.
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