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The Shape of the Ruins , Borges Bola o . A Sweeping Tale Of Conspiracy Theories, Assassinations, And Twisted Obsessions The Much Anticipated Masterpiece From Juan Gabriel Vasquez The Shape Of The Ruins Is A Masterly Story Of Conspiracy, Political Obsession, And Literary Investigation When A Man Is Arrested At A Museum For Attempting To Steal The Bullet Ridden Suit Of A Murdered Colombian Politician, Few Notice But Soon This Thwarted Theft Takes On Greater Meaning As It Becomes A Thread In A Widening Web Of Popular Fixations With Conspiracy Theories, Assassinations, And Historical Secrets And It Haunts Those Who Feel That Only They Know The Real Truth Behind These Killings.This Novel Explores The Darkest Moments Of A Country S Past And Brings To Life The Ways In Which Past Violence Shapes Our Present Lives A Compulsive Read, Beautiful And Profound, Eerily Relevant To Our Times And Deeply Personal, The Shape Of The Ruins Is A Tour De Force Story By A Master At Uncovering The Incisive Wounds Of Our Memories. Delighted to see this now on the MBI 2019 long listthere are truths that don t happen in those places, truths that nobody writes down because they re invisible There are millions of things that happen in special places they are places that are not within the reach of historians or journalists They are not invented places they are not fictions, they are very real as real as anything told in the newspapers But they don t survive They stay there, without anybody to tell them This is a marvellous book but, strangely for me, it s hard to put my finger precisely on what makes it so powerful and, ultimately, moving Straddling that contested area between fact and fiction, where the narrator shares the name of the author, this certainly has the postmodern feel of Eco s Foucault s Pendulum crossed with the historical self consciousness of Binet s HHhH I m confident that readers better versed in Latin American literature than I am will spot other influences and literary relationships.On one level this narrates key episodes in the C20th history of Columbia via, especially, two assassinations of Leftist leaders Alongside this, however, are richer veins that meditate on history and story telling, on the interpenetration of past and present, on inheritances in personal, national and e I m sorry to spoil your theories, but someone had to tell you one day that Santa Claus was your parents.The Shape of Ruins translated wonderfully as ever by Anne McLean from Juan Gabriel V squez s La forma de las ruinas is based around two pivotal assassinations in 20th Century Colombian political history, and the conspiracy theories that swirled around each There are two ways to view or contemplate what we call history one is the accidental vision, for which history is the fateful product of an infinite chain of irrational acts, unpredictable contingencies and random events life as unremitting chaos which we human beings try desperately to order and the other is the conspiratorial vision, a scenario of shadows and invisible hands and eyes that spy and voices that whisper in corners, a theatre in which everything happens for a reason, accidents don t exist and much less coincidences, and where the causes of events are silenced for reasons nobody knows In politics, nothing happens by accident, Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way This phrase, which I haven t been able to find quoted in any reliable source, Jorge Elei cer Gait n 1903 1948 Juan Gabriel V squez nasceu em 1973 em Bogot , Col mbia na Nota do Autor no final de A Forma das Ru nas 2015 informa A Forma das Ru nas uma obra de fic o As personagens, os incidentes, os documentos e os epis dios da realidade, presente ou passada, s o aqui usados de forma romanceada e com as liberdades pr prias da imagina o liter ria O leitor que queira encontrar neste livro coincid ncias com a vida real ter de o fazer sob a sua pr pria responsabilidade Carlos Carballo um colombiano atormentado, obcecado com a morte de um l der pol tico Jorge Elei cer Gait n 1903 1948 assassinado em 1948, em plena guerra pol tica que culminou com o denominado Botogazo, cujas terr veis consequ ncias mudaram permanentemente o mapa pol tico, social e cultural do pa s que tenta averiguar quais foram as for as conspirativas que perpetraram t o hediondo crime, com o registo da eventual impunidade criminal decorrente de manobras e enredos distorcidos pelos pol ticos colombianos Juan Gabriel V squez acaba compelido por Carlos Carballo a aprofundar esses segredos, apesar de inicialmente desdenhar as extravag ncias e as obsess es do seu interlocutor, convencido d , 3 , 3 , 2 700 , Vasquez Vasquez ,. 4.5REVIEW IN ENGLISH NO SPOILERS I need to read colombian authors, because my comfort zone is not the literature of my country Thanks to a book swap, this book came into my hands And it was a very good decision.Juan Gabriel V squez 1973 is a lawyer, columnist, writer and translator from Bogot who emigrated very young to Europe and spent than a decade residing in Barcelona He has several novels translated into english, if you want to read them Juan Gabriel was one of those authors that you saw his face in banners at book fairs, so he is way too promoted by this publishing house I have my doubts but now I can firmly say that this book is good.Click below if you want to continue reading 3 No spoilers inside view spoiler Juan Gabriel returned to Bogot , after living 16 years in Barcelona It took him some time to become accustomed to his country The novel starts when he tells us his story in the past and in the present, when he met a man named Carlos Carballo Also the nature of his relationsh Or are you going to tell me that known history is the only version of things No, please, don t be so naive What you call history is no than the winning story, Vasquez Someone made that story and not others win, and that s why we believe it today Or rather we believe it because it got written down, because it wasn t lost in the endless hole of words that only get said, or even worse, that aren t even spoken, but are only thought This book revolves around two assassinations In October 1914, General Rafael Uribe Uribe was hacked to death by two men He was the indisputable leader of the Liberal party, senator of the Republic of Colombia and veteran of four civil wars Almost 34 years later, on 9 April 1948, Liberal presidential candidate a potential Colombian JFK Jorge Eliecer Gaitan was shot and killed by Juan Roa Sierra, who was immediately beaten to death by a mob most notably, for this book, before anyone could learn anything about his motives or any associates he may have had In the first part of the book, we are gradually pulled into a world of conspiracy I discovered the existence of this book in a review by the Guardian I had no prior knowledge of the author or of Colombian history but the review was so well written and the book synopsis so intriguing I added it to my ever growing to read list The Shape of the Ruins focuses on two keys events in Colombian history the 1914 murder of General Rafael Uribe Uribe and the 1948 assassination of Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Vasquez combines fact with what I ll call speculative fiction, because although the murderers in both cases are known this book looks at possible conspiracies and shady goings on in the higher echelons of the government and other powerful organisations The facts are utterly fascinating especially as, other than Pablo Escobar, I was ignorant of Colombia s past Gaitan is seen as a JFK type figure and a great deal of similarities are drawn between them Both wanted change and both attracted the wrong kind of attention April 9th 1948 in Colombia is as infamous as 22nd November 1963 in the USA, although the fallout in Colombia was marred by blood and violence The speculation, as is usually the case, is far i I read this book due to its inclusion on the 2019 Man Booker International Shortlist a list I have found distinctly underwhelming particularly when its seems a common view from those who follow translated fiction prizes closely, that the shortlist this year was much the best pick of a weaker longlist.Paul has already written an extremely comprehensive review of the book here which gives much of the historical context to the novel as well as explaining its structure.https www.goodreads.com review showThis excellent review in the LA Review of Books sums up some of my issues with the bookhttps lareviewofbooks.org article rI read the book in a single sitting, which I think should work to the book s benefit as it makes it much easier to follow the two main assassinations, to spot the links between them, to be able to pick up the various witnesses and alleged incidents around the Uribe Uribe assassination, and to immerse oneself in the world of conspiracy theories.In practice it was n


About the Author: Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Estudi Derecho en su ciudad natal, en la Universidad del Rosario, y despu s de graduarse, parti a Francia, donde se instal en Par s 1996 99 All , en La Sorbona se doctor en Literatura Latinoamericana Luego se mud a un peque o pueblo de la regi n de Ardenas, en B lgica Despu s de un a o de vivir all , V squez se instal en Barcelona Actualmente vive cerca a su ciudad natal en Colombia.V


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