por Juan Gabriel Vásquez (GO TO Arráncame la vida)
“A gripping novel, absorbing right to the end,…” – New York Times Book Review (8/1/2013)
Looking for a good way to improve your Spanish fluency?.. Come join our small groups in the reading of this novel, by the Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez, which won the Premio Alfaguara de Novela in 2011. The ‘disproportionate reality‘ of this telling is in stark contrast to the magic-realism of his countryman, Gabriel García Márquez. Visit the author’s Facebook page for the book.
In 6 class meetings we will practice our Spanish through the discussion of the week’s reading, as well as discussing the author’s description of a Colombian both at the same time enriched & devastated by the world-wide drug trade.
Books available through Colors of Spanish at the local library or online (availability is difficult). See the schedule on the Club del libro Calender. Enrollment can be completed through our Enroll Now! form. Follow up instructions on language requirements and submitting payment will be provided in a follow-up email.
Synopsis for El ruido de las cosas al caer
“The novel El ruido de las cosas al caer (or, The noise of falling things) is set in Bogotá and covers a period in Colombian history ruled by the overwhelming presence of Pablo Escobar, the fearsome drug king who became one of the world’s richest men during a lifetime of criminal activity.” Sonoma County Library
“…a masterful chronicle of how the violence between the cartels and government forces spilled out to affect and corrode ordinary lives. It is also Vásquez’s finest work to date.” SF Gate (8/16/2013)
Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a Colombian writer, a Stanford University Writer in Residence, who is continuing to be discovered by English reading audiences. He presents the world in stark reality, which is clearly evidenced in this work. ‘The Sound of Things Falling’ was just released this summer and has received many recommending reviews.
To learn more visit his wikipedia page.