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The Sound of Things Falling

Author

Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Published Date

03-06-2014

Publisher

Riverhead Books

ISBN

9781594632747

"An examination of the moral implications and possible consequences of drug trafficking; and how a generation grew up in the 80s and 90s hearing ‘the sound of things falling’ (airplanes, bodies, buildings, and objects), tormented by the violence that loomed large across the country."

About this book

The Sound of Things Falling is not only the story of an old man, Laverde, a pilot involved in drug trade who was shot dead in a drive-by shooting, or the young law professor, Yammara who seriously injured and suffered from PTSD because of that same shooting. It also is an inquest into how the drug cartels touched thousands of Colombians who in one way or another were pulled into the drug trafficking business. An examination of the moral implications and possible consequences of drug trafficking; and how a generation grew up in the 80s and 90s hearing ‘the sound of things falling’ (airplanes, bodies, buildings, and objects), tormented by the violence that loomed large across the country. Colombia is one of the major cocaine and heroin exporters since the beginning of the 1960s. When a country has been torn apart by decades of unrest and violence, can it truly be healed?

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