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Though inspired by the geography and history of Colombia, Conrad's Nostromo, published in 1904, is not a faithful depiction of Vásquez's homeland, any more than Vásquez's Conrad is a faithful depiction of Conrad.Jun 04 2010 | Read Full Review of The Secret History of Costaguana
Columbian writer, Juan Gabriel Vásquez imagines that the fictitious José Altamirano has assisted Conrad in his research by telling him his own story, only to find that the British novelist has subsequently inexcusably omitted him from his book.May 30 2010 | Read Full Review of The Secret History of Costaguana
The barrels of Chinese men lead, by various direct or convoluted routes, to a cholera epidemic, José Altamirano's conception and Miguel Altamirano's passionate championship of the French effort "to part the land as Moses parted the sea."Jul 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Secret History of Costaguana
But perhaps it is its ambitions that doom this novel, as the reader is often left both wanting more clarity and less detail from the author, who has bitten off more than he can chew in attempting to tackle so many different narrative themes at once.Apr 26 2012 | Read Full Review of The Secret History of Costaguana
Vásquez loses none of his narrative virtuosity, but halfway through his book begins to pall, partly because the mixture of personal and political no longer seems to gel, and partly because he also begins to tell the parallel story of Conrad in Europe and Africa.Jun 18 2011 | Read Full Review of The Secret History of Costaguana
But in Juan Gabriel Vásquez's novel The Secret History of Costaguana, we uncover the hidden source- and one of the great literary thefts.
On the day of Joseph Conrad's death in 1924, the Colombian-born José Altamirano begins to write and cannot stop.
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