Reputations - Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Staff Pick

Let me begin with a warning: if you hear Colombian writer and think magic realism, Reputations (Riverhead, $25) is not what you’re thinking. This is more like what might happen if a magic-realist hand lifted Philip Roth from Newark, New Jersey, and dropped him in the mountainous suburbs of Bogotá. Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling, is considered one of Colombia’s great contemporary writers, and for good reason—his writing is as emotionally and politically acute as it gets, with some Rothian swagger thrown in. The protagonist of Reputations is a man who’s losing his swagger. Javier Mallarino is a revered political cartoonist, an artist who’s made and, perhaps more importantly, destroyed careers. At the start of the novel, he receives an award from the Colombian government: his face on a stamp. He’s official. He’s enshrined—and he doesn’t like it. He never meant to be an insider or a hero, and so when a long-forgotten friend of his daughter’s begins asking questions about the consequences of his work, Mallarino is right there with her, legacy be damned.

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ISBN: 9781594633478
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 20th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780735216860
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 19th, 2017

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