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The Informers
Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez Anne McLean

RRP €11.99

The Informers
Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
by Author Name Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Anne McLean

Book details for title
List Price:11.99
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 21mm, 352pp
Publication date: 06 Apr 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN-13: 9780747596516

Description

When Gabriel Santoro publishes his first book, a biography of a Jewish family friend who fled Germany for Colombia shortly before World War Two, it never occurs to him that his father will write a devastating review in a national newspaper. Why does he attack him so viciously? Do the pages of his book unwittingly hide some dangerous secret? As Gabriel sets out to discover what lies behind his father's anger, he finds himself undertaking an examination of the guilt and complicity at the heart of Colombian society, as one treacherous act perpetrated in those dark days returns with a vengeance half a century later.

Reviews

'For anyone who has read the entire works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and is in search of a new Colombian novelist, then Juan Gabriel Vasquez's The Informers is a thrilling new discovery' Colm Toibin, Guardian 'A fine and frightening study of how the past preys upon the present' John Banville 'Like Sebald, Vasquez is interested in survivors and in the distortions of history and memory ... One of this year's outstanding books' Financial Times 'The examination of the consequences that a single act can have not only for the person committing it but also, through the ripple effect, for many others brings us into the territory of Ian McEwan's Atonement ... an extraordinary tale' Guardian