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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
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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 Bogotá 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 Bogotá 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.Review:
A powerful, humane novel about a man trying to make sense of a war he didn't choose to fight (Kate Saunders, The Times)
Compelling ... He holds his narrative together with admirable stylistic control as he shows a world falling apart and the powers of love and language to rebuild it (Anita Sethi, Observer)
A piece of Latin American literary noir that lays bare the costs of the drug trade ... In a return to the thriller form of Vásquez's superb The Informers ... A heartfelt account of the drama suffered by a generation ... Vásquez offers no polemic. Yet as debates on the legalisation of drugs remain weighted towards suffering in consumer countries, this novel affords a rare understanding of the inhuman cost on the other side (Maya Jaggi, Guardian)
The Sound of Things Falling has a strikingly idiosyncratic tone: wistful, elegiac almost, but not at all sentimental ... beautifully written (Irish Times)
Enigmatic (Boyd Tonkin, Independent Books of the Year)
The work reads beautifully. Vasquez's persistence in exploring the darker corners of his country's history, in probing his characters' intractable duality, and in questioning the frailties of memory, is compounded by his skill in evoking those instances when things change forever: such as when the telephone rings(Independent)
Impressed by an expansive novel of Colombia's past and present ... Vasquez follows Balzac's maxim that "novels are the private histories of nations"(Sunday Telegraph)
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