The Informers

The Informers 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 America

  • Title: The Informers
  • Author: Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  • ISBN: 9781594484674
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 LiteratureWhen Gabriel Santoro s book is scathingly reviewed by his own father, a famous Bogot rhetorFrom 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 LiteratureWhen Gabriel Santoro s book is scathingly reviewed by his own father, a famous Bogot 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 Bogot to a stranger s doorstep in 1990s Medell n to reveal a hidden portrait of their past dark, complex, and inescapable.Juan Gabriel V squez has been hailed as one of the leading writers of his generation, compared to Borges, John Le Carre, Joseph Conrad and W G Sebald.

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    • Juan Gabriel Vásquez

      Estudi Derecho en su ciudad natal, en la Universidad del Rosario, y despu s de graduarse, parti a Francia, donde se instal en Par s 1996 99 All , en La Sorbona se doctor en Literatura Latinoamericana Luego se mud a un peque o pueblo de la regi n de Ardenas, en B lgica Despu s de un a o de vivir all , V squez se instal en Barcelona Actualmente vive cerca a su ciudad natal en Colombia.V squez es autor de cinco novelas oficiales , aunque escribi otras cuando ten a 23 y 25 a os de edad, que l prefiere eliminar Me gustar a que me dejaran olvidar esa parte de mi pasado Me tomo ese derecho , ha dicho.V squez, que colabora en diversas revistas y suplementos culturales, tambi n escribe ensayos y columnista del peri dico colombiano El Espectador, ha tenido xito de cr tica Sus relatos de V squez han aparecido en antolog as de Alemania, Francia, Espa a y Colombia, y sus novelas han sido traducidas en Inglaterra, Francia, Holanda, Italia y Polonia Adem s, l mismo ha traducido obras de John Hersey, Victor Hugo y E M Forster, entre otros Form parte del jurado de 81 escritores y cr ticos latinoamericanos y espa oles que en 2007 eligieron para la revista colombiana Semana los mejores 100 libros en lengua castellana de los ltimos 25 a os.

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    • CHI È MIO PADRE E PERCHÉ PARLA MALE DI ME?In principio furono le scatole cinesi. Poi, molto dopo, sono venute le matrioske.Infine, Juan Gabriel Vásquez (e gli scrittori a lui affini): una storia dopo l’altra, e dentro l’altra, una tira l’altra come le caramelle, quando si arriva vicino alla fine di una, olé, se ne apre un’altra, un’altra storia parte, concatenata come un magnifico meccanismo a incastro.Questo è un libro molto bello, come lo sono gli altri che ho letto di JG Vásqu [...]


    • αυτό το βιβλίο μιλά για τις προσωπικές και τις συλλογικές αφηγήσεις, συμπληρώνει την Κολομβία του συγγραφέα που εμείς στην Ελλάδα γνωρίσαμε πρώτα με τον Ήχο τον πραγμάτων όταν πέφτουν, μιλά με ρεαλισμό και αυτοαναφορικότητα για το πως η καταγραφή των γεγονότων επηρεάζει τ [...]


    • Το βιβλίο προφανώς με ταλαιπώρησε, σε σημείο που δεν ήξερα αν γι'αυτό ευθυνόμουν εγώ λόγω αναγνωστικής κοιλιάς ή ο Vasquez που δεν μπόρεσε να με τραβήξει στην ιστορία του λόγω μια ιδιαίτερης φλυαρίας που απαιτούσε απ'τον αναγνώστη είτε να χαθεί στην αφήγηση ή να αρχίσει να μετρ [...]


    • Δυνατός Βάσκες! Μια δεύτερη ανάγνωση, στα ελληνικά του μαιτρ Αχιλλέα Κυριακίδη, και σε χαρτί (το είχα διαβάσει προ ετών στα αγγλικά και σε Kindle), μου επέτρεψε να απολαύσω όλο τον πλούτο του μυθιστορήματος, και να εκτιμήσω την προσπάθεια, την πραγματικά σκληρή προσπάθεια, του Κ [...]


    • Δεν ξέρω αν αυτό το βιβλίο είναι χειρότερο από το ''Ο ήχος των πραγμάτων όταν πέφτουν'' που όλοι μου το εκθειάζουν. Αυτό που ξέρω όμως είναι ότι αυτό είναι ένα πολύ καλό βιβλίο. Η Ιστορία επίσημη και ανεπίσημη και η μνήμη συλλογική και ατομική διατρέχουν το βιβλίο.Τι είναι αυτ [...]


    • Αναρωτιόμουν αν θα με αρέσει όσο κι ο Ηχος των Πραγμάτων Όταν Πέφτουν του ιδίου. Στην αρχή έλεγα «μπα, όχι». Στη συνέχεια έλεγα «μάλλον ναι». Ελάχιστα πιο φλύαρο απ' ό,τι θα ήθελα. Πέραν τούτου, αψεγάδιαστο. Το φινάλε καταπληκτικό.


    • Colombia. Gabriel Santoro junior, giovane giornalista con velleità letterarie, pubblica un romanzo d’esordio che parla della vita di Sara Guterman, carissima amica di famiglia ormai signora attempata, ebrea tedesca scappata, ancora bambina, con i genitori dall’altra parte del mondo per evitare i campi di concentramento hitleriani. Inspiegabilmente, la stroncatura più feroce all’opera di Gabriel Santoro arriva da parte di Gabriel Santoro senior, il padre, professore universitario, retore [...]


    • If you have not been to Latin America, you really should go. It can be hot or cold, jungle or desert, urban or rural, Spanish or Portuguese, European or Indigenous, or any infinite number of other variables. However, the one constant everywhere is the feeling that anything could happen at any time and none of it would surprise you in the least. This book captures that unique feeling which the author attributes to Colombia, but really exists everywhere in South and Central America, which can look [...]


    • WOW! This is Vasquez's first novel which Mario Vargas Llosa proclaimed "One of the most original new voices of Latin American literature." This book backs that claim. Although he has only three novels, I have read two (one in Spanish and English translation) and he is securing my vote. His writing is clear and concise and yet, very human dialogue but his plots weave wonderful tales of "What's next?" They are a form of human detective stories, with the main characters searching and reflecting on [...]


    • Μετά και από αυτο το βιβλίο του Vasquez μπορώ να δηλώνω και επίσημα φαν του.


    • If you like to stare into the mirror for hours until you see your parents, this book might be for you.With at least a small amount of deference to Sr. Vasquez, I have to say that this book was a dull journey through self-reflection that likely lost a tremendous amount of flavor in translation.The fact that this book is based on Colombian history from WWII put me at a disadvantage, because I know nothing about Colombian history. Thus, without further research, I found myself feeling as if I was t [...]


    • 4,5*Ένα πολύ ξεχωριστό βιβλίο,μια άγνωστη πτυχή της Ιστορίας του Β' Π.π,μια ιδιαίτερη γραφή,μια υπέροχη μετάφραση.Ξεκίνησα την ανάγνωσή του πριν ένα μήνα,ίσως και κάπως λιγότερο.Στην αρχή είναι πολύ δύσκολο να "μπεις" στην υπόθεση του βιβλίου:η εύθραστη σχέση πατέρα-γιου με αφ [...]


    • Οι πληροφοριοδότες μου άρεσαν περισσότερο από τον Ήχο των πραγμάτων όταν πέφτουν.Ο Βάσκες είναι ένας εξαιρετικός συγγραφέας, ελπίζω ότι δεν έχει γράψει ακόμα το καλύτερο βιβλίο του, το περιμένω.


    • Σε αντίθεση με τον μαγικό ρεαλισμό του Marquez, ο Vasquez κάνει για δεύτερη φορά το θαύμα του επιμένοντας στην απομάγευση.


    • Wow.I had to step back, take a breath, and simply sit in silence for a moment to process what I’ve been reading over the last few days. The backdrop of this story is a young Colombian writer is telling the story of a German expat who fifty years earlier, came to Colombia at the outset of World War II. His motives for writing this are unclear but it seems it’s in part to earn the esteem and respect of his father, a respected legal figure in the community. When his father publishes a scathing [...]


    • The Informers is the story of two Colombian men, a father and son with the same name, whose estrangement over the father’s caustic, dismissive review of the son’s oral history of a family friend, a German Jew, who came to Colombia in the 1930s, ends when the father has heart surgery. However, the wounds from the estrangement and from the surgery have hardly healed when the father dies in a car crash on the road from Medillin to Bogota and what the son understood about the father is suddenly [...]


    • From weeksnotice/2011/Juan Gabriel Vásquez's The Informers annoyed me at times. It sagged in the middle, but is beautifully written and engaging enough to continue on. The plot centers on Colombia during and just after World War II, as Germans (both Jews and Nazis) arrived and sought refuge. The main character Gabriel Santoro published a book on the topic, based on the story of a family friend. His father, a famous professor of rhetoric, trashed the book publicly, and the novel is about Gabriel [...]


    • I found this book exceptionally difficult to follow. The narration was at times three layers deep (one person relaying someone else's story, telling a third person's tale -- all three ing the first-person), with no change in narrative voice. The story was told in flashbacks, but was non-chronological (flashbacks within flashbacks, the plot going back or forward in time, "stream of conciousness" style). It will probably appeal to those who love books based on writing quality, as the writing is, w [...]


    • Μάλλον είμαι από τους λίγους που δεν μου αρεσε ιδιαίτερα.Ενώ από την αρχή, βρήκα το θέμα ιδιαίτερα ενδιαφέρον, αυτό νομίζω που με κούρασε πολύ ήταν ο τρόπος γραφής του - και γι αυτό έκανα και τόσο καιρό να το τελειώσω!Πολύ πυκνογραμμένο, απαιτεί πολύ μεγάλη συγκέντρωση και έχ [...]


    • Με δυσκόλεψε αρκετά στην αρχή μέχρι να μπω στο πνεύμα του βιβλίου, δεν συγκαταλέγεται στα ευκολοδιάβαστα. Η γραφή του αρκετά πυκνή που απαιτεί απόλυτη συγκέντρωση. Το θέμα του όμως αρκετά ενδιαφέρον κ πρωτόγνωρο για μένα, πραγματεύεται τις συνέπειες του Β' παγκοσμίου πολέμ [...]


    • Fascinating book about the nature of betrayal and how it victimizes both the betrayer and the betrayed. The story weaves back and forth in time from the 1990s back to the 1930s in Colombia and deals with both the political violence in Colombia as well as Colombia's treatment of citizens from Axis countries who had lived in Colombia for years, all at the behest of the US government. Quite an eye opener!


    • I made it 3/4 of the way through this book. Another reviewer used the term "soldiered on" – and it's an apt description of my own exhaustion. Characters refuse to come to life, surprising tragic turns fail to be tragic or surprising, endless episodes of constipated reflection fail to move either the mind or the imagination. Written with an obvious and deliberate intensity, it succeeds in being intensely inert. It appears to have been written by an (unfortunately) articulate zombie.


    • Book by Colombian author which in concept is incredibly similar to Soldiers of Salamis (which has the same translator). The Informers refers to the historical underpinnings of the book (explained in an afterword)– during WWII and under American pressure the Colombian government broker relations with the Axis powers and then introduced a series of blacklists of Axis citizens suspected of Nazi sympathies who were subject to detention (albeit in good conditions) and severe economic sanctions befo [...]





    • The Informers is a reflexive novel that explores a little known period of Colombian history when many Germans living in the country were blacklisted and interned at the insistence of the United States and its subsequent effects. Using a plot device of a falling out between father and son over the publication of a biography of a family friend – a German Jew who fled to Colombia in the 1930s – Vásquez’s narrative charts three intertwined family histories: a Jewish German family who has fled [...]


    • Les cuento mi experiencia, porque de verdad no sé cómo explicarles este libroEmpezamos con los personajes. Se desarrollan lentamente. Hay párrafos y párrafos, monólogos enteros. Precisamente así es el estilo de J.G. Vásquez. Cuando empecé leer, esperaba un 'thriller', o algo por el estilo. Las páginas se me escapaban, estaba devorando los párrafos, y todavía no llegaba a la médula de la novela. Empecé a odiarlo (me refiero a Vásquez). Lo odié porque me agarró con su narrativa de [...]


    • During the second world war, the Colombian government created a "black list" so that no one of German descent or anyone sympathetic to the Axis powers would be in a position to aid and abet the enemy. People found themselves on the list for acts as random as the Japanese grocer who happened to make a delivery to the Spanish Embassy. Others found themselves on the list through acts of betrayal. The book centers around the guilt of an "informer" who exposed a friend and never came to terms with wh [...]


    • After the first 60 pages.Tedious turgid crap. As a matter of principle I don't take recommendations from the sort of person who goes to book clubs. I suppose I deserve what I got.I could do this as a pair with the City of Thieves - both about a 'writer' deciding that his book will be about somebody who survived WWII. There the two part company. After the first sixty pages of this book nothing has happened. NOTHING!! If there is a story to come, I can't be arsed waiting for it. City of Thieves ha [...]


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