La virgen de los sicarios
Not to be confused with Our Lady of the Lavatory:
but equally creepy, is Fernando Vallejo’s Our Lady of the Assassins. How did it ever occur to someone to ensconce images of their deities in half-buried bathtubs? Something about it just seems odd.
Ryan's review is probably the best place to begin consideration of whether or not to read this one—this definitely isn’t a book for everyone. Of OLotA, Mario Vargas Llosa said, “Rooted in heartbreaking experience and crackling with h...more
Cruda y sarcástica esta novela esta cargada de denuncias contra aquellas instituciones (la iglesia, el ejército, los políticos, los intelectuales) que permitieron c ...more
Fernando Vallejo escribe en primera persona, sobre un regreso luego d ...more
Manila: the slum areas, tightly-packed houses, densely populated, people breeding like flies, poor, inexhaustible source of all kinds of criminals;
Medellin (in this novel): the same. They call these poor areas the "comunas";
Manila: NPA hit squad, Alex Boncayao Brigade, ordinary hired killers, guns-for-hire, some walk, nonchalantly ...more
This is about 1990s Medellin, Columbia's second largest city and arguably, the world's most violent. The reign of terror of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar resulted in over 6800 homicides in 1991 alone (I believe just about every one of them was recorded in this volume's 132 pages). In Vallejo's telling essentially everyone is both assassin and victim - in the face of a ...more
Do you want to know why? The criticism. This is mainly a book to criticize society, and more specifically, Colombia's society. And it does it in a very explicit and cruel way. I know that people tend to avoid criticism and problems (I include myself in there), so that's why I made faces like that one of the gif.
Our Lady of the Assassins (originally published as La virgen de los sicarios) is about this man, Fernando, who is old and ...more
Aunque en la historia nos encontramos con el romance de el hombre ya maduro, Fernando, con el joven y sicario Alexis, es una historia en donde prevalece la violencia, que se narra sin escrúpulos y es realmente cruda.
No se si soy una partidaria al humor negro o real ...more
Éste es uno de esos libros que se ven cortitos y ligeros, que parece que en una tarde se leeran sin contratiempos, pero la verdad es todo lo contrario y es que es de eso ...more
Demoré más de lo planeado en leerlo, simplemente porque sabía lo que seguía y no quería enfrentarme a ello. La historia me ha dolido mucho, y le doy cinco estrellas aunque el final ...more
Pero, ¿cómo detestarlo si se explica con esa iron ...more
Alexis is a killing machine and an instigator of violence so eventually he ends up being shot as well. Fernando is devastated but finds another lover by the name of Wilmar. Bad luck strikes again when Fernando discovers th ...more
The book seems to glorify senseless violence for no good reason, and I was very bored with the book.
But I could be completely wrong this is just how I felt.
Vallejo was born and raised in Medellín, though he left his hometown early in life. He started studies in Philosophy at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, but after one year he abandoned the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters. Soon af ...more