Reputations (Hardcover)

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“The important thing in our society is not what goes on, but who tells us what goes on.” So says Javier Mallarino, the most important political cartoonist in his country.  Feared and adored equally for his ruthless drawings interpreting current events, his self-regard is as large as his legend. But when a visitor from his past appears with a devastating accusation, he begins to examine his legacy and question his life’s work. This novel shines a light on the dark psychological corners of self-righteous indignation.

- Cindy

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A brilliant novel about the power of politics and personal memory from one of South America's literary stars, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Things Falling.

Javier Mallarino is a living legend. He is his country's most influential political cartoonist, the consciousness of a nation. A man capable of repealing laws, overturning judges' decisions, destroying politicians' careers with his art. His weapons are pen and ink. Those in power fear him and pay him homage.

After four decades of a brilliant career, he's at the height of his powers. But this all changes when he's paid an unexpected visit from a young woman who upends his sense of personal history and forces him to re-evaluate his life and work, questioning his position in the world.

In Reputations, Juan Gabriel Vsquez examines the weight of the past, how a public persona intersects with private histories, and the burdens and surprises of memory. In this intimate novel that recalls authors like Coetzee and Ian McEwan, Vsquez plumbs universal experiences to create a masterful story, one that reverberates long after you turn the final page.

Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, Newsweek, the Guardian, and Kirkus

About the Author

Juan Gabriel Vsquez's previous books include the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner and national bestseller, The Sound of Things Falling, as well as the award-winning The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana, and the story collection Lovers on All Saints' Day. Vsquez's novels have been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. After sixteen years in France, Belgium, and Spain, he now lives in Bogot. Anne McLean translates Latin American and Spanish novels, short stories, memoirs, and other writings. She has twice won both the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Premio Valle Incln, and received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with Juan Gabriel Vsquez for his novel The Sound of Things Falling. She lives in Toronto.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594633478
ISBN-10: 1594633479
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English

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