Nazi-era Bogotá in Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Informers
by Maud Newton |
Generational tensions of both the familial and cultural sort form the thematic center of Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s inventive and intricately plotted The Informers. As the novel opens, its narrator, Gabriel Santoro, receives a surprise phone call from his estranged father, a renowned speechwriter, professor and critic, and learns that he will soon undergo risky surgery for an obstructed artery. The two men haven’t spoken for a couple of years, since Santoro, Sr. published a hostile review proclaiming his son’s first book a failure.