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Vasquez, Juan Gabriel (Translated by Anne McLean) . THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING. New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 275 pages. As New/As New.

The author's third novel to be translated into English. One of the finest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Juan Gabriel Vasquez's "El ruido de las cosas al caer" in a felicitous English translation. Published to enormous critical acclaim, the novel is nothing less than an attempt to re-write (to equal if not transcend) Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (1970) as the true, authentic, and definitive history of Colombia in novel form. Its staggering ambition is, fortunately, matched by its formal invention and the author's sheer immense talent. "Maps the deep, cascading damage done to our world by greed and violence and concedes that even love can't repair it" (TIME Magazine). Juan Gabriel Vasquez is the heir to both Gabriel Garcia Marquez (his inescapable Colombian predecessor) and Roberto Bolano (who would have been his contemporary mentor had the latter not died). His attempt to forge a new literary style that seemingly departs from Magical Realism will ultimately be seen for what is: A (necessary) misreading of Magical Realism. His stylistic innovations expand significantly upon the literary path that Bolano found. An absolute "must-have" title for Juan Gabriel Vasquez collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Juan Gabriel Vasquez 2013". Vasquez signed on top of the page, making his signature even more prominent. One of its "headline" star/writers, Vasquez made a one-time-only appearance at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2013 to launch the book. Laid-in are pristine copies of the Souvenir Program and Bookmark of the Festival, during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Its value will not only keep but increase quickly. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for "The Sound of Things Falling" in 2014. One of the most brilliant living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JUAN GABRIEL VASQUEZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1594487480. $150.00

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