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Penguin Random House author Juan Gabriel Vásquez has won the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin literary award for The Sound of Things Falling, The IMPAC judges called it a “consummate literary thriller that resonates long after the final page,” also saying in the award citation, “Through a masterly command of layered time periods, spiraling mysteries and a noir palette, it reveals how intimate lives are overshadowed by history; how the past preys on the present; and how the fate of individuals as well as countries is molded by distant, or covert, events.”
Vásquez said winning this prize was “a great honor,” and he was particularly thrilled since past winners of the IMPAC award include author Javier Marías, who had greatly influenced his writing. The Sound of Things Falling, set in the dangerous world of the Colombian drug trade, was published in hardcover by Riverhead Books last August, with the Riverhead trade paperback edition going on sale June 3, 2014.