Prior to current success with The Sound of Things Falling, Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Informers has already been singled out for praise by Tóibín and Banville.
Readers who have been enjoying this year’s IMPAC Dublin Literary winner Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s, The Sound of Things Falling should check out his 2009 novel, The Informers.
The compelling story goes as follows: when Gabriel Santoro publishes his first book - a biography of a Jewish family friend who fled Germany for Colombia shortly before World War Two - his father writes a devastating review in a national newspaper. Why does he attack him so viciously?
Do the pages of his book hide some dangerous secret? As Gabriel sets out to discover what lies behind his father's anger, he finds himself undertaking an examination of the guilt and complicity at the heart of Colombian society.
Colm Tóibín lavished praise on the novel. “'For anyone who has read the entire works of Gabriel García Márquez and is in search of a new Colombian novelist, then Juan Gabriel Vásquez's The Informers is a thrilling new discovery,” he wrote in The Guardian.
“‘A fine and frightening study of how the past preys upon the present,” declared John Banville. “‘Like Sebald, Vásquez is interested in survivors and in the distortions of history and memory ... one of this year's outstanding books.”