The Informers

The Informers

Paperback Language: English / Spanish

By (author) Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Translated by Anne McLean

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Format: Paperback | 351 pages
  • Language: English / Spanish
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1594484678
  • ISBN 13: 9781594484674
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 549,247

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From the author of "The Sound of Things Falling," a "brilliant new novel" ("New York Times Book Review") and one of the most buzzed about books of the year! "One of the most original new voices of Latin American literature." -- Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature When Gabriel Santoro's book is scathingly reviewed by his own father, a famous Bogota rhetorician, Gabriel is devastated. Cataloguing the life of longtime family friend Sara Guterman, a Jewish German immigrant who escaped to Colombia during the 1930s, Gabriel's book seemed an innocent attempt to preserve a piece of his country's rapidly vanishing past. But as Gabriel pours over his research looking for clues to his father's anger, he discovers a sinister secret locked in the pages. After his father's death, and with the help of Sara Guterman and his father's girlfriend, Angelina, Gabriel peels back layer after shocking layer of family history-from the streets of 1940s Bogota to a stranger's doorstep in 1990s Medellin-to reveal a hidden portrait of their past-dark, complex, and inescapable. Juan Gabriel Vasquez has been hailed as one of the leading writers of his generation, compared to Borges, John Le Carre, Joseph Conrad and W. G. Sebald.

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Juan Gabriel Vasquez 's books include "The Sound of Things Falling," which won the Alfaguara Novel Prize in Spain and an English PEN award, 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 Bogota.

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aJuan Gabriel VAsquez is one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature. His first novel, "The Informers," a very powerful story about the shadowy years immediately following World War II, is testimony to the richness of his imagination as well as the subtlety and elegance of his prose.a aMario Vargas Llosa, author of "The Bad Girl" and "The Feast of the Goat" aA fine and frightening study of how the past preys upon the present, and an absorbing revelation of a little-known wing of the theatre of the Nazi war.a aJohn Banville, Booker Prizea winning author of "The Sea" aAs if mature John le CarrA(c) had wandered into the narrative labyrinths of Borges.a a"The Independent"