- This event has passed.
Juan Gabriel Vasquez discusses his new novel, The Shape of the Ruins
October 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Juan Gabriel Vasquez discusses his new novel, The Shape of the Ruins.
Praise for Juan Gabriel Vasquez
“Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Shape of the Ruins is a highly sophisticated, fast-moving political thriller set in Colombia and an excellent read.” —Alan Furst
“One of the great novels of recent years.” —Mario Vargas Llosa
“A reinventor of Latin American literature in the 21st century.” —Jonathan Franzen
“Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a considerable writer.” —E. L. Doctorow
“I felt myself under the spell of a masterful writer. Juan Gabriel Vásquez has many gifts—intelligence, wit, energy, a deep vein of feeling–but he uses them so naturally that soon enough one forgets one’s amazement at his talents, and then the strange, beautiful sorcery of his tale takes hold.” —Nicole Krauss
About The Shape of the Ruins
A sweeping tale of conspiracy theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions — the much anticipated masterpiece from Juan Gabriel Vásquez.
The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of a murdered Colombian politician, few notice. But soon this thwarted theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of popular fixations with conspiracy theories, assassinations, and historical secrets; and it haunts those 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 ways in which past violence shapes our present lives. A compulsive read, beautiful and profound, eerily relevant to our times and deeply personal, The Shape of the Ruins is a tour-de-force story by a master at uncovering the incisive wounds of our memories.