ISBN-10: 073521686X
ISBN-13: 9780735216860
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publish Date: 09/19/2017
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.00" W, 0.60" H


Translator: Anne McLean


Price: $16.00


A brilliant novel about the complications of legacy from one of South America’s literary stars, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Things Falling.

Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, Newsweek, the Guardian, and Kirkus

Javier Mallarino is a living legend. He is his country’s most influential political cartoonist, the consciousness of a nation. A man capable of repealing laws, overturning judges’ decisions, destroying politicians’ careers with his art. His weapons are pen and ink. Those in power fear him and pay him homage.

After four decades of a brilliant career, he’s at the height of his powers. But this all changes when he’s paid an unexpected visit from a young woman who upends his sense of personal history and forces him to re-evaluate his life and work, questioning his position in the world.

In Reputations, Juan Gabriel Vásquez examines the weight of the past, how a public persona intersects with private histories, and the burdens and surprises of memory. In this intimate novel that recalls authors like Coetzee and Ian McEwan, Vásquez plumbs universal experiences to create a masterful story, one that reverberates long after you turn the final page.

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"The novel's brilliance is that we, wanting to know what happened to that sleeping girl, become Mallarino's accomplices; the novel's genius is that we, greedy for certainty, become Mallarino's prey. Like Samanta we are left with something unforgettable... Masterly." –Yiyun Li, New York Times Book Review

"Reputations is a profound, exquisitely observed, suspenseful and deeply moving novel. It confirms his status as one of the very finest writers of our time." –San Francisco Chronicle

"[A]n account of an old cartoonist eyeing his past and the shifting forms of perception, memory and truth. Brilliant." –Financial Times

"Vásquez is a penetrating force, and the most pressing Colombian writer today... Reputations is a powerful, concentrated achievement. It makes clear that our memories, and even the things we've forgotten, can come back to haunt us and make us question the true cost of our actions." –NPR

"[S]pare but powerful.... A brisk and sophisticated study of a conscience in crisis." –Kirkus (STARRED)

"[A] captivating and thought-provoking experience." –Library Journal (STARRED)

"In this quick, disquieting read, internationally acclaimed Colombian writer Vásquez explores the reaches of the power employed almost casually by a famous and influential political cartoonist...Vásquez has crafted an effective indictment of sacred cows, no matter how well-meaning and clever." –Booklist

"Vásquez's prose is luminous, the spooling and unspooling of his characters' thoughts convincing and powerful." –Publishers Weekly

"The passing of Gabriel García Márquez certainly left a void in the literary world, but if there is a contemporary author capable of redirecting readers' attention back to Colombian fiction it is Juan Gabriel Vásquez... Apart from the inventive plot and Vásquez's knack for colorful similes, the writer's mastery of tense shines throughout the novel, which dances from the present to the past to the future... The reader is left with plenty to ponder regarding morality and intention, the business of exposing hypocrisy, the dangers of fame, and the malleability of memory." –Nylon

"Vásquez, who likely came to your attention with 2010's scathing The Informers and certainly made your reading list with The Sound of Things Falling, the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner, returns with a reverberant new work about a life suddenly challenged... [The] response has been ecstatic." –Library Journal

Praise for Juan Gabriel Vásquez

"The narrative escalates, the mystery deepens, and the scope of the story widens with each page. This terrific novel draws on Colombia's tragic history and cycles of violence to tell the story of a troubled man trying to come to grips with the distant forces and events that have shaped his life."
–Khaled Hosseini

"A fine and frightening study of how the past preys upon the present..."
–John Banville

"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

"Juan Gabriel Vásquez is one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature."
–Mario Vargas Llosa

"For anyone who has read the entire works of Gabriel García Márquez and is in search of a new Colombian novelist... a thrilling new discovery."
–Colm Tóibín

Praise for The Sound of Things Falling

"[A] Brilliant new novel...gripping...absorbing right to the end. The Sound of Things Falling may be a page turner, but it's also a deep meditation on fate and death." –Edmund White, The New York Times Book Review

"Deeply affecting and closely observed." –Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times

"Like Bolaño, [Vásquez] is a master stylist and a virtuoso of patient pacing and intricate structure, and he uses the novel for much the same purpose that Bolaño did: to map the deep, cascading damage done to our world by greed and violence and to concede that even love can't repair it." –Lev Grossman, Time Magazine

"Juan Gabriel Vasquez is a considerable writer. The Sound of Things Falling is an artful, ruminative mystery... And the reader comes away haunted by its strong playing out of an irreversible fate." –E. L. Doctorow

"Razor-sharp" –O, the Oprah Magazine

"An undoubted talent... Introspective and personal." –The Wall Street Journal

"Vásquez creates characters whose memories resonate powerfully across an ingeniously interlocking structure...Vásquez creates a compelling literary work–one where an engaging narrative envelops poignant memories of a fraught historical period." –The New Republic

"The Sound of Things Falling is 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.... His stark realism – the flip side of the magical variation of his compatriot Gabriel Garcia Marquez – together with his lyrical treatment of memory produces both an electrifying and a sobering read." –Malcolm Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle

"Haunting... Vásquez brilliantly and sensitively illuminates the intimate effects and whispers of life under siege, and the moral ambiguities that inform survival." -Cleveland Plain Dealer

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ISBN-10: 073521686X
ISBN-13: 9780735216860
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publish Date: 09/19/2017
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.00" W, 0.60" H
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