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Juan Gabriel Vásquez is 2014 IMPAC winner

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Vásquez - "I've always felt at home in Dublin and in Irish literature. So in more ways than one, this prize is a sort of homecoming" Photo: Jason Clarke

Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez has been named the winner of the €100,000 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award for his book, The Sound of Things Falling.

The award, organised by the Public Library service of Dublin City Council, is the world's largest prize for a single novel published in English, and Vásquez' book was translated by Anne McLean.

Author Donal Ryan, a native of Nenagh in Co Tipperary, was among the authors on this year's shortlist for his book, The Spinning Heart, as was Belfast-born David Park for The Light of Amsterdam.

Commenting on his win, Vásquez said: "For me, it's all about the names: the names of writers who have received the award before me and whose work I've admired and looked up to; but particularly the name of James Joyce."

He continued: "I have often said that there are two books that made me want to become a writer: One Hundred Years of Solitude, which I read when I was 16, and Ulysses, which I read three years later. I've always felt at home in Dublin and in Irish literature.

"So in more ways than one, this prize is a sort of homecoming."

Vásquez received €75,000, with translator McLean receiving €25,000.

Click here to read RTÉ Ten's review of The Sound of Things Falling.

The judges said of the winning novel: "The Sound of Things Falling is a consummate literary thriller that resonates long after the final page.

"Through a masterly command of layered time periods, spiralling mysteries and a noir palette, it reveals how intimate lives are overshadowed by history; how the past preys on the present; and how the fate of individuals as well as countries is moulded by distant, or covert, events."

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