Reputations (Riverhead Books)

Winner of several of the world’s most prestigious fiction prizes, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Spain’s Alfaguara Novel Prize, France’s Roger Caillois Award, and Italy’s Premio von Rezzori, and published in twenty-six countries and counting, Juan Gabriel Vásquez is one of the most celebrated writers alive today.With the support of Anne McLean’s brilliant translation, Vásquez’s arresting prose is on full display as he examines the construction of public identity, the burden of memory, and the intersection of the personal and the political, all within the bounds of this taut, electrifying page-turner, Reputations

Javier Mallarino is a living legend. He is his country's most influential political cartoonist, the consciousness of a nation. A man capable of repealing laws, overturning judges' decisions, destroying politicians' careers with his art. His weapons are pen and ink. Those in power fear him and pay him homage. At sixty-five, after four decades of a brilliant career, he's at the height of his powers. But this all changes when he's paid an unexpected visit from a young woman who upends his sense of personal history and forces him to re-evaluate his life and work, questioning his position in the world. 

In Reputations, Juan Gabriel Vasquez examines the weight of the past, how a public persona intersects with private histories, and the burdens and surprises of memory. In this intimate novel, Vasquez plumbs universal experiences to create a masterful story, one that reverberates long after you turn the final page.

Praise for Reputations

"Vasquez, who likely came to your attention with 2010's scathing The Informers and certainly made your reading list with The Sound of Things Falling, the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner, returns with a reverberant new work about a life suddenly challenged."--Library Journal 

"The narrative escalates, the mystery deepens, and the scope of the story widens with each page. This terrific novel draws on Colombia's tragic history and cycles of violence to tell the story of a troubled man trying to come to grips with the distant forces and events that have shaped his life."--Khaled Hosseini 

"A fine and frightening study of how the past preys upon the present..."--John Banville 

"I felt myself under the spell of a masterful writer. Juan Gabriel Vasquez has many gifts--intelligence, wit, energy, a deep vein of feeling--but he uses them so naturally that soon enough one forgets one's amazement at his talents, and then the strange, beautiful sorcery of his tale takes hold." --Nicole Krauss 

"Juan Gabriel Vasquez is one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature."--Mario Vargas Llosa 

"For anyone who has read the entire works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and is in search of a new Colombian novelist... a thrilling new discovery."--Colm Toibin

Juan Gabriel Vasquez was born in Bogota in 1973. His books include the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin award winner and national bestseller, The Sound of Things Falling, as well as the award-winning The Informers and The Secret History of Costaguana. Vasquez's books have been published in seventeen languages world-wide, and he is the recipient of the Prix Roger Caillois in France and the Alfaguara Prize in Spain. After sixteen years in France, Belgium, and Spain, he now lives in Bogota.

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