Long before Mexico descended into its drug war, the phrase itself was invented in another country. In the 1980s the underground industry that processed coca into cocaine and shipped it northward to U.S. consumers transformed Colombian society. It created drug barons who became public villains and icons, and it saw a country and its institutions nearly consumed by a culture of violence.
Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s deeply affecting and closely observed new novel takes up the psychic aftermath of that era, as residents of Colombia’s capital, Bogota, struggle to make sense of the disorder and dysfunction that’s enveloped their daily lives.
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The Sound of Things Falling
Juan Gabriel Vasquez