Vásquez, Juan Gabriel

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Here, truth really is stranger than fiction--or in this case, more “novelable”--and the retention of the photos and excerpts of Marianella’s diary from the Spanish text contributes to the veracity of an engaging work.


This fourth novel by one of the newest generation of Colombian writers will appeal to readers seeking a captivating and thought-provoking experience. [See Prepub Alert, 3/7/16.]

Lovers on All Saints' Day

These early efforts by a bright new star in Latin American literature stand on their own as examinations of imperfect communication in severely wounded relationships in which love (but not necessarily sex) has long ago disappeared. But despite some clever scenarios and a profound knowledge of hunting (another unifying factor), the sometimes awkward dialog, skeletal plots, and open endings may leave readers dangling.

The Sound of Things Falling

The compelling Vásquez strikes comparisons that hold up even in translation. Readers expecting a thrilling reenactment of the Colombian drug wars of the 1990s should look elsewhere, but those seeking a more genuine and magnificently written examination of memory's persistence will be satisfied. [See Prepub Alert, 2/25/13.]

The Secret History of Costaguana

Not all readers have the background to grasp Vásquez's premise, but the descriptions here, particularly of the two attempts to build the Panama Canal, are very entertaining. [See Prepub Alert, 11/29/10.]—Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., OH

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