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La Virgen de los Sicarios Our Lady of the Assassins (Spanish edition) (Alfaguara Hispanica) Paperback – January 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Alfaguara Hispanica
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Alfaguara; 2nd edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9582401419
  • ISBN-13: 978-9582401412
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: Spanish

About the Author

Fernando Vallejo (Medellin, Colombia) moved to Mexico as a young man. He has published several highly praised novels as well as literary studies.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jose Oquendo on January 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
"El pobre surrealismo se estrella en añicos contra la realidad de Colombia," escribe Fernando Vallejo casi al final de La Virgen de los Sicarios.

Con esa sentencia sentenciadora de la cotidianidad sangrienta colombiana, varios escritores iniciaron una ráfaga de letras contra los que aunque le trajeron gloria literaria y reconocimiento internacional a la sufrida nación, parecían hacerse de la vista larga mientras los tiroteos y la sangre derramada se convertían en una rutina más increíble que la ficción misma.

Ésta novela, su más conocida y controvertida obra, es la ficción exagerada y alucinante de la polarización a la que se sumió el país cuando el narcotráfico por un lado, y la impotencia del Gobierno por el otro, estremecieron las simientes mismas de la sociedad, alterando su permanencia, al grado de lo irreconocible según Vallejo - presunto, para usar una de las palabras ubicuas en su narrativa, narrador y protagonista - a su regreso a Medellín, después de años de ausencia.

El autor introduce al lector al mundo que lo rodea y pinta en brochazos sueltos y coloridos el encuentro del amor frente a la violencia, el amor capaz no de cambiarlo todo, sino de integrarse a la cruda realidad que lo rodea y lo consume.

Es un comentario social novelesco, salpicado de bipolaridades que se atraen, ambigüedades que se encuentran, antítesis que se asemeja.

Fernando, el narrador, un gramático de mediana edad, a quien le atraen los hombres jóvenes, conoce a Alexis en el cuarto de las mariposas, un antro de encuentros íntimos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CaitMcP on December 13, 2005
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Vallejo crea imagenes sangrientos, desesperados, feos y sin solución, pero lo mas sorprendente son los imagenes que no sean exagerados sino todo verdadero: saltando los cadáveres de jóvenes de 12 a 17 años; el fuego artificial para celebrar el transporte de drogas y el circulo de venganza de una generación a otra. No se comparte esta realidad toda América Latina, pero se encuentra en todas las favelas, "ghettos," "shanty-towns," comunas y caseríos.

Esperamos simbolismo y surrealismo en la literatura latinoamerica, pero de Vallejo y sus contemporáneos Colombianos encontramos una realidad tan real como incompresible. Ni siguiera nos da esperanza; nos muestra que la literatura no puede solucionar este mundo tan desesperado y violento, que solo nos puede llevar a entender mejor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Manning on October 10, 2001
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A Shocking Reality Check On Gang Violence...., a book and a film. Except that is not in LA or Washington DC, but in Medellin Colombia. Utilizing the local language, which makes it only more realistic, the story shows how the trafficking of illegal drugs, has corrupted all levels of society, not only on the consuming but on the producing side. It shows how with the enormous demand from the USA, there is not solution to the supply side. If it is not the Medellin cartel, then it is the Cali cartel, or whatever other city, or country, that discovers the trade, and exploits while it lasts. The drug traffickers and money launderers have worked hard at exterminating themselves from within, and without, but new sources will always erupt as the new users are always and also erupting. Extraordinary book, magnificent movie because the story is so horrendous: if it were not so real, it would not be believable. If it were not so well narrated, the book would read as a non- fiction expose, or the movie be seen as a documentary. It is both, but also fiction, but also so true.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2003
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Vallejo describe una Colombia confundida, violenta y al mismo tiempo comica. Este libro me hiso reir Sus anecdotas, su ironias su manera de escribir es ejemplar se lo recomiendo a todo latino americano que se pregunta como vive dia a dia el hombre latinoamericano.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Fernández on June 21, 2013
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This is a good novel written by a good writer. Vallejo knows how to describe a complex social situation as the one lived in Colombia during the nineties, without falling into an easy pamphleteering. I would recomend it to everyone, specially for whom are interested in the drug trafficking world.
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By mariposah on January 9, 2014
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Estupendo! Lo leí de una sentada (no es muy largo) porque no podía parar. Altamente recomendado. Los lectores no se van a arrepentir de haber escogido esta magistral historia.
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