Our Lady of the Assassins

Our Lady of the Assassins


By (author) Fernando Vallejo, Translated by Paul Hammond


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  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 131mm x 197mm x 11mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 16 August 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1852426470
  • ISBN 13: 9781852426477
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 359,919

Product description

Fernando, a writer, returns to Medellin after an absence of thirty years. He meets Alexis, sixteen years old, a male prostitute and a hitman - a Medellin child - with whom he falls in love. But their tender love is doomed. Alexis needs no reason to kill: like an Angel of Death he opens fire on anybody who rubs him the wrong way. Fernando and Alexis are bound by an intense passion as they wander from church to church, murder to murder. When Alexis is finally killed himself, Fernando unwittingly takes up with his killer. Reminiscent of the best of Genet, Our Lady of the Assassins is a dark, fierce book that squarely lays the blame for Colombia's tragedy on the church and the political elite.

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Author information

Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1942, Fernando Vallejo has directed three films, written several screenplays and eight books, including several novels. He is regarded as the first Latin American novelist to have broken with the tradition of 'magical realism'. This is the first translation of his work into English.

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Rooted in heartbreaking experience and crackling with humour, insolence and diatribes -- Mario Vargas Llosa Our Lady of the Assassins crackles with the dark, self-mocking humour which is part of the rich tradition of Latin American literature -- Ben Richards