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The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
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Mar 30, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: colombia, fiction
Read 2 times. Last read June 21, 2017 to November 18, 2017.

A young man writes the biography of a woman who he has known as almost a family member, and his book gets a highly negative newspaper review by his well known and respected law academic father. The woman was a Jewish immigrant from Germany in the years before World War 2. A few months later, the father dies and that takes the author in the years of Colombian history when lists of suspected Nazi sympathizers were prepared at the behest of the US government.

Vasquez, like in his other novels probes into events related to Colombian history through the memories of protagonists who typically are intellectuals (lawyers, writers, law academics and journalists).

The themes of the four novels that have been translated so far into English are dark, and I must confess not always easy to read. But there is something addictive about his writings. ‘The Informers’, the first of Vasquez’s novels is the last one that I have read, on the third attempt.

I look forward to the next one ‘La forma de las ruinas’.

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Reading Progress

March 30, 2015 – Shelved
March 30, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
April 22, 2016 – Started Reading
April 22, 2016 – Shelved as: colombia
April 22, 2016 – Shelved as: fiction
August 31, 2016 – Finished Reading
June 21, 2017 – Started Reading
November 18, 2017 – Finished Reading

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