The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

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* National Bestseller and winner of the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award * Hailed by Edmund White as "a brilliant new novel" on the cover of the "New York Times Book Review" * 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."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 162.56 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Riverhead Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1594487480
  • 9781594487484
  • 566,192

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Praise for "The Sound of Things Falling" "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 "If you only read one book this month..." - "Esquire" "Razor-sharp" - "O, the Oprah Magazine" "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" UK Praise for "The Sound of Things Falling" "Vasquez shows how the personal is linked to the political... The story is compelling but through Vasquez's vivid prose (rendered brilliantly into English by the award-winning translator Anne McLean) it also becomes haunting.... [A] poignant and perturbing tale about the inheritance of fear in a country scrabbling to regain its soul." - "Financial Times" "[C]ompelling, beautifully translated.... [E]lucidates with great acuity the complex relationship between memory and trauma... In this hugely affecting novel, it is the silent suffering that haunts the most.... Engrossing.... Vasquez holds his tightly crafted narrative together with admirable stylistic control as he shows a world falling apart and the redemptive powers of love and language to rebuild it." - "The Guardian"show more

About Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Juan Gabriel Vasquez s books include the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner and national bestseller, "The Sound of Things Falling," as well as the award-winning"The Informers"and"The Secret History of Costaguana."Vasquez s novels have been published in seventeen languages worldwide. After sixteen years in France, Belgium, and Spain, he now lives in Bogota."show more

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