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The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

Author: Juan Gabriel Vasquez
$19.99(AUD)  inc GST
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No sooner does he get to know Ricardo Laverde than disaffected young Colombian lawyer Antonio Yammara realizes 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.
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The dark, brilliant new novel by the author of The Informers and The Secret History of Costaguana.


A powerful, humane novel about a man trying to make sense of a war he didn't choose to fight Kate Saunders, The Times The story is compelling but through Vasquez's vivid prose (rendered brilliantly into English by the award-winning translator Anne McLean) it also becomes haunting ... A poignant and perturbing tale about the inheritance of fear in a country scrabbling to regain its soul Financial 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 compelling and original psychological thriller Daily Telegraph Excellent ... Vasquez follows Balzac's maxim that "novels are the private history of nations" -- Alastair Smart Sunday Telegraph A gripping novel, absorbing right to the end Edmund White, New York Times Book Review

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General Fields

  • : 9781408831618
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : January 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2013
  • : books

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  • : 1114
  • : Paperback