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The Informers

(2008)
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When Gabriel Santoro publishes his first book, "A Life in Exile", it never occurs to him that his father, a distinguished professor of rhetoric, will write a devastating review in a leading newspaper. The subject seems inoffensive enough: the life of a German Jewish woman (a close family friend) who arrived in Colombia shortly before the Second World War. So why does his father 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 duplicity, guilt and obsession at the heart of Colombian society in World War II, when the introduction of blacklists of German immigrants corrupted and destroyed many lives. Half a century later, in a gripping narrative that unpacks like a set of Russian dolls, one treacherous act perpetrated in those dark days returns with a vengeance, leading the reader towards a literal, moral and metaphorical cliff edge.

With a tightly honed plot, deftly crafted situations, and a cast of complex and varied characters, "The Informers" is a fascinating novel of callous betrayal, complicit secrecy and the long quest for redemption in a secular, cynical world. It heralds the arrival of a major literary talent.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A fine and frightening study of how the past preys upon the present, and an absorbing revelation of a little-known wing of the theatre of the Nazi war." - John Banville


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July 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Informers
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 1-59448-878-9 / 978-1-59448-878-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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May 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Informers: Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 0-7475-9257-8 / 978-0-7475-9257-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Informers
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 1-59448-467-8 / 978-1-59448-467-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Informers: Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 0-7475-9651-4 / 978-0-7475-9651-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Informers: Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Anne McLean
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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June 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Informers
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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