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The Sound of Things Falling

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel
The dark, brilliant new novel by the author of The Informersand The Secret History of Costaguana.

No sooner does he get to know Ricardo Laverde than disaffected young Colombian lawyer Antonio Yammara realises that his new friend has a secret, or rather several secrets. Antonio's fascination with the life of ex-pilot Ricardo Laverde begins by casual acquaintance in a seedy Bogotá billiard hall and grows until the day Ricardo receives a cassette tape in an unmarked envelope. Asking Antonio to find him somewhere private to play it, they go to a library. The first time he glances up from his seat in the next booth, Antonio sees tears running down Laverde's cheeks; the next, the ex-pilot has gone.

Shortly afterwards, Ricardo is shot dead on a street corner in Bogotá by a guy on the back of a motorbike and Antonio is caught in the hail of bullets. Lucky to survive, and more out of love with life than ever, he starts asking questions until the questions become an obsession that leads him to Laverde's daughter. His troubled investigation leads all the way back to the early 1960s, marijuana smuggling and a time before the cocaine trade trapped a whole generation of Colombians in a living nightmare of fear and random death.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez is one of the leading novelists of his generation, and The Sound of Things Fallingthat tackles what became of Colombia in the time of Pablo Escobar is his best book to date.


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Praise for this book

"A masterful writer." - Nicole Krauss

"One of the most original new voices in Latin American Literature." - Mario Vargas Llosa

"A thrilling new discovery." - Colm Tóibín


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