Good Offices

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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4.9 X 0.5 X 6.9 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Evelio Rosero was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1958. He was awarded Colombia's National Literature Prize by the Ministry of Culture in 2006 for his body of work, which includes several novels, short story collections, and books for young readers and children. The Armies, Rosero's first novel to be translated into English, won the Tusquets International Prize and the 2009 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
Anne McLean lives in Toronto and has translated the works of authors including Javier Cercas, Julio Cortázar, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and Enrique Vila-Matas.
Anna Milsom, b. 1951, is an acclaimed experimental artist.


The stringent satire, with nods to Victor Hugo, never eclipses the fragile dilemmas of the put-upon acolyte, while the novel hints at a wider web of sinister power and patronage that entails cocaine, corruption and, above all, fear. The translation is sublime. Moving from offbeat humour to soaring spiritual ecstasy, it has both pathos and punch.
Rosero's colourful cast of characters will remain in your memory long after the final page is turned, particularly those whose outward appearance belies their inner turmoil...Just as The Armies depicted the chaos that erupts in a rural town besieged by violence, Good Offices focuses on a small, insular community, in order to highlight a wider malaise. Rosero's evocative prose is lucidly translated by Anne Mclean and Anna Milsom, and his darkly comic satire hits its mark with an unsettling ferocity.--Lucy Popescu
Translated into a dozen European languages, published by the finest houses in Spain and Latin America, praised by critics, studied in universities, Rosero's dark worlds have managed to reach a wide audience. He is an oddity indeed, a writer who in spite of the considerable recognition he has attained has never come out of hiding. . . . Rosero affirms unashamedly that literature can and should change social reality, and that this is one of its main functions.