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The Shape of the Ruins

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019

"Like Don DeLillo's JFK-themed Libra, the novel is an intoxicating blend of fact and fiction" Glasgow Herald

"A masterful writer" Nicole Krauss

"Vasquez has succeeded García Márquez as the literary grandmaster of Colombia" Ariel Dorfman, New York Review of Books

"A dazzlingly choreographed network of echoes and mirrorings" T.L.S.

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 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.

The Shape of the Ruins is Vásquez'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.

Winner of the Prémio Literário Casino da Póvoa 2018
Finalist for the Bienal de Novela Mario Vargas Llosa 2016
Finalist for the Premio Bottari Lattes Grinzane 2017
Finalist for the Prix Fémina
Finalist for the Prix Médicis

Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean

Genre: Literary Fiction

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April 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: A Novel
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 1-4328-6211-1 / 978-1-4328-6211-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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September 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: A Novel
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 0-7352-1114-0 / 978-0-7352-1114-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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May 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 0-85705-658-1 / 978-0-85705-658-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: A Novel
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 0-7352-1115-9 / 978-0-7352-1115-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 0-85705-661-1 / 978-0-85705-661-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
ISBN: 0-85705-659-X / 978-0-85705-659-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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Audio Editions

September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: A Novel
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: A Novel
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: A Novel
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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May 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Shape of the Ruins: Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019
Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU