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Riverhead Books
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6.4 X 9.2 X 1.6 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's previous books include the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner and bestseller The Sound of Things Falling and the Booker International finalist The Shape of the Ruins, as well as the award-winning Reputations, The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana, and the story collection Lovers on All Saints' Day. His books have been published in forty languages worldwide. After sixteen years in Europe, he now lives in Bogotá.

Anne McLean is a Spanish-language translator who has twice won both the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Premio Valle Inclán. She received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with Juan Gabriel Vásquez for his novel The Sound of Things Falling. She lives in Toronto.


Winner of the Biennial Mario Vargas Llosa Novel Prize
Winner of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger

Praise for Retrospective

"Imagine two Colombian adolescents as the only guests in a Communist party foreigners' hotel in China. Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a Colombian writer with the talent to keep a magician's equilibrium between reality and fiction.... Fascinating... Beautifully written and gripping." -- Gioconda Belli, The Guardian

"Juan Gabriel Vásquez is one of the most impressive novelists currently writing in Latin America... [H]e has produced half a dozen major works, to which Retrospective is a masterly addition." - Times Literary Supplement

"One of the great novels to have been written in our language." - Mario Vargas Llosa

"Vásquez's portrait of Sergio--based on more than 30 hours of interviews with Cabrera, according to an author's note--isn't simply a critique of authoritarian doctrine. Rather, the story is a more tender bildungsroman about the ways that heartbreak and political disillusionment intertwine to form our personalities... A strong entry in the author's careerlong exploration of the ways the political winds can change an artist's fortunes. A sharp study of the perils of ideology in collision with art." - Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Juan Gabriel Vásquez

"Masterly." --Yiyun Li, New York Times Book Review

"Razor-sharp." --O, The Oprah Magazine