This is one of my top 5 favorite novel's of the year. It tells a little-discussed chapter of Latin American history (the tensions between Jewish German immigrants and German Nazi immigrants in Colombia during and after WW II). It also plays with time and voice in a way that reminded me of Ian McEwan's Atonement.
From the author of The Sound of Things Falling, a "brilliant new novel" (New York Times Book Review) and one of the most buzzed about books of the year!
"One of the most original new voices of Latin American literature." -- Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
When Gabriel Santoro's book is scathingly reviewed by his own father, a famous Bogotá rhetorician, Gabriel is devastated. Cataloguing the life of longtime family friend Sara Guterman, a Jewish German immigrant who escaped to Colombia during the 1930s, Gabriel's book seemed an innocent attempt to preserve a piece of his country's rapidly vanishing past. But as Gabriel pours over his research looking for clues to his father's anger, he discovers a sinister secret locked in the pages. After his father's death, and with the help of Sara Guterman and his father's girlfriend, Angelina, Gabriel peels back layer after shocking layer of family history-from the streets of 1940s Bogotá to a stranger's doorstep in 1990s Medellín-to reveal a hidden portrait of their past-dark, complex, and inescapable.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez has been hailed as one of the leading writers of his generation, compared to Borges, John Le Carre, Joseph Conrad and W. G. Sebald.
About the Author
Juan Gabriel Vásquez ’s books include The Sound of Things Falling, which won the Alfaguara Novel Prize in Spain and an English PEN award, and The Secret History of Costaguana, which won the Qwerty Prize in Barcelona. His books have been published in seventeen languages worldwide. He lives in Bogotá.
"Remarkable...[The Informers] is the best work of literary fiction to come my way since 2005...and into the bargain it is immensely entertaining, with twists and turns of plot that yield great satisfaction." -Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"[A] straight-ahead, old-fashioned narrative... [T]he career of Juan Gabriel Vßsquez...is off to a notable start." -The New York Times
"To read The Informers is to enjoy the shock of new talent... [Vßsquez's] novel is subtle, surprising and deeply pleasurable, with razors secreted among its pages." -The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Unlike anything written by his Latin American contemporaries...The Informers deserves to be read...[O]ne of this year's outstanding books." -The Financial Times