El desbarrancadero (Spanish Edition)

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A metaphor of death, a secret meeting of ghosts. This novel depicts the end of a household in the heart of a crumbling country. Description in Spanish: Metafora de la Muerte, conciliabulo de espectros y fantasmas, ''El desbarrancadero'' cuenta el fin de una casa en medio de un pais que se desmorona. Si no la vida del autor, por lo menos sus libros desembocan con esta obra desolada y conmovedora del inexorable final.

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Fernando Vallejo nació en Medellín, Colombia. Estudió filosofía y letras en universidades de Bogotá y dirección de cine en el Centro Experimental de Cinematografía de Roma. Ha vivido gran parte de su vida en México, donde ha dirigido tres películas y escrito la totalidad de sus libros, algunos de los cuales han sido traducidos a múltiples idiomas. El gran amor de su vida son los animales, y su única causa es su defensa. Es autor de El río del tiempo (1999), pentalogía compuesta por Los días azules (1985), El fuego secreto (1987), Los caminos a Roma (1988), Años de indulgencia (1989), y Entre fantasmas (Alfaguara, 1993), además de las novelas La Virgen de los sicarios (Alfaguara, 1994), El desbarrancadero (Alfaguara, 2001, Premio Rómulo Gallegos 2003), La rambla paralela (Alfaguara, 2002), Mi hermano el Alcalde (Alfaguara, 2004), El don de la vida (Alfaguara, 2010), Casablanca la bella (Alfaguara, 2013) y ¡Llegaron! (Alfaguara, 2015). También ha escrito biografías y los ensayos La tautología darwinista y otros ensayos (Taurus, 2002), Manualito de imposturología física (Taurus, 2005) y La puta de Babilonia (2007). Sus columnas periodísticas, discursos y conferencias están recopilados en Perorata (Alfaguara, 2013).

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A Colombian-born writer based in Mexico City, Vallejo received considerable worldwide recognition when his last novel, La virgen de los sicarios (Our Lady of the Assasins was made into a film by the acclaimed Barbet Schroeder. Just as dark as La virgen, this semi-autobiographical novel is set in the author's native city, Medell!n. The narrator (called Vallejo) returns home after a prolonged absence to attend to his most beloved brother, Dario, an AIDS patient whose health is slowly deteriorating owing to his alcohol and marijuana use. Vallejo indulges in digressions into past memories that they both share, which include endless adolescent partying and homosexual love affairs. La Muerte (Death), the character around whom the narrative ultimately revolves, appears throughout, touching different members of Vallejo's family and finally becoming his worst enemy. In this brutal and irreverent critique of Medell!n's violent society, Colombian politicians, the pope, and Catholicism, Vallejo is just as hard on the women around him, including his mother. But in the end, he is also hard on himself, for when Death makes a triumphant exit Vallejo is left with a profound feeling of impotence and frustration. To this pessimistic tone, the author adds a cruel yet subtle black humor that evokes spontaneous laughter and allows readers to greatly enjoy this gripping and harshly honest story. Recommended for both public and academic libraries and for book markets catering to Colombian patrons. Fernando Zapata, New York City
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