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Songs for the Flames: Stories
Paperback - English

A new collection of electric, searing stories from award-winning, bestselling author Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

The characters in Songs for the Flames are men and women touched by violence--sometimes directly, sometimes only in passing--but whose lives are changed forever, consumed by fire and by unexpected encounters and unyielding forces.

A photographer becomes obsessed with the traumatic past that an elegant woman, a fellow guest staying at a countryside ranch, would rather leave behind. A military reunion forces a soldier to confront a troubling history, both personal and on a larger scale. And in a tour-de-force piece, the search for a book leads a writer to the fascinating story of why a woman is buried next to a graveyard, rather than in it--and the remarkable account of her journey from France to Colombia as a child orphan.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez returns to stories with these nine morally complex tales, fresh proof of his narrative versatility and his profound understanding of the lives of others. There's a romantic wistfulness that combusts with the realities of dangerous histories, both personal and political, to throw these characters into the flames from which they either emerge purified, reborn, or burned and destroyed.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
0593190149
EAN
9780593190142
Publisher
Publication Date
02/08/2022
Pages
272
Dimension
20.35cm x 13.08cm x 2.01cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author




McLean, Anne
Javier Cercas is the author of novels, stories and essays. His novel "Soldiers of Salamis "has sold over 500,000 copies in Spain, been filmed and has been published in twenty languages. He lives in Girona, where he teaches Spanish Literature at the University.

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