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The secret history of Costaguana

Author: Juan Gabriel Vásquez; Anne McLean
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the early twentieth century, a struggling Joseph Conrad wrote his great novel Nostromo, about a South American republic he named Costaguana. It was inspired by the geography and history of Colombia, where Conrad spent only a few days. But in Juan Gabriel Vásquez's novel The Secret History of Costaguana, we uncover the hidden source- and one of the great literary thefts. On the day of Joseph Conrad's death in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Named Person: Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juan Gabriel Vásquez; Anne McLean
ISBN: 9781594488030 1594488037
OCLC Number: 1004982223
Description: 283 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Historia secreta de Costaguana.
Responsibility: Juan Gabriel Vasquez ; translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean.

Abstract:

"In the early twentieth century, a struggling Joseph Conrad wrote his great novel Nostromo, about a South American republic he named Costaguana. It was inspired by the geography and history of Colombia, where Conrad spent only a few days. But in Juan Gabriel Vásquez's novel The Secret History of Costaguana, we uncover the hidden source- and one of the great literary thefts. On the day of Joseph Conrad's death in 1924, the Colombian-born José Altamirano begins to write and cannot stop. Many years before, he confessed to Conrad his life's every delicious detail-from his country's heroic revolutions to his darkest solitary moments. Conrad stole them all. Now Conrad is dead, but the slate is by no means clear- Nostromo will live on and Altamirano must write himself back into existence. As the destinies of real empires collide with the murky realities of imagined ones, Vásquez takes us from a flourishing twentieth-century London to the lawless fury of a blooming Panama and back. Tragic and despairing, comic and insightful, The Secret History of Costaguana is a masterpiece of historical invention. It will secure Juan Gabriel Vásquez's place among the most original and exuberantly talented novelists working today."--Publisher.

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