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Juan Gabriel Vasquez is widely regarded as one of the most significant novelists to emerge from South America in the post-Marquez generation Vasquez's first novel The Informers was widely praised and short-listed for the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction 2009 Widespread review coverage is expected
Juan Gabriel Vasquez was born in Bogota in 1973. He studied Latin American literature at the Sorbonne between 1996 and 1998, and now lives in Barcelona. His stories have appeared in anthologies in Germany, France, Spain and Colombia, and he has translated works by E. M. Forster and Victor Hugo, amongst others, into Spanish. He was recently nominated as one of the Bogota 39, South America's most promising writers of the new generation. His highly praised novel The Informers, the first of his books to be translated into English, has been published in eight languages worldwide. Anne McLean has twice won the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction: for Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas in 2004 (which also won her the Valle Inclan Award) and for The Armies by Evelio Rosero in 2009.
'Splendid' Daily Telegraph 'Vivid, forceful, masterly' Guardian 'A humorous, picaresque novel of adventure and a knowing take on a family saga' Guardian 'Juan Gabriel Vasquez is one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature.' Mario Vargas Llosa