The Shape of the Ruins

The Shape of the Ruins

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 03/05/2018
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019 It takes the form of personal and formal investigations into two political assassinations - the murders of Rafael Uribe Uribe in 1914, the man who inspired Garcia Marquez's General Buendia in One Hundred Years of Solitude, and of the charismatic Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, 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 Vasquez reveals how between them they contain the seeds of the violence that has bedevilled Colombia ever since. The Shape of the Ruins is Vasquez's most ambitious, challenging and rewarding novel to date. His previous novel, The Sound of Things Falling, won Spain's Alfaguara Prize, Italy's Von Rezzori Prize and the 2014 Dublin IMPAC literary Award.

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780857056580
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Weight: 642g
  • Dimensions: 225 x 194 x 43 mm

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The Shape of the Ruins
A fascinating novel about a fascinating country
his is a wonderfully captivating and fascinating read on so many levels. How to describe it? It’s an experience, a visit to a country as it goes through th... READ MORE
The Shape of the Ruins
Novel set in COLOMBIA
A blend of autobiography, historical narrative and criminal investigation, The Shape of the Ruins is a gripping tale of intrigue and conspiracy set in Colo... READ MORE
The Shape of the Ruins
Political, humane, literary
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... READ MORE
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