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La forma de las ruinas characters ¶ 104 Ì ❴Download❵ ➾ La forma de las ruinas Author Juan Gabriel Vásquez – 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 conspiracyEs 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 forma de las ePUB #180 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. Esas ruinas humanas eran memorandos de nuestros errores pasados y en algún momento fueron también profecías p 541These human remains were memories of our past mistakes and in some moment they were our prophecies tooThis line from the end of Juan Gabriel Vásuez's latest book sums up the challenging theme of the past comes back to haunt us Vásuez a Colombian who lives mostly in Barcelona digs up the dirt on Colombia's past or in his own words no podía dejar de pensar en mis crímenes 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 Nazi connection during the Second Wolrd War in The Informers So it didn't surprize me that in La forma de las ruinas Vásuez takes a front seat and starts telling an almost autobiographical role as one of the main characters His connection to Carlos Carballo a man introduced in the first pages after being caught trying to steal the suit from a museum of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán is alarming Gaitán was a leading political figure murdered in 1948 which cause unrest in the country His death had some speculating a conspiracy and uickly Vásuez adds in the Kennedy assignation and the book is off to conspiracy heaven To be honest the first 240 pages are riveting Then the book jumps back in time to the murder of Rafael Uribe Uribe in 1914 Vásuez spends a lot of time in this section underlining and connecting dots to his thesis of mis crímenes colombianos and I was starting to get a little overwhelmed The connection to a now lost book uiénes son by Marco Tulio Anzola was baffling and arresting at the same time Time buries things and Vásuez shines light on some of those books hidden away in the dustbins of history In true Vásuez fashion he brings everything back together they never really were gone He begins with an absolutely mesmerizing thesis on the past in the chapter called La forma de las ruinas Ruina can mean ruin or remain and his pondering about finding the remains of a person in history or anyone including one day his own rremains is shear brillianceYes Colombia has a dreadful past Vásuez left his country to raise his daughters in Spain and yet he also muses whether this is good for them Will they know his past; their heritage What does it mean to escape one's past especially when it is full of violence He visits Colombia often and always finds stories to uncover This one is remarkably strong and unlike a straight historical novel makes one think about things I have so much respect for this writerread in Spanish

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A sweeping tale of de las PDF #203 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 literary investigation When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet ridden suit of. Bogotá Colombia epicenter for Juan Gabriel Vásuez's sprawling masterpiece The Shape of the RuinsAssassinations conspiracy theories obsessions friends family births deaths memorials literary references they're all here most especially books and writers since the narrator of this multifaceted saga is none other than Juan Gabriel Vásuez 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 large 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 Eliécer Gaitán for attempting to steal the serge suit the liberal 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 recollections to propel the author to chronicle the story we're about to read Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Charismatic firebrand political leader loved by the people and the man likely to become Colombia's next president Gaitán was assassinated while walking down a busy sidewalk in Bogotá 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 scene in the country spiraled down into a bloodbath known as La Violencia which in turn was one of the factors that led to guerrilla insurrections death suads and those horrific Pablo Escobar years Fiery Jorge Eliécer Gaitán 1903 1948 Assassin Juan Roa Sierra pictured in the upper right Juan Roa Sierra The assassin who shot and killed Gaitán was a young Colombian by the name of Juan Roa Sierra Ah those demented loners who strike out on their own But wait could things possibly be complex We'll never know because Sierra was attacked and killed by a mob within minutes Why Well as reported by none other than Gabriel Garcia Máruez 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 Máruez recollects many years later 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 Gaitán's assassin ring any bells How about Lee Harvey Oswald Many Colombians particularly a conspiracy fanatic 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 Eliécer Gaitán'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 a lover of literature 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 loves his family however the swirl of conversations and revelations in his home city of Bogotá acts like a powerful magnet and Juan Gabriel uickly succumbs to its force At one point some weeks after leaving 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 lots 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 layering of many dimensions back there Oh yes the following eight chapter detonate with a fiesta of themes and threads historical political social cultural 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 Cortázar Juan Rulfo Juan Carlos Onetti F Scott Fitzgerald Malcolm Lowry and freuent inclusion of Gabriel Garcia Máruez and Jorge Luis Borges for exampl

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La forma de las ruinasA murdered Colombian politician few notice But soon this thwarted theft takes on greater La forma PDF or 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 explor. 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 Vásuez's La forma de las ruinas is based around two pivotal assassinations in 20th Century Colombian political history and the conspiracy theories that swirled around each There are two ways to view or contemplate what we call history one is the accidental vision for which history is the fateful product of an infinite chain of irrational acts unpredictable contingencies and random events life as unremitting chaos which we human beings try desperately to order; and the other is the conspiratorial vision a scenario of shadows and invisible hands and eyes that spy and voices that whisper in corners a theatre in which everything happens for a reason accidents don’t exist and much less coincidences and where the causes of events are silenced for reasons nobody knows “In politics nothing happens by accident” Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said “If it happens you can bet it was planned that way” This phrase which I haven’t been able to find uoted in any reliable source is loved by conspiracy theoristsIn 1914 as the Great War raged in Europe itself triggered of course by an assassination by Gavrilo Princip In October of the same year but on the other side of the world a man who was not an archduke but a General and a senator of the Republic of Colombia was assassinated not by bullets but the hatchet blows of two poor young men like Princip Rafael Uribe Uribe veteran of several civil wars uncontested leader of the Liberal Party in those days when being a liberal meant something was attacked at midday on the 15th by Leovigildo Galarza and Jesús Carvajal unemployed carpentersAnd three decades later the assassination by a lone gun man Juan Roa Sierra on 9 April 1948 of the great Liberal caudillo Jorge Eliécer Gaitán hero of the people and future president of the Republic of Colombia although in a later account of Gaitán in the closing pages of the novel he comes across as something of a dangerous populist in his tactics if not his policies freely borrowing from the cult created by MussoliniThis last killing eerily foreshadowed the assassination 15 years later of John F Kennedy with the reputed killer himself killed shortly afterwards albeit here at the hands of an angry mob followed by a wave of conspiracy theories and reports of a second gunman Like all Colombians I grew up hearing that Gaitán had been killed by the Conservatives that he’d been killed by the Liberals that he’d been killed by the Communists that he’d been killed by foreign spies that he’d been killed by the working classes feeling themselves betrayed that he’d been killed by the oligarchs feeling themselves under threat; and I accepted very early as we’ve all come to accept over time that the murderer Juan Roa Sierra was only the armed branch of a successfully silenced conspiracyAlthough Kennedy's death can be seen as the start of a wave of political violence that characterised the 1960s in the US the effect of Gaitán's death was dramatic On the day itself it triggered ten hours of rioting and retaliatory violence from the authorities with up to 3000 people believed to have been killed an event referred to as the Bogotazo the grandilouent nickname that we Colombians gave to that legendary day a long time agoAnd this was followed by a ten year civil war leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths and with repurcussions such as the drug gang violence from Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel in the 1980 1990s Colombians don’t agree on many things but we do all think that Gaitán’s murder was the direct cause of the Bogotazo with its three thousand casualties as well as the opening shot of the Violencia that would end eight years and three hundred thousand deaths laterApril 9 is a void in Colombian history yes but it is other things besides a solitary act that sent a whole nation into a bloody war; a collective neurosis that has taught us to distrust each other for than half a centuryThe book draws some interesting links between these events and the great Colombian novelist Gabriel García Máruez In the interviews with Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza documented in the book El Olor de la Guayaba The Fragrance of the Guava García Máruez reveals that the character of Colonel Aureliano Buendía in One Hundred Years of Solitude was loosely based on Rafael Uribe Uribe And in his autobiography Vivir para contarla Living to Tell The Tale García Máruez hints at conspiracies behind the Gaitán murder in particular a shadowy figure reputed to have incited the mob to take revenge on the alleged killer Many years later in my days as a reporter it occurred to me that the man had managed to have a false assassin killed in order to protect the identity of the real oneThe novel is narrated by a Colombian novelist called you've guessed it Juan Gabriel Vásuez As the novel opens his wife is about to give birth to two very premature babies as happened in the real author's life and he also encounters a surgeon who turns out to have parts of the post autopsy remains of Gaitán in his personal possession inherited from his father who performed the autopsy things that really