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Juan Gabriel Vásquez

 Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The Sound of Things Falling
12 November 2012, 18.30-19.30 (PAST EVENT)
Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol (see map)


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The Sound of Things Falling is the dark, brilliant new novel by the author of The Informers and The Secret History of Costaguana. 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 the ex-pilot becomes a troubled investigation that leads him 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 Vásquez is one of the leading novelists of his generation, and The Sound of Things Falling, which tackles what became of Colombia in the time of Pablo Escobar, is his best book to date. He discusses his work, Colombia, and Latin American politics and history with writer and journalist James Woodall, biographer of Jorge Luis Borges, The Man in the Mirror of the Book, among others. James is currently an Associate Editor of Prospect magazine.


Juan Gabriel Vásquez is one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature’ says Mario Vargas Llosa. Vásquez’ novel, The Sound of Things Falling, won the 2011 Alfaguara Prize, one of the most prestigious Spanish literary awards. His first novel to be translated into English, The Informers, was shortlisted for the UK’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. His novel The Secret History of Costaguana, has also been translated into English.

James Woodall wrote for the Financial Times, The Economist and Dance Europe, mainly from Berlin. His books include a biography of Jorge Luis Borges, a study of Rio’s music through the life and work of Chico Buarque, and an account of the marriage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. You can read some of his articles at The Arts Desk website.

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