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The Sound of Things Falling
Paperback - English

* National Bestseller and Dublin Literary Award winner
* 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

An intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia, from international fiction star Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez 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 New York Times-bestselling, award-winning, gorgeously wrought novel, Vásquez confronts the history of his home country, Colombia.

In the city of Bogotá, 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 Medellín 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.

Vásquez 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 his literary star--even higher.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
159463274X
EAN
9781594632747
Publisher
Publication Date
03/06/2014
Pages
320
Dimension
20.32cm x 12.95cm x 2.54cm
Age Group
18 and above
Grades
College Freshman to UP
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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