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Author(s): Hector Abad

Location(s): Medellin

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1960s-1990



The place is Medellín, Colombia’s second-largest city, and the time is the quarter-­century from the early 1960s until 1987. Oblivion is a memorial to the author’s father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. A work of deep feeling and consummate skill, it paints an unforgettable picture of a man who followed his conscience and paid for it with his life, during one of the darkest periods in Latin America’s recent history.

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‘An unbearably moving, eloquent tribute to the author’s father — who was murdered by Colombian paramilitaries in 1987 — that is fit to burst with love and pride.’ Sunday Telegraph

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