El Ruido de Las Cosas Al Caer. Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2011

El Ruido de Las Cosas Al Caer. Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2011

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The exotic escape and subsequent capture of a hippopotamusthe final remnant of the incongruous zoo Pablo Escobar used to flaunt his poweris the spark that activates the mechanisms of Antonio Yammara s memory, protagonist and narrator of El ruido de las cosas al caera dark balance from a time of terror and violence, set in a Bogota painted as a region full of literary significance. In 1995, Antonio meets the intriguing Ricardo Laverde, a man who has served a 20-year sentence. Laverde, an acknowledged pilot, is part of the group that gathers at the pool hall where Yammara, a young university Law professor, burns what is left of his youth. The two men become fast friends, to the point where Antonio, whose life has always been full of doubts, affirms that a warning hides within his friend s tortuous experience. Antonio will try to understand Laverde s generation (which is also his parent s, with all its love stories), to evaluate their share of innocence and complicity in the creation of a society dominated by corruption, chaos and violence. Yammara s memory takes us on a vibrant journey through Colombia s recent history, bringing back attractive and complex characters. Such is the case of Ricardo Laverde, a character drawn with the mastery of Juan Marse, Mario Vargas Llosa and, in the central image of the pilot, particularly in the idea of a lost or injured one, the hand of Juan Carlos Onetti, whose favorite story by Faulkner, All the dead pilots, he translated."
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  • Paperback | 259 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • Spanish
  • 1616056118
  • 9781616056117
  • 629,398

About Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Bogotá, 1973) es autor de la colección de relatos Los amantes de Todos los Santos y de las novelas Los informantes, Historia secreta de Costaguana, El ruido de las cosas al caer, Las reputaciones y La forma de las ruinas. Ha publicado también una recopilación de ensayos literarios, El arte de la distorsión, y una breve biografía de Joseph Conrad, El hombre de ninguna parte. Sus libros se publican actualmente en veintiocho lenguas y han merecido, entre otros, el Premio Alfaguara, el English Pen Award, el Premio Gregor von Rezzori-Città di Firenze, el IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award, el Premio Real Academia Española, el Premio Casa de Amèrica Latina de Lisboa y el Premio Roger Caillois por el conjunto de su obra, otorgado anteriormente a escritores como Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes y Ricardo Piglia. Ha traducido obras de Joseph Conrad y Victor Hugo, entre otros, y en 2016 fue nombrado Caballero de la Orden de las Artes y las Letras de la República francesa.
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