Litfest International Fiction Book Club: Juan Gabriel Vásquez – Songs for the Flames
11th October, 2021, 6.30pm, online
The Litfest International Fiction Book Club was launched in April 2020 with Lars Mytting’s The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, for which the author joined us by Zoom from Norway. Since then, the club has discussed a book each month, often with the writer, translator or editor. Among our guests have been authors Delphine de Vigan, Daniel Kehlman and Andrey Kurkov, and translators Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Olga Tokarczuk), Margaret Jull Costa (Javier Marías), Carlos Rojas (Yan Lianke) and Sasha Dugdale (Maria Stepanova).
For this special edition of the book club we are delighted to welcome the acclaimed Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez and his translator Anne McLean to discuss his novels, his latest story collection, the morally complex Songs for the Flames, and the art of translation.
‘Like Bolaño, [he] is a master stylist and a virtuoso of patient pacing and intricate structure’ – Lev Grossman, Time Magazine
Juan Gabriel Vásquez is the author of The Informers (2008), The Secret History of Costaguana (2010), The Sound of Things Falling (2013), Reputations (2016) and the Booker International-shortlisted, The Shape of the Ruins (2019). Anne McLean has translated all his books into English, and has also translated work by Hector Abad, Javier Cercas, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Mårquez, Evelio Rosero and Enrique Vila-Matas.
Photo: Daniel Mordzinski