A daring ancient novel from "one of the main unique new voices of Latin American literature" (Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature).
within the early 20th century, a suffering Joseph Conrad wrote his nice novel Nostromo, a few South American republic he named Costaguana. It was once encouraged through the geography and historical past of Colombia, the place Conrad spent just a couple of days. yet in Juan Gabriel Vásquez's novel The mystery historical past of Costaguana, we discover the hidden resource- and one of many nice literary thefts.
at the day of Joseph Conrad's dying in 1924, the Colombian-born José Altamirano starts off to put in writing and can't cease. a long time sooner than, he confessed to Conrad his life's each scrumptious detail-from his country's heroic revolutions to his darkest solitary moments. Conrad stole all of them. Now Conrad is useless, however the slate is in no way transparent- Nostromo will live to tell the tale and Altamirano needs to write himself again into life. because the destinies of genuine empires collide with the murky realities of imagined ones, Vásquez takes us from a flourishing twentieth-century London to the lawless fury of a blooming Panama and again.
Tragic and despairing, comedian and insightful, The mystery heritage of Costaguana is a masterpiece of old invention. it's going to safe Juan Gabriel Vásquez's position one of the most unusual and exuberantly proficient novelists operating at the present time.