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    Description* National Bestseller * Hailed by Edmund White as "a brilliant new novel" on the cover of the "New York Times Book Review" * One of NPR's 6 Best Books of the Summer * "Esquire "recommends "The Sound of Things Falling" "if you read only one book this month" * Starred early reviews from" Publishers Weekly," "Booklist," "Library Journal," and "Kirkus" * Lauded by Jonathan Franzen, E. L. Doctorow and many others From a global literary star comes a prize-winning tour de force - an intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia. Juan Gabriel Vasquez has been hailed not only as one of South America's greatest literary stars, but also as one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. In this gorgeously wrought, award-winning novel, Vasquez confronts the history of his home country, Colombia. In the city of Bogota, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar's Medellin cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia's streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend's murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend's family have been shaped by his country's recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare. Vasquez is "one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature," according to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and "The Sound of Things Falling "is his most personal, most contemporary novel to date, a masterpiece that takes his writing--and will take his literary star--even higher.


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    Title
    The Sound of Things Falling
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Translated by Anne McLean
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 270
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594487484
    ISBN 10: 1594487480
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    DC21: 863.64
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    Libri: I-FH
    Ingram Theme: APPR/AWARD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 91
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE20
    DC22: 863/.64
    LC subject heading:
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PQ8180.32.A797 R8513 2013
    Publisher
    Riverhead Books
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Juan Gabriel Vasquez 's previous books include "The Informers," which was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, 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.
    Review quote
    Praise for "The Sound of Things Falling" "[A] Brilliant new novel...gripping...absorbing right to the end. "The Sound of Things Falling "may be a page turner, but it's also a deep meditation on fate and death." --Edmund White, "The New York Times Book Review" "Deeply affecting and closely observed." --Hector Tobar, "Los Angeles Times" "Like Bolano, [Vasquez] is a master stylist and a virtuoso of patient pacing and intricate structure, and he uses the novel for much the same purpose that Bolano did: to map the deep, cascading damage done to our world by greed and violence and to concede that even love can't repair it." --Lev Grossman, "Time "Magazine "Juan Gabriel Vasquez is a considerable writer. "The Sound of Things Falling "is an artful, ruminative mystery... And the reader comes away haunted by its strong playing out of an irreversible fate." --E. L. Doctorow "Compelling...genuine and magnificently written." --Library Journal, STARRED "Literary magic of one of Latin America's most talented novelists...a masterpiece." --Booklist, STARRED "An exploration in the ways in which stories profoundly impact our lives." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED "Languid existential noir, one that may put you in mind of Paul Auster." --Dwight Garner, "New York Times" "If you only read one book this month..." --"Esquire" "Razor-sharp" --"O, the Oprah Magazine" "An undoubted talent... Introspective and personal." --"The Wall Street Journal" "It's noir raised to the level of art. It's a page-turner but it's also a profound meditation on fate and mortality." --2013 Premior Gregor von Rezzori Prize announcement "Vasquez creates characters whose memories resonate powerfully across an ingeniously interlocking structure...Vasquez creates a compelling literary work--one where an engaging narrative envelops poignant memories of a fraught historical period." --"The New Republic" ""The