Juan Gabriel Vasquez Courtesy Penguin Random House
Courtesy Penguin Random House

Understanding Colombia through the books of Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Both his novels and nonfiction books focus on the political situation in Colombia.


Cuisine as a Social Weapon

August 17th, 2022

The Magic of Life

August 11th, 2022

Childhood Memories

August 10th, 2022

A Date with Literature

August 8th, 2022

'Mambo Kings'

August 8th, 2022

'Animal Siege'

August 1st, 2022

A refreshing Summer read

July 28th, 2022


In October 2016, Colombian film director Sergio Cabrera attended a retrospective of his films in Barcelona. It is a difficult time: his father, Fausto Cabrera, has just died, his marriage is in crisis, and his country has rejected peace agreements that would have ended more than 50 years of war.

Over the course of a few revealing days, Cabrera will recall the events that marked his life and that of his father. From the Spanish Civil War to the exile of his republican family in America, from the China of the Cultural Revolution to the armed movements of the 1960s, the reader will witness a life that is much more than a great adventure: it is a picture of half a century of history that shook the whole world.

In Volver la vista atrás (Alfaguara, 2021), Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez paints a devastating portrait of a family dragged by the forces of history, a "nonfiction" account of the relationships between parents and children marked by political ideas and fanaticism. 

"It is written from the same obsession that has animated almost all my books. That obsession to tell the space where private lives, intimate lives, collide with the mysterious forces of history and politics," Vasquez told the newspaper El Tiempo in a recent interview. 

"In this book there is nothing invented, but there is my interpretation of a biographical reality. What I hope is that the reader extracts these suggestions that the story makes by itself. While I was discovering and exploring the passionate story of Sergio Cabrera, my challenge as a novelist was to put aside all my previous intentions, my preconceptions, my own convictions, to tell it from the characters," added Vasquez about his latest novel, winner of the Vargas Llosa 2021 Biennial Prize.

Defined as the successor to García Márquez "as Colombia's great literary master," according to literary critic Ariel Dorfman in The New York Review of Books, Vasquez is the author of eight novels, mostly translated into English. The most notable is El Ruido de las cosas (The Sound of Things Falling), winner of the 2011 Alfaguara Novel Prize, and translated into English. 
"I write because there is something I don't understand, that seems obscure to me, and fiction writing is a way of interrogating that reality and one of my obsessions is the relationship we have with our past," explained the Colombian writer in a recent interview with El País on the occasion of the publication of his latest book, Los desacuerdos de paz: artículos y conversaciones (2012-2022), a compilation of nonfiction texts in which he reviews the political situation in his country. 

The book reviews the peace negotiations with the FARC, a process that has brought so much hope and polarization to Colombia. The views span opinion columns in media around the world, to conversations with former President Juan Manuel Santos, with the head of the Colombian government's negotiating team in Havana, Humberto de la Calle, and with sculptor Doris Salcedo.

According to the critics, Los desacuerdos de paz not only documents the events of the last 10 years, it also proposes a reflection on the lies and violence that have degraded citizen coexistence.


  • Join the discussion! Leave a comment.

  • or
  • to comment.
These are 2 pay checks $17367 and $18367. that I got in last 2 months.I am extremely cheerful that I can influence thousands in my part to time and now I am making the most of my life.Everybody can do this and acquire heaps of dollars from home in brief time period.Just visit this site now.GOOD LUCK..
HERE====)> 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐲𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝟐.𝐜𝐨𝐦

I make more then $12,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 11 to 12 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it…

HERE====) 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐣𝐨𝐛𝐳.𝐜𝐨𝐦
𝐈 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 $𝟗𝟎 𝐭𝐨 $4𝟎𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞. 𝐈 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐛 𝟑 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐚𝐠𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐲 $𝟏𝟎𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬 . 𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞…

Open The Link———–>>> 𝘄𝘄𝘄.𝗡𝗲𝘁𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗵𝟭.𝗖𝗼𝗺
Home-based job that pays more than $17,000 per month by doing simple tasks on a laptop or mobile device part-time. Last month, I earned $16783 from this job by working 4 hours per day online. Very simple jobs to do, and the earnings are insane. Everyone can now make more money online by joining the website listed below….. RIGHT HERE —————-> 𝗪𝘄𝘄.𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗝𝗼𝗯𝟭.𝗰𝗼𝗺

  • Join the discussion! Leave a comment.

  • or
  • to comment.
00:00 / 00:00
Ads destiny link