The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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When Gabriel Santoro publishes his first book, a biography of a Jewish family friend who fled Germany for Colombia shortly before World War Two, it never occurs to him that his father will write a devastating review in a national newspaper. Why does he attack him so viciously? Do the pages of his book unwittingly hide some dangerous secret? As Gabriel sets out to discover what lies behind his father's anger, he finds himself undertaking an examination of the guilt and complicity at the heart of Colombian society, as one treacherous act perpetrated in those dark days returns with a vengeance half a century later.

About Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez ’s previous books include The Informers, which was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and The Secret History of Costaguana, which won the Qwerty Prize in Barcelona. His books have been published in fifteen languages worldwide. He lives in Bogotá.
Published May 1, 2012 by Bloomsbury Paperbacks. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The twin themes of betrayal and atonement in “The Informers” recall Conrad, specifically “Under Western Eyes.” And Mr. Vásquez’s second novel, “The Secret History of Costaguana,” not yet available in English, offers a Borges-like alternate version of Conrad’s “Nostromo” in which Conrad himself is...

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As well as endorsements from Mario Varga Llosa and Carlos Fuentes (check!) we have: 'For anyone who has read the entire works of Gabriel García Marquez and is in search of a new Columbian novelist, then Juan Gabriel Vásquez's The Informers is a thrilling new discovery.' Colm Toíbin 'Juan Gabrie...

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That’s why it’s so disconcerting when a man changes after death.” Tagged with: Latin America • terror • World War II • writing This review is poorly written and offensive.

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