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The Shape of the Ruins – Juan Gabriel Vasquez


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Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019

“The novel is an intoxicating blend of fact and fiction”  – Glasgow Herald

Vasquez’s latest book, a collection of short stories called “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.

N.B. Publication dates mean that we although can take advance orders, we are only able to release the books at or around the publication date.

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Synopsis: Vasquez’s novel takes the form of personal and formal investigations into two political assassinations – the murders of Rafael Uribe (in 1914, the man who inspired García Márquez’s General Buendia in One Hundred Years of Solitude), and of the charismatic Jorge Eliécer Gaitán (the man who might have been Colombia’s J.F.K.), gunned down on the brink of success in the presidential elections of 1948. Separated by more than 30 years, the two murders at first appear unconnected, but as the novel progresses Vásquez reveals how between them they contain the seeds of the violence that has bedevilled Colombia ever since. (Text from MacLehose Press)

Author: Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Title: The Shape of the Ruins
Publisher: MacLehose Press
ISBN: 9780857056610
Original Publication Date: 11/04/19
This Edition Published: 11/04/19
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512pp




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