El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer

El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer

Paperback Language: Spanish

By (author) Juan Gabriel Vasquez

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  • Publisher: ALFAGUARA
  • Format: Paperback | 259 pages
  • Language: Spanish
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1616056118
  • ISBN 13: 9781616056117
  • Sales rank: 431,962

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The exotic escape and subsequent capture of a hippopotamus--the final remnant of the incongruous zoo Pablo Escobar used to flaunt his power--is the spark that activates the mechanisms of Antonio Yammara's memory, protagonist and narrator of El ruido de las cosas al caer--a dark balance from a time of terror and violence, set in a Bogota painted as a region full of literary significance. In 1995, Antonio meets the intriguing Ricardo Laverde, a man who has served a 20-year sentence. Laverde, an acknowledged pilot, is part of the group that gathers at the pool hall where Yammara, a young university Law professor, burns what is left of his youth. The two men become fast friends, to the point where Antonio, whose life has always been full of doubts, affirms that a warning hides within his friend's tortuous experience. Antonio will try to understand Laverde's generation (which is also his parent's, with all its love stories), to evaluate their share of innocence and complicity in the creation of a society dominated by corruption, chaos and violence. Yammara's memory takes us on a vibrant journey through Colombia's recent history, bringing back attractive and complex characters. Such is the case of Ricardo Laverde, a character drawn with the mastery of Juan Marse, Mario Vargas Llosa and, in the central image of the pilot, particularly in the idea of a "lost" or "injured" one, the hand of Juan Carlos Onetti, whose favorite story by Faulkner, All the dead pilots, he translated.

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