The Secret History of Costaguana

By Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Tr. by Anne McLean. Publisher: Riverhead


Vásquez spins a multitextured tale of a Colombian man who has endured multiple revolutions and personal tragedies only to have the story of his life and country stolen from him by Joseph Conrad, who turned it into Nostromo. A deeply lyrical, stylistically and thematically rich historical novel.




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Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books
The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public-library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.
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