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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (19 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408852888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408852880
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.2 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Vasquez's prose, translated by Anne MacLean, is spare and effective, with a pleasing precision . A strong writer with a compelling vision (Guardian)

An affecting, carefully paced work of psychological realism (Times Literary Supplement)

A masterful writer (Nicole Krauss)

A thrilling new discovery (Colm Tóibín)

This is a magnificent novel, short and dense, whose three parts are calibrated to the millimetre (Le Monde)

This is a powerfully written novella and Vásquez's prose, as always, has a stark elegance that lends it weight (Frank Wynne)

A troubling story of a political cartoonist who finds his convictions tested when a traumatic past event returns to haunt him ... will take you far away into different and secret worlds (Mariella Fostrup Observer)

Another gripping morality tale that was much bigger in scope than its slim volume might suggest (Mariella Frostup Observer, 'Book of the Year')

In the latest offering by Colombian author of The Sounds of Things Falling, a celebrated political cartoonist us forced to confront an episode from his past - one that is likely not only to ruin his reputation but also leave his own sense of righteousness in tatters (Angel Gurria-Quintana Financial Times, 'Books of the Year')

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A taut new novel by the award-winning author of The Sound of Things Falling - 'one of the most original voices of Latin American literature', Mario Vargas Llosa

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Excellent book which slowly reveals its dark core as the story goes on
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This book doesn't remotely live up to its hype, or to the promise hinted at in the Kindle sample. There is little insight into the creative process of a political cartoonist; nor is there any detailed background to the political situation in Columbia. Only one character - the cartoonist - is developed fully; in fact the book overanalyses this character and his reaction to the past traumatic event making it a turgid read. Overall this book seems like a badly missed opportunity to write something of far greater worth.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance rendered again by Juan Gabriel Vasquez 28 Sept. 2016
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After finishing his brilliant The Sounds of Things Falling I hungered for more of Juan Gabriel Vasquez' superb storytelling and his craftsmanship rendering words into rich and sinuous images. Credit of course must be given to a gifted translator. The story's protagonist is a renowned political cartoonist/caricaturist for a Colombian newspaper whose piquant cartoons can bring down governments, politicians and lives through the humiliation of humor. After being celebrated for his illustrious career he returns home to his mountain home to find a visitor who brings back an episode that had inspired a particularly bitter and fateful cartoon from decades past. He must now face his own caricature and the honesty of his work and his life. This story mesmerizes for the intricate and subtle details of mood and emotion woven by the choice and rhythm of the words. It breaths in and exhales as if animate and carries the reader along as an observer, a fly on the wall of the conscience of the protagonist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deep exploration of humiliation and its consequences in modern societies 27 Dec. 2016
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One’s “reputation,” or in other words one’s standing in society, reflects on the positive side one’s achievements and the rewards they earn, and on the other negative side one’s faults, and the humiliations they lead to. These humiliations need to be witnessed by members of the society, or else they would go unnoticed and have no consequences. No one can ever be humiliated with nobody else knowing about it.

In this superb novel Juan Gabriel Vásquez tells the story of Javier Mallarino, an immensely successful Colombian political caricaturist. As a rule, a caricature humiliates its subject, and we get to see why and how such humiliation is inflicted as well as the tragic consequences not only for its subject, and for the victims of its subject’s misdeeds, but also for the humiliating caricaturist, the humiliator himself.

All humans live in society, and their actions affect others. In the end, the functioning of a society is reducible to the interactions of its members. When the behavior of one of the interacting people elicits the condemnation of all those who witnessed some part of the interaction, then the mechanism of humiliation is set in action. But, in the heat of the moment, and on the basis of a negative gut-reaction to a person, people who witness some part of such a disgraceful interaction may misinterpret what they see and then the process of humiliation may hurt an innocent person causing tragic consequences. On a larger scale, all the history of a society can be vitiated by such misinterpretations, be they ever so honestly arrived at.

At the other end, such misinterpretations may stem not from incomplete information, as could be the case in this novel, but from deliberate circulation of “fake news.” In that sense this novel is quite prophetic.

As I arrived to the last part of this novel, I remembered the famous anecdote about Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, one of a handful of major scientific geniuses of the twentieth century, who after reading “A Passage to India,” asked his University of Cambridge colleague E.M. Forster, the author of that masterpiece, “What really happened in the Marabar Caves?” and got the answer “I don’t really know” from Forster. To his credit Juan Gabriel Vásquez pulls off in a most natural way a similar conclusion to the Marabar-Caves-type incident in this novel.

The style of “Reputations” beautifully creates the right atmosphere for every one of its scenes. The reader can follow each character’s flow of emotions and understand how they could act the way they do. The main event of the novel happens during a party, and the horror of it is marvelously overshadowed by polite party chit-chat with the intentional result that where in lesser hands I, the reader, should have had to recoil in outrage, I found myself roaring with laughter.

Coming in the wake of “The Informers” and of “The Sound of Things Falling,” “Reputations” confirms the position of Juan Gabriel Vásquez, as one of the twenty-first century’s great novelists
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite reads in the last year 26 Feb. 2017
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A stunning look at reputation, solitude, humiliation, power, and memory, ensconced in the political and cultural landscape of Columbia--and the past. A short and easy read, both in English and Spanish, leaves you breathless by the end, and wanting more.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as strong as other work 30 Jan. 2017
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I have really enjoyed Vasquez's other works, but this just didn't have the same impact. The protagonist is very self-involved, which is part of the plot in a sense, and not particularly likeable. The other characters aren't well developed and even the protagonists closest friends seem like ghosts.
This is an OK book, but I suspect I'll forget I even read it before long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 Jan. 2017
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I was blown away
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