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La forma de as ruinasKennedy himself His America the Philosophical life is spent studying and analyzing cases to discover the truth The murders in Colombia distanced by 34 years of difference the first in 1914 and the second in 1948 have a prophetic meaning for Carballo and so the murder of two illustrious men obsess hisife How are these murders related Is it the same people ordering them Both cases had an executor and it was condemned or murdered but is there someone behind Who are theyFrom Juan Gabriel s perspective we know the circumstances of his relationship with Carballo how this man affected his The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North life and we also get to know the story of the murders which marked theife of the author and Colombia in general What Juan Gabriel does here is a interesting and powerful reflection of Colombian history in times of polarization and internal conflictAs a Colombian We all tend to think that we are always suffer the same misfortunes that is a cycle that does not end But we fall again into the same misfortunes in the same hopelessness Juan Gabriel talk about his youth his aspirations about his ife in Europe and describes in a brilliant way through Carballo and himself the story of two murders happened in a country that NEVER seems to earnJuan Gabriel tell us about these men and their ruins and he wanted to exorcise his mind as well I confess that I felt very identified by the proximity of our violence the situations that we have The Northman's Bride lived directly or indirectly and that can reallyeave a mark on usI am really impressed and satisfied with this novel Will you read it Because it s worthy of your time hide spoiler I read this book due to its inclusion on the 2019 Man Booker International Shortlist a ist I have found distinctly underwhelming particularly when its seems a common view from those who follow translated fiction prizes closely that the shortlist this year was much the best pick of a weaker onglistPaul has already written an extremely comprehensive review of the book here which gives much of the historical context to the novel as well as explaining its structurehttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshowThis excellent review in the LA Review of Books sums up some of my issues with the bookhttpslareviewofbooksorgarticlerI read the book in a single sitting which I think should work to the book s benefit as it makes it much easier to follow the two main assassinations to spot the Cherry Bomb links between them to be able to pick up the various witnesses and alleged incidents around the Uribe Uribe assassination and to immerse oneself in the world of conspiracy theoriesIn practice it was not an experience I particularly enjoyed I do not find conspiracy theories appealing and too much of the first part of the book took place in them and theengthy section of the novel which effectively ends up as a fairly ordinarily written reproduction of a historical account of the supposed truth around the Uribe Uribe murders was simply tediousWhile there may be Leading the Way lots toike in this novel the decision to include this section has cost it 4 stars in my view I can honestly say I ve never read a book uite ike this It s a mix of historical biography meta fiction and iterary mystery The author inserts himself or at The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace least a fictional version of himself into the narrative and describes how he allegedly got sucked into researching investigating a conspiracy theory about the assassination of a high profile Colombianeader in the 1940s The novel s structure is a bit When Red Cried Wolf like a maze with different twists and turns not just plot wise but also shifting in and out of different genres I would beying if I didn t say the middle section was uite arduous to get through and yet I didn t ever want to give up It was a very rewarding read but I wasn t expecting a book that at one point was a straight up account of 20th century Colombian history It isn t a bad thing at all just a very different experience than I was expectingThere were so many passages I underlined or noted during my reading and I actually could see myself revisiting this one again in the future I was tempted to start it over Again Once I Finished Not Necessarily Because I Loved It once I finished not necessarily because I oved it because by the end I had such a better grasp on the book that a second reading I presume would be easier to follow and even rewarding But maybe someday I will come back to this one again and I will definitely check out of this author s work I discovered the existence of this book in a review by the Guardian I had no prior knowledge of the author or of Colombian history but the review was so well written and the book synopsis so intriguing I added it to my ever growing to read ist The Shape of the Ruins focuses on two keys events in Colombian history the 1914 murder of General Rafael Uribe Uribe and the 1948 assassination of Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Vasuez combines fact with what I l call speculative fiction because although the murderers in both cases are known this book ooks at possible conspiracies and shady goings on in the

echelons of the government and powerful organisations The facts are utterly fascinating especially as other than Pablo Escobar I was ignorant of Colombia s past Gaitan is seen as a JFK type figure and a great deal of similarities are drawn between them Both wanted change and both attracted the wrong kind of attention April 9th 1948 in Colombia is as infamous as 22nd November 1963 in the USA although the fallout in Colombia was marred by blood and violence The speculation as is usually the case is far interesting than the recorded facts The author draws on the theories of Carlos Carballo whose research into April 9th 1948 has become his Song of the Forest life s obsession and Doctor Benavides who comes across as aittle ess fanatical than Carballo Both have their opinions and both are able to offer spine shivering intrigue with their theories The author also gives us an insight into his childhood whilst growing up amidst the warring cartels including a couple of violent acts perpetrated by Pablo s faction These chapters are brief but eually as interesting as the main subject There s a passage where he describes putting masking tape across his windows to dull any sharp edges resulting from bomb blasts I could go on about this book but nothing i say will do it justice It s just the best book i have read this yearHere s a ink to the review i read Esas ruinas humanas eran memorandos de nuestros errores pasados y en alg n momento fueron tambi n profec as p 541These human remains were memories of our past mistakes and in some moment they were our prophecies tooThis A Constellation of Vital Phenomena line from the end of Juan Gabriel V suez satest book sums up the challenging theme of the past comes back to haunt us V suez a Colombian who ives mostly in Barcelona digs up the dirt on Colombia s past or in his own words no pod a dejar de pensar en mis cr menes colombianos p 544 I relistened to a podcast interview done around 2012 He admits that Colombia s past 100 years is a time of almost constant conflict He reflects his own personal drama in during the cartel wars of the 1990s in The Sound of Things Falling and the Naz. Xplores the darkest moments of a country's past and brings to ife the ways in which past violence shapes our present ives 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 memorie. E in the country spiraled down into a bloodbath known as La Violencia which in turn was one of the factors that Still Life with Chickens led to guerrilla insurrections death suads and those horrific Pablo Escobar years Fiery Jorge Eli cer Gait n 1903 1948 Assassin Juan Roa Sierra pictured in the upper right Juan Roa Sierra The assassin who shot and killed Gait n was a young Colombian by the name of Juan Roa Sierra Ah those dementedoners who strike out on their own But wait could things possibly be complex We Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea ll never know because Sierra was attacked and killed by a mob within minutes Why Well as reported by none other than Gabriel Garcia M ruez who happened to be in vicinity on that fateful April afternoon a tall man wearing an irreproachable gray suit as if he were going to a wedding incited the crowd to bloody violence and then was picked up by a new car as soon as the assassin s corpse was dragged away And from then on that tall well dressed man appears to have been erased from history forever Garcia M ruez recollects many yearsater that it occurred to him the man had managed to have a false assassin killed in order to protect the identity of the real one Does the fate of Gait n s assassin ring any bells How about Lee Harvey Oswald Many Colombians particularly a conspiracy fanatic Paradox Bound like Carlos Carballo have not failed to make the connection and that s understatementFrancisco Benevides A friend of Juan Gabriel a physician whose father was the man who conducted the forensics on Jorge Eli cer Gait n s corpse Francisco Benevides and Carlos Carballo go back Benevides isn t exactly as obsessed as Carballo when it comes to conspiracy theories but it s close Benevides is also aover of iterature and thus has many reasons to cultivate Juan Gabriel s friendship Hospital Drama In the opening pages of the novel Juan Gabriel recounts his time at a hospital with his dear wife who must be cared for since she will be giving birth prematurely to twin baby girls True Juan Gabriel oves his family however the swirl of conversations and revelations in his home city of Bogot acts STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare like a powerful magnet and Juan Gabriel uickly succumbs to its force At one point some weeks aftereaving the hospital Juan Gabriel s wife confronts him directly What s happening to us is important You have to pay attention We still haven t come out the other side there are still ots of things that could go wrong and the girls depend on us I need you to be with me concentrated on this and you seem interested in what a paranoid madman says Did I mention Juan Gabriel s tale contains a ayering of many dimensions back there Oh yes the following eight chapter detonate with a fiesta of themes and threads historical political social cultural Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays literary personal Here s a pair I found especially captivatingNovelist Narrator In the course of his narrative Juan Gabriel refers directly to his past novels about a woman from Germany The Informers his novel about Panama The Secret History of Costaguana about the Pablo Escobar years The Sound of Things Falling the novel he was working on Reputations Juan Gabriel also alludes to a string of other novelists and their books Georges Perec Vladimir Nabokov Julio Cort zar Juan Rulfo Juan Carlos Onetti F Scott Fitzgerald Malcolm Lowry and freuent inclusion of Gabriel Garcia M ruez and Jorge Luis Borges for example Then I remembered The Modesty of History an essay by Borges that I d alwaysiked and that there in that man s apartment seemed to acuire a mysterious pertinence for in it Borges sustains that the most important dates in history might not be the ones that appear in books but other hidden or private dates This Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All literary element adds real sparkle and depth to the tale not only to have aiterary man as narrator but to have Juan Gabriel himself a zesty enhancement Rafael Humberto Moreno Dur n Juan Gabriel attends the memorial service for one of the most notable novelists of his generation a writer known to his friends Juan Gabriel among Their Number As RH Following The Service Still In The number as RH Following the service still in the guess who pops up Carlos Carballo collars Juan Gabriel and insists on telling him how RH spoke in an interview about Orson Wells visit to Bogot and how he Carballo proposed a book to RH a book that could be written when he Carballo fed RH tantalizing information revolving around the assassination of Gait n Carballo goes on to say that RH agreed to write the book but couldn t because of his illness Carballo continues speaking relating that RH told him he knows the writer who could and should write the book Juan Garcia Vasuez Now the plot really thickens twists and begins dancing the cumbia Colombian novelist Rafael Humberto Moreno Dur n 1945 2005So the uestion poses itself Did Juan Gabriel V suez finally agree to write the book proposed by Carlos Carbillo a fictional character of his own creation The answer is yes our narratorauthor did write that book a book in the form of a novel the very narratorauthor did write that book a book in the form of a novel the very under review a novel entitled The Shape of the Ruins Read all about it the tale is spectacular or in Spanish espectacular Colombian author Juan Gabriel V suez born 1973 I m sorry to spoil your theories but someone had to tell you one day that Santa Claus was your parentsThe Shape of Ruins translated wonderfully as ever by Anne McLean from Juan Gabriel V suez s La forma de What a Lass Wants las ruinas is based aro 45REVIEW IN ENGLISH NO SPOILERS I need to read colombian authors because my comfort zone is not theiterature of my country Thanks to a book swap this book came into my hands And it was a very good decisionJuan Gabriel V suez 1973 is a awyer columnist writer and translator from Bogot who emigrated very young to Europe and spent than a decade residing in Barcelona He has several novels translated into english if you want to read them Juan Gabriel was one of those authors that you saw his face in banners at book fairs so he is way too promoted by this publishing house I have my doubts but now I can firmly say that this book is goodClick below if you want to continue reading 3 No spoilers inside view spoilerJuan Gabriel returned to Bogot after iving 16 years in Barcelona It took him some time to become accustomed to his country The novel starts when he tells us his story in the past and in the present when he met a man named Carlos Carballo Also the nature of his relationship of admiration scorn with him and why Carballo got himself imprisoned ater onThis is a novel that navigates between being autobiographical a piece of historical novel and a detective story Also it navigates between reality and fiction something Juan Gabriel trully defends The aforementioned Carlos Carballo the heart of the novel and the author himself as protagonist All of this woven with conspiracy theories and historical memory Who are the ones responsible for the death of illustrious menCarlos Carballo is a man tormented by his past and faithful defender of conspiracy theories He believes that there is always someone behind assassinations of important men such as Rafael Uribe Uribe Jorge Eli cer Gait n including John F 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 killingsThis novel Delighted to see this now on the MBI 2019 ong The League for the Suppression of Celery list there are truths that don t happen in those places truths that nobody writes down because they re invisible There are millions of things that happen in special places they are places that are not within the reach of historians or journalists They are not invented places they are not fictions they are very real as real as anything told in the newspapers But they don t survive They stay there without anybody to tell them This is a marvellous book but strangely for me it s hard to put my finger precisely on what makes it so powerful and ultimately moving Straddling that contested area between fact and fiction where the narrator shares the name of the author this certainly has the postmodern feel of Eco s Foucault s Pendulum crossed with the historical self consciousness of Binet s HHhH I m confident that readers better versed in Latin Americaniterature than I am will spot other influences and iterary relationshipsOn one evel this narrates key episodes in the C20th history of Columbia via especially two assassinations of Leftist Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery leaders Alongside this however are richer veins that meditate on history and story telling on the interpenetration of past and present on inheritances in personal national and even wider terms V suez writes unflashy precise and intelligent prose a shout out too to the translator and the stories that unfurl are uietly gripping Inevitably this isn tinear but V suez keeps his histories circulating through evels of narratives stories embedded within stories not doing that cheap trick of flitting around between time periods that every other novel seems to performThe way this is put together is masterful as we finally along with the narrator see the shape of the book we ve been reading But it s also exceptional at the ocal The Day Fidel Died level they are simply human remains ruins yes the ruins of noble men Deeply political deeply humane deeplyiterary a nexus of ideas meld together to form a narrative of distinction and significance In some ways the conclusion could be profoundly pessimistic because nothing has changed here in centuries of existence and never will change and yet the very power of words serves to undermine that desolation he wanted me to make a mausoleum of words where his father could dwell and he also wanted the ast two hours his father ived to be documented just as he understood them because that way his father would not just have a place in the world but would have played a part in history Many thanks to uercus for an ARC via NetGalley Man Booker International Prize Longlist 2019 V suez has written an impressive historical novel that explores the ramifications of two important assassinations in Columbian political history On October 15th in 1914 Rafael Uribe Uribe the eader of the Liberal party General and Senator of the Republic of Columbia was assassinated by two disaffected carpenters Leovigildo Galarza and Jes s Carvajal with hatchets The second spectacular assassination occurred on April 9th in 1948 when Juan Roa Sierra shot Jorge Eli cer Gait n the iberal populist and future President The death of Gait n triggered riots that resulted in roughly 3000 deaths when the authorities were brought in to uell the violence and called Bogotazo It was followed by a 10 year civil war that caused thousands of deaths and the rise of Pablo Escobar s drug gang violence during the 1980s and 1990sThese two significant assassinations were impenetrable chaotic events where facts were hard to discern This ed to numerous conspiracy theories often convoluted and intricate Hard evidence and hearsay were given eual weight Public rumors refuted documentation and third hand accounts influenced the recollections of first hand accountsUribe s brother had hired Marco Tulio Anzola to find the truth about Uribe s killing and its perpetrators Anzola recorded his efforts in a book that V suez came across Anzola clearly had become obsessed with Uribe s assassination and this account fascinated V suez The author pulls heavily from the book in this offering to help explain Uribe s deathThere was no similar account for Gait "N S ASSASSINATION SO V SUEZ CREATED THE CHARACTER "s assassination so V suez created the character Carballo that is conspiracy theory obsessed Carballo s search for the greater truth follows abyrinthine pathsIn probing these two deaths in his novel V suez illuminates how conspiracy theories are tools used by political populists to undermine the free press by destroying belief in any objective truth The result is that history becomes The Outlaw and the Upstart King less based on facts and instead is the shape of the ruins Recommend Or are you going to tell me that known history is the only version of things No please don t be so naive What you call history is no than the winning story Vasuez Someone made that story and not others win and that s why we believe it today Or rather we believe it because it got written down because it wasn tost in the endless hole of words that only get said or even worse that aren t even spoken but are only thoughtThis book revolves around two assassinations In October 1914 General Rafael Uribe Uribe was ha Bogot Colombia epicenter for Juan Gabriel V suez s sprawling masterpiece The Shape of the RuinsAssassinations conspiracy theories obsessions friends family births deaths memorials iterary references they re all here most especially books and writers since the narrator of this multifaceted saga is none other than Juan Gabriel V suez that s right the Colombian author has written himself into his own novel Readers are in for a special treat for three reasons 1 translator Anne McLean renders the Spanish into clear fluid English 2 many photos and documents mentioned in the story are included 3 appeal of the book itself arge trim size readable print uality paper Thank you Riverhead BooksRight in the opening chapter we re served a sumptuous feast of major players important themes and key ideas that will be expanded and embellished upon as we move through the tale s 500 pages among their numberCarlos Carballo It s 2014 and Juan Gabriel watches the TV screen flash a news headline Carlos Carballo arrested at the former home "now museum of Jorge Eli cer Gait n for attempting to steal the serge suit the " museum of Jorge Eli cer Gait n for attempting to steal the serge suit the politician wore the day of his assassination a suit on display in a glass case Unlike thousands of TV viewers Juan Gabriel isn t at all surprised since the 41 year old author first met Carballo face to face ten years ago and is well aware of Carballo s obsession Like a match set to a keg of dynamite the arrest of carballo ignites juan gabriel s memory enough explosive ignites Juan Gabriel s memory enough explosive to propel the author to chronicle the story we re about to read Jorge Eli cer Gait n Charismatic firebrand political Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War leaderoved by the people and the man ikely to become Colombia s next president Gait n was assassinated while walking down a busy sidewalk in Bogot on April 9 1948 This event proved monumental resulting in not only riots mass killings and the burning of much of the city but for ten years thereafter the political scen. A sweeping tale of conspiracy theories assassinations and twisted obsessions the much anticipated masterpiece from Juan Gabriel Vasuez The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy political obsession and iterary investigation When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet ridden suit ,

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