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The secret history of costaguana

A tale inspired by Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" follows the story of Colombian-born José Altamirano, who reveals his integral role in the classic's writing and who pens his own version of events against a backdrop of a flourishing twentieth-century London and lawless Panama.

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  • "A tale inspired by Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" follows the story of Colombian-born José Altamirano, who reveals his integral role in the classic's writing and who pens his own version of events against a backdrop of a flourishing twentieth-century London and lawless Panama."
  • "A tale inspired by Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" follows the story of Colombian-born José Altamirano, who reveals his integral role in the classic's writing and who pens his own version of events against a backdrop of a flourishing twentieth-century London and lawless Panama."@en
  • "En exil à Londres, José Altamirano raconte à Joseph Conrad, alors en train d'écrire Nostromo, l'histoire de sa vie au Panama. Lorsque le roman paraît, Altamirano n'y voit que mensonges et inepties. Vingt ans après, il décide de recommencer son récit pour rétablir la vérité. Une histoire de la Colombie et du Panama traversée par la corruption des politiciens et par la vénalité des militaires.--[Memento]."
  • "From the author of The Sound of Things Falling, a "brilliant new novel" (New York Times Book Review) and one of the most buzzed about books of the year! "One of the most original new voices of Latin American literature." -- Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 'Unlike anything written by his Latin American contemporaries' (The Financial Times) The Informers secured Juan Gabriel VAsquez's place as one of the most original and exuberantly talented novelist working today. Now he returns with an ingenious new novel of historical invention. On the day of Joseph Conrad's death in 1924, the Colombian-born JosE Altamirano begins to write and cannot stop. Many years before, he confessed to Conrad his life's every delicious detail'from his country's heroic revolutions to his darkest solitary moments. Those intimate recollections became Nostromo, a novel that solidified Conrad's fame and turned Altamirano's reality into a work of fiction. Now Conrad is dead, but the slate is by no means clear'Nostromo will live on and Altamirano must write himself back into existence. As the destinies of real empires collide with the murky realities of imagined ones, VAsquez takes us from a flourishing twentieth-century London to the lawless fury of a blooming Panama and back in a labyrinthine quest to reclaim the past'of both a country and a man."@en
  • "José Altamirano arrives in London in 1903 after witnessing the horrible recent events in a Caribbean country he does not want to remember, but he does not expect what is about to happen when he meets the famous novelist Joseph Conrad."
  • "It is London, 1903. Joseph Conrad is struggling with his new novel ('I am placing it in South America in a Republic I call Costaguana'). Progress is slow and the great writer needs help from a native of the Caribbean coast of South America. Jose Altamirano, Colombian at birth, just arrived in London answers the great writer's advertisement and tells him his life story. Jose has been witness to the most horrible things that a person or a country could suffer, and drags with him not just a guilty conscience but a story that has almost destroyed him. But when Nostromo is published the following year Jose is outraged by what he reads: 'You've eliminated me from my own life. You, Joseph Conrad, have robbed me'. I waved the Weekly in the air again, and then threw it down on his desk. 'Here', I whispered, my back to the thief, 'I do not exist'. "The Secret History of Costaguana", the second novel by Juan Gabriel Vasquez to be published in English, is Jose Altamirano's riposte to Joseph Conrad."
  • "Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts scheint die Welt einen neuen Mittelpunkt zu bekommen, weit weg von ihren bisherigen Zentren: In Panama, dem äußersten Zipfel Kolumbiens, wird ein Kanal gebaut, der die Weltmeere verbinden soll. Frankreich und die Vereinigten Staaten stürzen sich auf diesen Ort, der bis dahin nur für sein entsetzliches Klima und unzählige Tropenkrankheiten bekannt war. Hier ringen Europa und die USA um Reichtum und Macht. Doch nicht nur die Weltpolitik, auch Joseph Conrad, der seefahrende Romancier, entdeckt diesen Ort für sich. Ließ er sich von der Geschichte Kolumbiens und dem Bau des Panamakanals zu seinem Roman Nostromo inspirieren? In Konkurrenz mit ihm tritt José Altamirano, gebürtiger Kolumbianer, dessen Leben inmitten von Katastrophen und politischen Umbrüchen einen tragikomischen Gegenpart zu dem des weltberühmten Schriftstellers bildet. Altamirano, der sich schuldig fühlt an der Niederlage seines Landes, zieht alle Register, um den großen Romancier zu überbieten. Eine Hommage an die Tradition des Abenteuerromans vom Autor von DIE INFORMANTEN."

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  • "Miscellaneous fiction"
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  • "Erzählende Literatur: Gegenwartsliteratur ab 1945"
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  • "Die geheime Geschichte Costaguanas : Roman"
  • "Histoire secrète du Costaguana : roman"
  • "Die geheime Geschichte Costaguanas Roman"
  • "The secret history of costaguana"@en
  • "Storia segreta del Costaguana"
  • "Storia segreta del Costaguana"@it
  • "The secret history of Costaguana"
  • "The secret history of Costaguana"@en
  • "Historia secreta de Costaguana"
  • "Historia secreta de Costaguana"@es
  • "História secreta de Costaguana"

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