Join us for a discussion of The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7 p.m. Featuring Julian Urrutia, Candidate for PhD in Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health and Cristina Garcia, PhD candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures.
Sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University, and the Harvard Global Health Institute.
National Bestseller and winner of the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Synopsis: In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medellín cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past.