De geheime geschiedenis van Costaguana


Londen, 1903. Joseph Conrad zit te worstelen met zijn nieuwe roman. De voortgang is traag en hij zou wel wat hulp kunnen gebruiken. Die hulp komt in de vorm van José Altamirano, Colombiaan van geboorte en net aangekomen in Londen. Hij vertelt Conrad zijn levensverhaal. José is getuige geweest van de meeste gruwelijke dingen die een mens meegemaakt kan hebben, en hij draagt op zijn schouders niet alleen de last van een schuldig geweten, maar ook een geschiedenis die bijna zijn einde betekende. Wanner Nostromo van Conrad het jaar erop wordt gepubliceerd, is José woest om w at hij leest. De geheime geschiedenis van Costaguana is José Altamirano's vinnige antwoord aan Joseph Conrad. Een grootse roman, tragisch en wanhopig, komisch en vol inzicht tegelijkertijd, opgetekend door een verteller die een enorme rekening te vereffenen heeft.
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Juan Gabriel Vásquez
* National Bestseller and winner of the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
* Hailed by Edmund White as "a brilliant new novel" on the cover of the New York Times Book Review
* Lauded by Jonathan Franzen, E. L. Doctorow and many others
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Juan Gabriel Vásquez has been hailed not only as one of South America’s greatest literary stars, but also as one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. In this gorgeously wrought, award-winning novel, Vásquez confronts the history of his home country, Colombia.

In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medellín cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.

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