A book crammed with human stories in which various tragedies are seen at a distance. And with the characters that could easily have been the protagonists of their own novels
In these nine stories, written in the first person and in prose as swift and elegant as crystal, Vásquez does not build a purely fictional universe, but presents himself, like Cervantes, as a chronicler of events that happened and are in some way part of his biography.
The invisible stitching between these different levels of the story is a great technical achievement
Nine stories in which the laws of chance burst into the characters' daily lives, leading them to sketch out other stories in which, willingly or not, they become characters in something bigger than themselves
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.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez is one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature.
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.