Juan Gabriel Vásquez ↠ 6 free downloadThe fifth and latest book to be
into english from the alfaguara winning colombian author of the sound of things falling juan gabriel suez s eputations las eputaciones is the story of javier mallarino a late career political cartoonist one with the power to make or break elected officials and shape the course of national public opinion mallarino has enjoyed the benefits and accolades of a successful career despite a failed marriage and enforced mountaintop isolation he eschews the use of computers altogether a celebration of the artist and his widely influential political cartoons mallarino s professional and thus personal life is brought into existential disarray when an incident nearly three decades past is brought to the forefront by an unexpected visitorwhile v suez s new novel doesn t delve too deeply into the nature of accusations the emotional toll of crimes unacknowledged let alone unprosecuted beyond mob mentality or even the tenuousness of eputations solidly built it does offer an inviting story however conventional in the telling v suez writes well enough but as one who admires isk taking novelty and ingenuity in his fiction eputations was a bit too customary for my liking nonetheless it s great to see lit in translation make its way to a broader commercial american audience even if it isn t all too indicative of the experimental excellence currently flourishing in latin american letters so certainties acuired at some moment in the past could in time stop being certainties something could happen a fortuitous or deliberate event and suddenly all evidence is invalidated the truth ceases to be true the seen ceases to have been seen and the occurrence to have occurred all lose their place in time and space are devoured and passed on to another world or to another dimension of our world a dimension we don t know but where is it where does the past go when it changes in which folds of our world are they hiding cowardly and ashamed the events that had bee. The taut powerful new novel by the award winning author of The Sound of Things FallingAs Colombia’s most famous political cartoonist strolls through downtown Bogotá in the hours before a public celebration of his career he contemplates how forty years N unable to emain to keep being true in spite of the wear and tear of time to win their being true in spite of the wear and tear of time to win their in human history translated from the spanish by anne mclean vila matas cercas halfon osero cort zar et al I didn t ealize this books was going to largely be a man s eflections on a woman s sexual assault because that is not evealed in the book s description Would not have ead it if so Beautifully written some great thought on art and satire s effect on society but I just don t need to give space in my brain to a man s defensive eflections on a young girl s assault in his house This azor sharp novella about a Bogot political cartoonist who faces up to a professional decision he made than 20 years ago would be perfect for eaders of Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes It also eminded me of The Plimsoll Line by Juan Gracia Armend iz As you d expect from the title it s all about how eputations can be formed and destroyed in a trice I liked the metaphor of the political caricature beingtranslated into english from the alfaguara winning colombianAuthor Of The Sound Ofof the sound of falling juan gabriel
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"thank you to "you to for passing this book on to lines you e nobody in this country until somebody wants to hurt you People already know what they want to think People already have their prejudices well formed They only want someone in authority to confirm their prejudices even if it s the mendacious authority of newspapers Fun moment of bookish serendipity a mention of shoe polish accidentally going on a sock something that also turned up in the story End of Season from Bernard MacLaverty s The Great Profundo and Other Stories worst of all is the man with black polish stains on his socks It s the ultimate sloth Caricatures might exaggerate eality but they can t invent it They can distort but they never lie So says Javier Mallinaro the protagonist of Reputations and one of the most influential and legendary political cartoonists in Colombia A caricature from him can define someone for life and make and break a eputation He fancies himself a humanist a satirical illustrato. Efore he gave up painting and began drawing caricatures to earn a living For years his cartoons have had the power to overturn a judge’s decision threaten the stability of a ministry or epeal a law with the esult that half the country loved him and the. R a driller downer of complicated personalities and a evealer of the true core of what lies beneathBut at the heart of this slim provocative and of what lies beneathBut at the heart of this slim provocative and novel lays this uestion can caricatures indeed invent eality Even with good intent can they lie Does it do any good for anyone afterwards to explore doubt and what do the caricatures explore doubt And what do the
caricatures about the person who creates themThis is a novel of ideas with philosophical underpinnings Juan Gabriel Vasuez uthlessly exploresabout the person who creates themThis is a novel of ideas with philosophical underpinnings Juan Gabriel Vasuez uthlessly explores man at the end of his career conscience stricken over a caricature he created years ago that may have destroyed lives Whether the caricature was justified or not is almost immaterial the fact that Mallinaro had the power to make it happen makes all the differenceI ve come to eally espect Juan Gabriel Vasuez s works and once again I was not disappointed His translator Anne McLean has served him well in this English translation that masterfully explores in the words of Lewis Carroll a poor sort of memory that only works backwards 25 Mollarino is a political cartoonist in Bogot a man who after many many years is going to be ecognized and lauded at a public dinner At the event a young woman his daughter Beatrice s age claiming to be a eporter asks him for an interview The next day at his home he discovers not only is she not a eporter but she wants his help emembering an event that happened at his house when she was sevenIt is easy to be seduced by Vasuez and his wonderful prose and I loved his insights on memory and power First novel I have ead about a political cartoonist and found that interesting as well This is a novel about thoughts on life marriage where your esponsibilities lie and the legacy and eputation you leave behind Well and good so much to like butI despised the ending or maybe did not understand it but it lowered my opinion ightly or not on this bookNow to be fair I do intend at a later date to eread the ending and may come back and evise my eview but until then this one standsARC from publisher. Other half wished him dead But as he leaves the theatre a young woman emerges from the crowd and forces Mallarino to confront an incident that took place in his home half a lifetime ago calling into uestion his eputation and the value of his life’s wor.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez