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Juan Gabriel Vásquez    

Colombian Writer; Author of "The Sound of Things Falling"

Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a Colombian writer and the author of "The Sound of Things Falling," released in August 2013 from Riverhead Books.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez studied law in his native city, at the University of Rosario in Bogotá, and after graduating left to France, where he lived in París from 1996 to 1999. There, at the Sorbonne, he received a doctorate in Latin American literature. Later he moved to a small town in the Ardennes in Belgium. After living there for a year, he moved to Barcelona, where he resided until 2012.

Vásquez is the author of three novels — "Los informantes," "Historia secreta de Costaguana" and "El ruido de las cosas al caer." He wrote two others, which he prefers to ignore, when he was 23 and 25 years old: "Persona" and "Alina suplicante."

Vásquez, who collaborates in diverse reviews and cultural supplements, also writes essays and is a weekly columnist in the Colombian newspaper, El Espectador. He has had critical success including the three cited novels. His stories have appeared in anthologies in different countries and his novels have been translated to various languages. Furthermore, he himself has translated works of John Hersey, Victor Hugo and E. M. Forster, among others. He was part of the jury of 81 Latin American and Spanish writers and critics who in 2007 elected for the Colombian review, Semana, the best 100 books in the Castilian language in the last 25 years.

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