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The shape of the ruins

Author: Juan Gabriel Vásquez; Anne McLean
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A sweeping tale of conspiracy theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions -- the much anticipated masterpiece from Juan Gabriel Vasquez. The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. A man is arrested at a museum in Colombia for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of an assassin. The incident barely makes the news though the political murder
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Genre/Form: Political fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Fiction
Novels
Historical fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juan Gabriel Vásquez; Anne McLean
ISBN: 9780735211148 0735211140
OCLC Number: 1020312394
Language Note: In English, translated from the Spanish.
Description: 509 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The man who spoke of inauspicious dates --
Relics of the illustrious dead --
A wounded animal --
Why swell'st thou then? --
The major wound --
The investigation --
Who are they? --
The trial --
The shape of the ruins.
Other Titles: Forma de las ruinas.
Responsibility: Juan Gabriel Vasquez ; translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean.

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"A sweeping tale of conspiracy theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions -- the much anticipated masterpiece from Juan Gabriel Vasquez. The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. A man is arrested at a museum in Colombia for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of an assassin. The incident barely makes the news though the political murder this assassin committed years before set off riots that ushered in a decade of bloody civil war in the country -- "La Violencia"--A time that still echoes throughout Colombia. Soon this theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of popular obsessions with conspiracy theories and the truth; and it haunts the people who feel that only they know the real truth behind these killings. This novel explores the darkest moments of a country's past and brings to life the hidden characters who have unknowingly shaped its modern landscape. A compulsive read, beautiful and profound and eerily relevant to our times, The Shape of the Ruins is the tour-de-force story by a master at uncovering the incisive wounds of our political memory"--

"The sweeping novel of conspiracy theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions by Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vasquez"--

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