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William Ospina

NON FICTION. NORMA, 2010. 253 PAGES

As soon as he died, all the rancour was converted into veneration, all the complaints switched to eulogies; all his deeds became legend. Dead, he was no longer a man but a symbol. Latin America was quick to commemorate his hot flesh with cool marble, no plaza was complete without his image; be it thoughtful and civilian, or on horseback, crossing the Andes. The sculptures finally achieved what had always seemed on the cusp of occurring in the flesh; man and horse became one. His life, like a passing comet, had brightened the sky from earth, not just turning it upside down but filling it with prodigious dreams."

Thus begins the adventure of this fascinating book by William Ospina, a tale that he tells with his characteristic excellent prose and incredible ability to infuse the facts with poetry. Ospina has created a work that we have no hesitation in describing as a masterpiece, offering a new perspective on a major subject.

Readers will be awestruck by the superlative imagery and the unvarnished portraits ─imbued with the aura of humanity that Ospina bestows on all his characters─ of the people who made the history of the period; one that changed the world.

“The George Washington of South America”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Spanish PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | France EDITIONS JC LATTÈS

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