Our Lady of the Assassins

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"A point in case is his Our Lady of the Assassins, based on the autobiographical novel of one of Colombia's best writers, Fernando Vallejo, whose work has yet to be translated into English and published in the United States. One of the most important new Latin American writers, Vallejo is famous in Colombia and Mexico, of course, and in France as well (where his writing has been compared to the best of Jean Genet's), but is unknown in America.

"Schroeder's [film] Our Lady of the...

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Overview

"A point in case is his Our Lady of the Assassins, based on the autobiographical novel of one of Colombia's best writers, Fernando Vallejo, whose work has yet to be translated into English and published in the United States. One of the most important new Latin American writers, Vallejo is famous in Colombia and Mexico, of course, and in France as well (where his writing has been compared to the best of Jean Genet's), but is unknown in America.

"Schroeder's [film] Our Lady of the Assassins takes place in Medellin, Colombia, where Schroeder spent four years of his childhood, from age 6 to 10. It's the story of a homosexual writer, possessed of a saturnine temperament, who, after living most of his life abroad, returns to his hometown to revisit the places of his youth. He falls in love with a young boy who packs a pistol but who would sooner kill a stranger than an injured dog. It's a courageous picture about the pathology of indifference, set against the backdrop of the narco-violence of the murder capital of South America."

—Steve Wasserman, Book Editor of the Los Angeles Times.

o Film tie-in with Barbet Schroeder's new film
o Postcard mailing to key Consortium accounts
o Mailing to Latin American departments
o Mailing to Latin American departments
o News of film and book at www.filmsdulosange.fr

Born in Medellin in 1942, Fernando Vallejo moved to Mexico City, where he now lives, in 1971. Our Lady of the Assassins is the first novel to be translated into English of an author who is considered the rising star of Latin American writing.

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Editorial Reviews

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This slim, cynical novel by a well-regarded Colombian writer is an unsparing exploration of Medell!n, Colombia's second largest city and the infamous stronghold and resting place of drug lord Pablo Escobar. The narrator is a "grammarian," who has recently returned to his hometown after many years abroad and discovers it has become a living nightmare, where music blares constantly, funerals are less important than soccer matches and a wayward glance is likely to get you killed. In a virtually unbroken dramatic monologue, the narrator recounts a love affair he once had with Alexis, a teenage hitman who carries out revenge killings for rival drug gangs. Post Escobar, the hitmen are disorganized and undisciplined, and they wreak havoc on the city, killing indiscriminately. Inevitably, Alexis too must die. But before he succumbs, he slays dozens of random people who cross his path including police officers, young children, pregnant women, taxi drivers. Vallejo is a vivid writer, and one with a talent for social commentary. He is keen to portray the hypocrisy of religion in a country where killers wear crucifixes, bless their bullets and pray not to miss, but his litany of atrocities, at first hypnotic, quickly becomes monotonous. Everyone in the story is so obviously doomed that by the time the grammarian takes up with Alexis's killer, it is impossible to work up much interest in their foreordained fates. Which may be Vallejo's point after all. (Aug.) Forecast: Publication will coincide with the release of the film version by Barbet Schroeder of this novel. That, plus the recent release of Mark Bowden's nonfiction title Killing Pablo, will draw curiosity seekers. Copyright 1999 CahnersBusiness Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852426477
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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