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Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Spain (b.1973)

Juan Gabriel Vásquez was born in Bogota in 1973. His books include the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin award winner and national bestseller, The Sound of Things Falling, as well as the award-winning The Informers and The Secret History of Costaguana. Vásquezs books have been published in seventeen languages world-wide, and he is the recipient of the Prix Roger Caillois in France and the Alfaguara Prize in Spain. After sixteen years in France, Belgium, and Spain, he now lives in Bogotá .

   Lovers on All Saints' Day (2015)
     aka The All Saints' Day Lovers
   Songs for the Flames (2020)
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel winner (2014) : The Sound of Things Falling
International Booker Prize Best Book nominee (2019) : The Shape of the Ruins

Juan Gabriel Vásquez recommends
Fever Dream (2017)
Samanta Schweblin
"A wonderful nightmare of a book: tender and frightening, disturbing but compassionate."
After the Winter (2018)
Guadalupe Nettel
"It has been a long time since I have found in the literature of my generation a world as personal and untransferable."
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (2019)
Elif Shafak
"A heartbreaking meditation on the ways in which social forces can destroy a life. Elif Shafak can be unsparing, lyrical, political, intimate... Several novels live in this one, and all of them are moving, generous and elegantly written."
A Luminous Republic (2020)
Andrés Barba
"Disturbing and melancholy, disquieting without tricks and beautiful without artifice, A Luminous Republic is an engrossing tale of unusual moral precision. It could be read as a Lord of the Flies seen from the other side, but then we would be robbing Andrés Barba of the profound originality of his world, which is unlike anything the reader might have encountered. A triumph."
Fracture (2020)
Andrés Neuman
"Fracture is adventurous, big-hearted and seductive, and it has an appetite for life that is, to me, the trademark of great fiction. Neuman is as generous here as ever."
The Bitch (2020)
Pilar Quintana
"The magic of this sparse novel is its ability to talk about many things, all of them important, while seemingly talking about something else entirely. What are those things? Violence, loneliness, resilience, cruelty. Quintana works wonders with her disillusioned, no-nonsense, powerful prose."
Hades, Argentina (2021)
Daniel Loedel
"Loedel writes in the venerable Argentinian tradition of mixing the political and the supernatural, but his novel comes from a different language and a new sensibility. It took me to places I had never visited before."
More Than I Love My Life (2021)
David Grossman
"Nobody can see the political in the personal like David Grossman. He is an interpreter of hearts and an investigator of social forces. Every book he writes is a revelation."

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