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The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
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Sep 24, 2019 | ISBN 9780735211155

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Finalist for The Man Booker International Prize 2019
“This is the big, sweeping book of Colombia that Vásquez has been building up to—a novel that obsessively re-examines the fanaticism and deceptions at the heart of Colombia’s past and present.” —Vanity Fair
“Teeming with crackpots and idealists, doomed leaders and those who would avenge their deaths, this is a novel with a surplus of interesting characters. Its plot, meanwhile, is constantly churning. Readers who think they can foresee what’s coming next will find that they’re wrong.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“[A] sweeping and magisterial novel.” —Washington Post
“Juan Gabriel Vásquez is the most famous novelist to come out of Colombia since Gabriel García Márquez… Deftly weaving fact into fiction, the novel asks if official history can ever add up to more than victors’ propaganda that buries other versions of the past.” —The Economist
“This compelling read is more than a standard mystery; it interrogates the way moments of violence in Colombia’s past have retained their power long after they are over.”—Time Magazine
The Shape of the Ruins is far more than a tutorial; it’s a gripping Deep State novel that richly illuminates how the powerful brutalize the powerless. Its implications should serve as a cautionary tale for other nations under authoritarian threats. Vásquez has written the epic of his people.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“[P]acked with history, alternate history, and a keen, mischievous sense of historical humor.” —Michael Schaub, NPR Books
“Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Shape of the Ruins is a highly sophisticated, fast-moving political thriller set in Colombia and an excellent read.” —Alan Furst
“One of the great novels of recent years.” —Mario Vargas Llosa
“Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s latest and most ambitious novel…. A dazzlingly choreographed network of echoes and mirrorings.” —Times Literary Supplement
“[A] clever, labyrinthine, thoroughly enjoyable historical novel.” —The Guardian
“A reinventor of Latin American literature in the 21st century.” —Jonathan Franzen
“A return to form and a major achievement for la novela negra…Gabriel Vásquez has an incredible grasp on tone and manages to keep a certain aloofness to the novel’s voice, while simultaneously plunging us into distorted, traumatized minds. This is the novel I’ll be foisting on people all fall.” – Crime Reads
“With utmost skill, Vásquez has us accompany him in his detective work, proposing a reflection on ghosts from the past and the inheritance of blame, doubt and fear.” —El País
“Vásquez’s captivating, disquieting account of a writer’s journey through the shadowy terrain of his country’s past dynamically illustrates how violence damages survivors, lies erode society, and fiction can convey truths history omits.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A Paul Auster-style intellectual thriller… This book, by design, is immersive in the way quicksand is, pulling the reader in directions often best resisted… A fine work of art about the blurry line between truth and artifice.”—Kirkus Reviews

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