Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author’s father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the writing, it paints an unforgettable picture of a man who followed his conscience and paid for it with his life during one of the darkest periods in Latin America’s recent history.
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Abad waited 20 years to write this account. At one point he mentions the “twin dangers of nostalgia and despairing bitterness”...The passage of time seems to have given him just enough distance to overcome these dangers.Read Full Review of Oblivion | See more reviews from NY Times
Its cathartic last pages, with their profound reflections on death and oblivion, are a powerful reminder of how the recalling of a person is a way of bringing back to life, and of deferring for a "moment more" the void that awaits us all.Read Full Review of Oblivion
This desire to explore the echoes of memory with meticulous care, to touch the wound of the past through lucid prose, is an act of valor.Read Full Review of Oblivion
The key to the memoir’s triumph is Abad’s deft handling of memory.Read Full Review of Oblivion
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