An author is lured into a serpentine conspiracy theory in Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s gripping tale of intrigue and assassination in Colombia. Translated by Anne McLean.

In a blend of fiction, historical narrative and autobiography, Juan Gabriel Vásquez explores how dark moments from a country’s past resonate in the present. The author initially refuses to be drawn into a conspiracy theory about the 1948 murder of the popular politician Jorge Eliécer Gaitán.  But when Gaitán’s vertebrae, stored in a glass jar in a friend’s house, go missing, Vásquez feels compelled to investigate. So begins a chain of events that uncovers a second, even darker conspiracy.

The Man Booker International Prize 2019
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Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Juan Gabriel Vásquez

About the Author

Juan Gabriel Vásquez was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in January 1973.
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Anne McLean

About the Translator

Anne McLean was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in November 1962.
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