Juan Gabriel Vásquez: The Informers (Translated by Anne McLean)

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez: <em>The Informers</em> (Translated by Anne McLean)

Revealing a Colombian past

Has Gabriel García Márquez really given up writing fiction? If so, there’s an upside—other Colombian writers will finally get the attention they deserve.

The Bogotá-born Vásquez is one of them, with a fresh, exciting voice and an elegantly written debut.

The Informers’ narrator, Gabriel Santoro, seeks to confront his father, an esteemed professor and lawyer who’s written a scathing review of Gabriel’s new book, a biography about a lifelong Jewish friend exiled to Colombia after escaping Nazi Germany. Santoro discovers the history of a blacklist for Nazi sympathizers and his father’s involvement. The revelation leads to an act of betrayal and to desires for clarity and forgiveness.