The Armies

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5.26 X 7.96 X 0.63 inches | 0.54 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.


A disturbing allegory of life during wartime, in which little appears to happen while at the same time entire lives and worlds collapse. This is an important and powerful book.
Evelio Rosero has dipped his pen in blood and written an epic in 215 pages. If anyone has wondered if there is life in the Colombian novel after magical realism, this is the evidence of the extraordinary power of that country's literature.--Linda Grant
A brutal but beautiful novel about life in Colombia ... has won the Independent foreign fiction prize [UK].--Alison Flood
A scathing indictment of the current political situation in Colombia.--Roberta Gordenstein
It is an extraordinary, devastating book, spare and gripping, by turns painful and cruel.... Rosero is unflinching.--Ben Ehrenreich
The best literary rendering of the Colombian conflict to reach American readers since Márquez...Nightmarish, surreal, yet true to life.--Megan Doll
The Armies is written in a compressed, lean style, which addresses the difficulty of the material with uncompromising clarity. It is a fragile tone, but Anne McLean's translation does full justice to it.