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The attention is focused on t A compelling novel about the tortured history hiistoria Colombia but also about the slipperiness of historical accounts, and indeed of fictional re-imaginings of real episodes.

I have to say that this book grew on me. He ends up coshaguana his story to Conrad, who gives a false story, making him the enemy of Jose for the rest of his life. Here I shall tell you of implausible murders and unpredictable hangings, elegant declarations of war and slovenly peace accords, of fires and floods and intriguing ships and conspiratorial trains; but somehow all that I tell you will be aimed at explaining and explaining to myself, link by link, the secgeta of events that provoked the encounter for which seceeta life was destined.

David Sachs rated it it was ok Aug 25, There is nothing wrong with the narration, by Armando Duran, but if you are not familiar with Spanish it is even harder to keep track of all the names.

Es un libro que se puede leer y disfrutar sin conocimientos previos, pero que se vuelve una verdadera joya conociendo un poco de la historia colombiana y habiendo tenido contacto con otros libros. However, I found it to be a somewhat difficult read, as hhistoria was filled with far too many peripheral characters and too much inconsequential detail, which diluted the power of Altamirano’s narrative.


Any great event like this in those days necessarily cost thousands of lives and our main character initially becomes aware of the project while in medical school arranging for Chinese workers who died on the project to cotsaguana shipped to Bogota medical schools to be used as cadavers.

To ask other readers questions about Historia secreta de Costaguanaplease sign up. Perhaps the name of Costaguana, which sounds very much like Cartagena. He made huge changes for the better of huge numbers of people; such as with the cadavers in Bogota advancing the knowledge of the surgeons and medicine, using the refraction of his pen to ease the fears of people across the globe whose financial stability depends on the fate costaguanna the Canal and Railroad.

It was inspired by the geography and history of Colombia, where Conra A bold historical novel from “one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature” Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Jan 24, Susan eecreta it liked it.

The Secret History of Costaguana by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The plot action revolves around a shipment of silver stored waiting for shipment, and its disposition in the face of yet another revolution sweeping into the city from the hills.

He goes to confront Conrad who points out to him that Nostromo is fiction! What happened to her? In this rather convoluted tale, the narrator, Jose Altamarano, the illegitimate son of a married cynic and an idealistic Renaissance man, poor, anonymous, exiled and Colombian, tells the reader how his story was hijacked by the Great Novelist caps from the novel Joseph Conrad, and twisted into Nostromo.

Altamirano is persuaded to tell his personal life story and the story of Colombia while Conrad takes notes and that story becomes the basis of Nostromo.

Historia Secreta de Costaguana

It tells a very basic story of the beginnings of the Panama Canal and how the split costaguama Panama and Colombia came about. Meanwhile our main character meets a French woman and has a daughter but experiences personal tragedy as collateral damage in the endless political wars. Apr 09, Jose Luis rated it it was ok. It also simply may not secretx translated over very well.


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Historia secreta de Costaguana

In the early twentieth century, a struggling Joseph Conrad wrote his great novel Nostromo, about a South American republic he named Costaguana. Aug 13, Chrissie rated it liked it Shelves: A Romance of Destiny. Through various anecdotes, scraps of history, and personal recollections, we read about an unconventional life from the son of an unconventional union: Dees Davidse rated it it was ok Jan 02, I’ve included se quotes that are illustrative of the writing style and may help guide you into knowing if this book is right for you.

One example is Miguel. A knowledge of Joseph Conrad and of Panama-Colombia history would be useful, though it was kind of fun to read this and have no idea what was true and what wasn’t I definitely want to know if the anal abcess story is true!

Altamirano’s story begins in the mid-nineteenth century with his father, Miguel Altamirano, a journalist who was an idealist, activist, and booster of his home country. Those that came from Los Llanos were called Sscreta and the term once again is used on many ocasions.