Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Shape of the Ruins

Juan Gabriel Vásquez discusses his new book in conversation with novelist Claire Messud.

The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of 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 killings.

This novel explores the darkest moments of a country's past and brings to life the ways in which past violence shapes our present lives. 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 memories.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's previous books include the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner and national bestseller, The Sound of Things Falling, as well as the award-winning Reputations, The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana, and the story collection Lovers on All Saints' Day. Vásquez's novels have been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. After sixteen years in France, Belgium, and Spain, he now lives in Bogotá.

Event date: 
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
The Shape of the Ruins: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211148
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Riverhead Books - September 25th, 2018

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