Juan Gabriel Vasquez: "The Sound Of Things Falling"

Juan Gabriel Vasquez: "The Sound Of Things Falling"

A new novel set in Colombia explores what happens when an entire nation is gripped by fear. How Colombia's brutal drug wars alter a generation - and how a nation reclaims its soul.

A new novel set in Colombia tells the story of a young man from a once-prominent family that lapses into genteel poverty. An idealistic American woman rents a room in their Bogota home while she trains as a Peace Corps volunteer. It's 1969. The two young people fall in love, marry and have a child. But soon their happiness is destroyed -- a victim of the illegal drug trade that devastates the nation. Corruption is everywhere, killings become commonplace and fear permeates daily life. How Colombia's brutal drug wars terrorize a generation and how a nation reclaims its soul.

Guests

Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Colombian author of several prize-winning novels, including "The Informers."

Read An Excerpt

Excerpted from THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING by Juan Gabriel Vásquez by arrangement with Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc., Copyright © 2013 by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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