A Tale of the Dispossessed

A Tale of the Dispossessed by Laura Restrepo

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"How can I tell him that he will never find her, after he has been searching for her all his life? If I could talk to him without breaking his heart, there is something I would tell him, in hopes it would stop his sleepless nights and wrongheaded search for a shadow. I would repeat this to him: `Your Matilde Lina is in limbo, the dwelling place of those who are neither dead nor alive.` But that would be like severing the roots of the tree that supports him. Besides, why do it if he is not going to believe me."

In the midst of war, the protagonists of A Tale of the Dispossessed are continuously searching: for a promised land, a destiny, the face of a woman who has disappeared — searching for an impossible love and, conversely, for a love that is possible.

A way station for refugees from violence is the setting for an intense love triangle in which an uprooted and wandering people lead the reader to experience the collective drama of forced relocation. A Tale of the Dispossessed speaks to us about the inexorable law that has led man, expelled from paradise since the days of Adam through to modern times, in his search for a way back home.

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Laura Restrepo

A book by Laura Restrepo

Laura Restrepo (Spanish Laura Restrepo Casabianca , 1950, Bogotá) is a Colombian writer and journalist. She studied philosophy and literature at the Andean University, then - political science. She taught literature at the National University. She got involved in political activities, took up journalism. In 1983 she was a member of the commission for reconciliation between the state and the insurrectionary movement on April 19, told about her experience in the book History of the Rise (1986). In 1986-1989 she lived in voluntary emigration to Spain and Mexico. In 2004 she was appointed director of the Institute of Culture and Tourism, but resigned after receiving the Alfaguar Publishing House Award for novel Brad . Lives in Bogota and Mexico City. Author of several novels, essays, books for children. Laura Restrepo`s books have been translated into many languages ​​of the world.

[Hr] Novels: • Island of Passion / La isla de la pasión (1989, historical novel about the events on Clipperton Island) • Leopard in the Sun / Leopardo al sol (1993, Prize of the Archbishop of San Clemente) • Pleasant company / Dulce compañía (1995, Juana Ines de Cruz Prize, France Culture Prize for the best foreign novel published in France) • Secret marriage / La novia oscura (1999) • Restless crowd / La multitud errante (2001) • The scent of invisible roses / Olor a rosas invisibles ( 2002) • Delirium / Delirio (2004, about Colombian drug trafficking, drug lord Pablo Escobar participates in the events; Prize of Alfaguara Publishing House, Prize of Grinzane Cavour) Publications in Russian: • Leopard in the sun.

SPb: Amphora, 2004

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Laura Restrepo (Spanish Laura Restrepo Casabianca , 1950, Bogotá) is a Colombian writer and journalist. She studied philosophy and literature at the Andean University, then - political science. She taught literature at the National University. She got involved in political activities, took up journalism. In 1983 she was a member of the commission for reconciliation between the state and the insurrectionary movement on April 19, told about her experience in the book History of the Rise (1986). In 1986-1989 she lived in voluntary emigration to Spain and Mexico. In 2004 she was appointed director of the Institute of Culture and Tourism, but resigned after receiving the Alfaguar Publishing House Award for novel Brad . Lives in Bogota and Mexico City. Author of several novels, essays, books for children. Laura Restrepo`s books have been translated into many languages ​​of the world. [Hr] Novels: • Island of Passion / La isla de la pasión (1989, historical novel about the events on Clipperton Island) • Leopard in the Sun / Leopardo al sol (1993, Prize of the Archbishop of San Clemente) • Pleasant company / Dulce compañía (1995, Juana Ines de Cruz Prize, France Culture Prize for the best foreign novel published in France) • Secret marriage / La novia oscura (1999) • Restless crowd / La multitud errante (2001) • The scent of invisible roses / Olor a rosas invisibles ( 2002) • Delirium / Delirio (2004, about Colombian drug trafficking, drug lord Pablo Escobar participates in the events; Prize of Alfaguara Publishing House, Prize of Grinzane Cavour) Publications in Russian: • Leopard in the sun. SPb: Amphora, 2004