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Titre : The Sound of Things Falling
Éditeur : Bloomsbury
Date d'édition : 2012
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Edition : 1st Edition
Fine in fine jacket with a very slight spine slant. First U.K. edition, first printing. This is the true first edition in english published on November 8, 2012 in London. The US Riverhead edition was published August 1, 2013. The UK edition appears to be relatively scarce. The book won the 2014 Dublin Impac Prize among others. Vasquez is a Colombian writer, and this is his third book published in english. N° de réf. du libraire 001671
Synopsis : No sooner does he get to know Ricardo Laverde than disaffected young Colombian lawyer Antonio Yammara realises that his new friend has a secret, or rather several secrets. Antonio's fascination with the life of ex-pilot Ricardo Laverde begins by casual acquaintance in a seedy Bogota billiard hall and grows until the day Ricardo receives a cassette tape in an unmarked envelope. Asking Antonio to find him somewhere private to play it, they go to a library. The first time he glances up from his seat in the next booth, Antonio sees tears running down Laverde's cheeks; the next, the ex-pilot has gone. Shortly afterwards, Ricardo is shot dead on a street corner in Bogota by a guy on the back of a motorbike and Antonio is caught in the hail of bullets. Lucky to survive, and more out of love with life than ever, he starts asking questions until the questions become an obsession that leads him to Laverde's daughter. His troubled investigation leads all the way back to the early 1960s, marijuana smuggling and a time before the cocaine trade trapped a whole generation of Colombians in a living nightmare of fear and random death. Juan Gabriel Vasquez is one of the leading novelists of his generation, and The Sound of Things Falling that tackles what became of Colombia in the time of Pablo Escobar is his best book to date.
Critique: An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: Juan Gabriel Vasquez will draw comparisons to other major Latin American icons. But while the influence of Roberto Bolaño, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel García Márquez are present throughout his second novel, The Sound of Things Falling, he is a unique literary talent. Translated from Spanish (and exceptionally well, at that), Vasquez moves swiftly and subtly, opening in Bogota, Colombia, reflecting on the mid-?70s when the country was being taken over by drug lords and cartels (fueled by the U.S.?s hunger for cocaine). Law professor Antonio Yammara finds his fate intertwined with that of a shady ex-pilot named Laverde. But Things Falling is so much more than a drug story. This is a sensory novel. Antonio wrestles with the way he interprets by his surroundings, by how the external world affects the internal. ?[I]t?s always disconcerting to discover, when it?s another person who brings us the revelation, the slight or complete lack of control we have over our own experience.? The Sound of Things Falling does so much at once: it?s a novel about how the U.S. dangerously influences Latin America, how the present never escapes the past, and how fragile our relationships--romantic and familial--can be. --Kevin Nguyen
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