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Retrospective by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
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May 07, 2024 | ISBN 9780593539620

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Winner of the Biennial Mario Vargas Llosa Novel Prize
Winner of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger

Praise for Retrospective

“Imagine two Colombian adolescents as the only guests in a Communist party foreigners’ hotel in China. Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a Colombian writer with the talent to keep a magician’s equilibrium between reality and fiction…. Fascinating… Beautifully written and gripping.” — Gioconda Belli, The Guardian
“Juan Gabriel Vásquez is one of the most impressive novelists currently writing in Latin America… [H]e has produced half a dozen major works, to which Retrospective is a masterly addition.” – Times Literary Supplement
“One of the great novels to have been written in our language.” – Mario Vargas Llosa

“Vásquez’s portrait of Sergio—based on more than 30 hours of interviews with Cabrera, according to an author’s note—isn’t simply a critique of authoritarian doctrine. Rather, the story is a more tender bildungsroman about the ways that heartbreak and political disillusionment intertwine to form our personalities… A strong entry in the author’s careerlong exploration of the ways the political winds can change an artist’s fortunes. A sharp study of the perils of ideology in collision with art.” – Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Juan Gabriel Vásquez

“Masterly.” —Yiyun Li, New York Times Book Review

“Razor-sharp.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

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