Title: THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING - Rare Pristine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2013
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 275 pages. Published in 2013. The author's third novel to be translated into English. One of the finest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Juan Gabriel Vasquez's "El ruido de las cosas al caer" in a felicitous English translation. Published to enormous critical acclaim, the novel is nothing less than an attempt to re-write (to equal if not transcend) Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (1970) as the true, authentic, and definitive history of Colombia in novel form. Its staggering ambition is, fortunately, matched by its formal invention and the author's sheer immense talent. "Maps the deep, cascading damage done to our world by greed and violence and concedes that even love can't repair it" (TIME Magazine). Juan Gabriel Vasquez is the heir to both Gabriel Garcia Marquez (his inescapable Colombian predecessor) and Roberto Bolano (who would have been his contemporary mentor had the latter not died). His attempt to forge a new literary style that seemingly departs from Magical Realism will ultimately be seen for what is: A (necessary) misreading of Magical Realism. His stylistic innovations expand significantly upon the literary path that Bolano found. An absolute "must-have" title for Juan Gabriel Vasquez collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Juan Gabriel Vasquez 2013". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Vasquez signed on top of the page, making his signature even more prominent. This comes with a fine copy of the landmark New York Times Book Review Front Cover (by the great American novelist Edmund White), which is considered instrumental in securing for the novel a wider readership. One of its "headline" star/writers, Vasquez made a one-time-only appearance at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2013 to launch the book. Laid-in are pristine copies of the Souvenir Program and Bookmark of the Festival, during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Its value will not only keep but increase quickly. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for "The Sound of Things Falling" in 2014. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JUAN GABRIEL VASQUEZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1594487480. Bookseller Inventory # 18862
Synopsis: * National Bestseller and winner of the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
* Hailed by Edmund White as "a brilliant new novel" on the cover of the New York Times Book Review
* Lauded by Jonathan Franzen, E. L. Doctorow and many others
From a global literary star comes a prize-winning tour de force ? an intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez has been hailed not only as one of South America?s greatest literary stars, but also as one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. In this gorgeously wrought, award-winning novel, Vásquez confronts the history of his home country, Colombia.
In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar?s Medellín cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia?s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend?s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend?s family have been shaped by his country?s recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.
Vásquez is ?one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature,? according to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and The Sound of Things Falling is his most personal, most contemporary novel to date, a masterpiece that takes his writing?and will take his literary star?even higher.
Review: An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: Juan Gabriel Vasquez will draw comparisons to other major Latin American icons. But while the influence of Roberto Bolaño, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel García Márquez are present throughout his second novel, The Sound of Things Falling, he is a unique literary talent. Translated from Spanish (and exceptionally well, at that), Vasquez moves swiftly and subtly, opening in Bogota, Colombia, reflecting on the mid-?70s when the country was being taken over by drug lords and cartels (fueled by the U.S.?s hunger for cocaine). Law professor Antonio Yammara finds his fate intertwined with that of a shady ex-pilot named Laverde. But Things Falling is so much more than a drug story. This is a sensory novel. Antonio wrestles with the way he interprets by his surroundings, by how the external world affects the internal. ?[I]t?s always disconcerting to discover, when it?s another person who brings us the revelation, the slight or complete lack of control we have over our own experience.? The Sound of Things Falling does so much at once: it?s a novel about how the U.S. dangerously influences Latin America, how the present never escapes the past, and how fragile our relationships--romantic and familial--can be. --Kevin Nguyen
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