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    Description"Oblivion "is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author's father, Hector Abad Gomez, 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 America's recent history.

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    A Memoir
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) H Ctor Abad, By (author) Hector Joaquin Abad Faciolince, By (author) Tiwi Abad, By (author) Haector Joaquain Abad Faciolince, By (author) Hector Abad, Translated by Anne McLean, Translated by Rosalind Harvey, Translated by McLean, Translated by Harvey
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    ISBN 13: 9780374223977
    ISBN 10: 0374223971

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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Imprint name
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    24 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Hector Abad is one of Colombia's leading writers. Born in 1958, he grew up in Medellin, 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.
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    "It is very difficult to summarize "Oblivion "without betraying it, because, like all great works, it is many things at once. To say that it is a heartrending memoir of the author's family and father--who was murdered by a hired assassin--is true, but paltry and infinitesimal, because the book is also a moving immersion into the inferno of Colombian political violence, into the life and soul of the city of Medellin, into the private life and public courage of a family, a true story that is also a superb fiction due to the way it is written and constructed, and one of the most eloquent arguments written in our time or any time against terror as an instrument of political action." --Mario Vargas Llosa "["Oblivion"] emits a primal yet articulate howl . . . Mr. Abad's prose, in this translation by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey, is elastic and alive . . . In Spanish the verb 'to remember' is 'recordar, ' the author reminds us, a word that derives from 'cor, ' the Latin for heart. This memoir is extravagantly big-hearted. It will be stocked, in good bookstores, in the nonfiction or belles-lettres sections. A wise owner might also place a copy under the sign that more simply reads: Parenting." --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times ""[An] admirable effort at speaking the unspeakable, at verbalizing the pain accumulated over decades, is Hector Abad's extraordinary memoir "Oblivion." It's been years since I read such a powerful meditation on loss . . . I confess not to have known of [Abad] before, even though this is his second book translated into English. This ignorance was actually beneficial, for it allowed me to submerge myself in the narrative without preconception. I emerged from that submersion hypnotized. "Oblivion" will remind you in equal measure of Vittorio de Sica's Italian neo-Realist movie "The Bicycle Thief" and Elie Wiesel's Holocaust novel "Night" . . . [Abad's] desire to explore the echoes of memory with meticulous care, to touch the wound