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Vasquez, Juan Gabriel (Translated by Anne McLean) . THE INFORMERS. New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 360 pages. As New/As New.

The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of the most important literary debuts 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 small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Juan Gabriel Vasquez's "Informantes" in a felicitous English translation. His sensational debut. "A virtuosic novel about family, history, memory, and betrayal from the brightest new Latin-American literary talent working today. With a taut, riveting narrative and achingly beautiful prose, Juan Gabriel Vasquez delivers an expansive, powerful exploration of the sins of our fathers, of war's devastating psychological costs, and of the inescapability of the past. A novel that has earned Vasquez comparisons to Sebald, Borges, Roth, and Marquez" (Publisher's blurb). 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. "My task was to look for that place where private secrets cross paths with public ones, and shed a little light on it. 'Novels', said Balzac, 'are the private history of nations' " (Juan Gabriel Vasquez). An absolute "must-have" title for Juan Gabriel Vasquez collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Juan Gabriel Vasquez 2013". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Vasquez signed on top of the page, making his signature even more prominent. Laid-in are pristine copies of the Souvenir Materials of the event dhring which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online, particularly the British Edition, have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JUAN GABRIEL VASQUEZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1594488789. $100.00

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