Our Lady of the Assassins by Fernando Vallejo

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"A point in case is his Our Lady of the Assassins, based on the autobiographical novel of one of Colombia's best writers, Fernando Vallejo, whose work has yet to be translated into English and published in the United States. One of the most important new Latin American writers, Vallejo is famous in Colombia and Mexico, of course, and in France as well (where his writing has been compared to the best of Jean Genet's), but is unknown in America.

"Schroeder's [film] Our Lady of the Assassins takes place in Medellin, Colombia, where Schroeder spent four years of his childhood, from age 6 to 10. It's the story of a homosexual writer, possessed of a saturnine temperament, who, after living most of his life abroad, returns to his hometown to revisit the places of his youth. He falls in love with a young boy who packs a pistol but who would sooner kill a stranger than an injured dog. It's a courageous picture about the pathology of indifference, set against the backdrop of the narco-violence of the murder capital of South America."

—Steve Wasserman, Book Editor of the Los Angeles Times.

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Born in Medellin in 1942, Fernando Vallejo moved to Mexico City, where he now lives, in 1971. Our Lady of the Assassins is the first novel to be translated into English of an author who is considered the rising star of Latin American writing.

 

About Fernando Vallejo

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Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1942, Fernando Vallejo has directed three films, written several screenplays and eight books, including several novels. He is regarded as the first Latin American novelist to have broken with the tradition of 'magical realism'. This is the first translation of his work into English.
 
Published July 1, 2001 by Serpent's Tail. 144 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It reveals, in its absurd excesses, the ethical mayhem that rules large parts of Columbia today - a moral chaos epitomised by Fernando's unconditional love for his teenage killer and his warped excuses for Alexis's unhinged violence.

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Publishers Weekly

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Everyone in the story is so obviously doomed that by the time the grammarian takes up with Alexis's killer, it is impossible to work up much interest in their foreordained fates.

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Time Out New York

Novelist Fernando (stage actor Jaramillo) comes home to Medellín 'to die' after spending most of his life abroad.

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