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    DescriptionFernando, 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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    Our Lady of the Assassins
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Fernando Vallejo, Translated by Paul Hammond
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    ISBN 13: 9781852426477
    ISBN 10: 1852426470

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 863
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 91
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 67
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC011000
    LC classification: 00108744, PQ8180.32.A4277 V5713 2001
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Serpent's Tail
    Publication date
    16 August 2001
    Publication City/Country
    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.
    Review quote
    "'...fiction full of bite, colour and confidence that at the same time is rooted in heartbreaking experience and crackling with humour, insolence and diatribes' Mario Vargas Llosa 'A courageous picture about the pathology of indifference, set against the backdrop of the narco-violence of the murder capital of South America' Los Angeles Times"