The Informers

The Informers

Book - 2008
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When Gabriel Santoro publishes his first book, a biography of a Jewish family friend who fled Germany for Colombia shortly before World War Two, it never occurs to him that his father will write a devastating review in a national newspaper. Why does he attack him so viciously? Do the pages of his book unwittingly hide some dangerous secret? As Gabriel sets out to discover what lies behind his father's anger, he finds himself undertaking an examination of the guilt and complicity at theheart of Colombian society, as one treacherous act perpetrated in those dark days returns with a vengeance half a century later.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2008.
ISBN: 9780747596516
9780747592570
0747592578
Branch Call Number: VAS
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 23 cm

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Mark_Daly Jan 05, 2017

The storytelling is seductive, and the prose style in this translation is effortlessly fluid and entertaining, but the plot takes FOREVER to get to the point.

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Pisinga
Feb 17, 2016

Maybe for someone this period in the history of Colombia, around which the unfolding all events, seems completely insignificant and uninteresting, but this book is written so talented (and we must pay tribute to the English translation), it is not possible to put it down until finishing reading.
The first part mainly focuses on the ambiguous relationships between father and son, both pretty intelligent and well-read people. In the book there's a lot of philology, which is understandable, because the author has studied literature at the Sorbonne, and not only there. That, unfortunately, is not a case (I mean, studying literature) for many modern authors who are producing writings, like bread baking.
The middle part of the book, between different topics, addresses the issue of immigration. It seems to me that despite the fact that everything happened in the 40s in Colombia, much remains quite relevant to this days: what it means to stay be a patriot of motherland while by one or other reason somebody resulted in emigration, in a totally alien environment? To what level you need to take the laws of the country host as rules? To what extent adherence to their own country - the habits, language, etc., should be legalized and accepted in the host country?

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empbee
Jun 17, 2015

Interesting book about German emigrants in war time Colombia. Secrets of the famous, sins of youth, compassion and other emotions. Stretched at times but well written.

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uncommonreader
Dec 07, 2014

Subtle and understated, this novel about betrayal is set during WW II in Columbia and tells of the little known history of the blacklists and internment of Germans during this period. Vasquez provides no clear resolution to his story. Highly recommended.

ser_library Feb 10, 2014

a beautifully written and translated complex novel which is thought provoking and discussable

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