Songs For The Flames – Juan Gabriel Vasquez
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Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
“Juan Gabriel Vasquez . . . has succeeded Garcia Marquez as the literary grandmaster of Colombia” – ARIEL DORFMAN, New York Review of Books
“Songs For The Flames will be the Litfest International Fiction Book Club book for October 2021 and Juan Gabriel Vasquez will be delivering the first ever Lancaster International Fiction Lecture on October 12th. See https://litfest.org/autumnintfic/ for details.
Special Offer: This book is being offered p&p free (shown as £3.20 off the RRP) during Sept-Oct 2021, to tie in with the author event which is a part of our Autumn Weekend programme. See the Autumn Weekend programme for full details of the author event.
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Synopsis: A renowned photographer probes a traumatic incident in the life of a fellow guest at a countryside ranch. A chance meeting at a regimental reunion obliges a Korean War veteran to confront a shameful secret. And in the title story, an internet search for a book published in 1887 leads to the discovery of the life of a remarkable woman: Aurelia de Leon, who arrives in Colombia as a child orphan of the Great War, but as a free-spirited adult runs foul of her adoptive country’s deep conservatism. The characters in Songs for the Flames are all men and women touched by violence – sometimes directly, sometimes tangentially – but the lives of all of them are irrevocably changed by the experience. (Text from Quercus)
Author: Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Title: Songs For The Flames
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Original Publication Date: 03/09/20
This Edition Published: 16/09/21