Tag Archives: Novels about Colombia

La Perra- The Dog- by Pilar Quintana

I was really excited to come across this moving short novel by Pilar Quintana when in Colombia last winter. The writer was profiled in Semana in January when she was awarded the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana for La Perra– this … Continue reading

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The Shape of the Ruins-La forma de las Ruinas- by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated by Anne McLean

This most recent novel by the acclaimed Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a complex, almost labyrinthine novel which examines history through the lens of conspiracy theories and theorists. It is multi layered in that it deals with two pivotal … Continue reading

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The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico

This carefully plotted collection of short stories is set in and around Cali, one of Colombia’s largest cities, and an area which saw some of the worst violence in the recent troubled decades. The protagonists come from a wide range … Continue reading

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Delirium-by Laura Restrepo

This brilliant and moving novel, set in Colombia, begins when Aquilar returns from a short trip to find that his wife has gone crazy: he left her decorating their apartment and returned to find her in a random hotel room, … Continue reading

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The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated by Anne McLean-a Colombian story?

This is a story of informers and betrayal. Set in the Colombia of 1991, the narrative goes back to the Second World War and Colombia’s role as a place of refuge for Europeans of every political hue: German Jewish escapees … Continue reading

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Las Reputaciones- Juan Gabriel Vasquez ( translated into English as ‘Reputations’ by Anne Mclean)

This slim novel by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (author of ‘The Sound of Things Falling’ and ‘Dogs of War’) is set again in his native Columbia. The protagonist, Javier Mallarino, is a political cartoonist and the book deals with the fragility … Continue reading

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The Sound of Things Falling- Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated by Anne McLean

I had never heard of Juan Gabriel Vasquez before reading in the Guardian Review that his book ‘The Sound of things falling’ had won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A few months later I came across the book itself in … Continue reading

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