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The Shape of the Ruins

The Shape of the Ruins
  • Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  • Location(s): Colombia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

It takes the form of personal and formal investigations into two political assassinations – the murders of Rafael Uribe Uribe in 1914, the man who inspired García Márquez’s General Buendia in One Hundred Years of Solitude, and of the...

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Crisis

Crisis
  • Author(s): Frank Gardner
  • Location(s): Colombia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions. Hunted down, captured, tortured and on the run...

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El Mono

El Mono
  • Author(s): Tony Cleaver
  • Location(s): Bogota, Colombia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When Karin Roth goes to Bogotá as an exchange student she quickly falls in love with the country and its people. Lively, attractive, and opinionated, she soon has a wide circle of Colombian friends, and is studying and partying...

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Misspelled Paradise

Misspelled Paradise
  • Author(s): Bryanna Plog
  • Location(s): Colombia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Stretches of warm Caribbean beaches. Donkeys trotting down muddy roads. Vibrant cities alive with music, color, and humanity. If you’re looking for a book about Colombia that involves harrowing escapes from FARC guerrillas or tales of drug smuggling… this...

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Author(s): Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Location(s): Colombia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Various

In the best-known – and perhaps most dazzling – novel to come out of Latin America, Colombia’s favourite son takes us on a magic carpet ride through his country’s turbulent past. Historical fact is liberally mixed with fantasy in...

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Short Walks from Bogotá

Short Walks from Bogotá
  • Author(s): Tom Feiling
  • Location(s): Bogota
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

For decades, Colombia was the ‘narcostate’. Now travel to Colombia and South America is on the rise, and it’s seen as one of the rising stars of the global economy. Where does the truth lie? Writer and journalist Tom...

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The General in his Labyrinth

The General in his Labyrinth
  • Author(s): Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Location(s): Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 1800s

This is the story of the last days of Simon Bolivar who was the liberator of South America (or more acurately Gran Colombia, which comprised present day Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador). He has driven out the Spanish and is...

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The Robber of Memories

The Robber of Memories
  • Author(s): Michael Jacobs
  • Location(s): Colombia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Running through the heart of Colombia is a river emblematic of the fascination and tragedy of South America, the Magdalena. Considered by some the most dangerous place in the world, travellers along the river – for centuries the only...

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Feast of the Innocents

Feast of the Innocents
  • Author(s): Evelio Rosero
  • Location(s): San Juan de Pasto
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

Doctor Justo Pastor Proceso López, adored by his female patients but despised by his wife and daughters, has a burning ambition: to prove to the world that the myth of Simón Bolívar, El Libertador,  is a sham and a scandal. In...

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Oblivion

Oblivion
  • 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...

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