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Jorge Franco

Shooting Down Heaven

Jorge Franco

Shooting Down Heaven

2020, pp. 288, Paperback
ISBN: 9781787702158
Translated by: Andrea Rosenberg
Region: Colombia
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£ 13.99

The book

A novel about the children raised by 1990s Colombia’s most dangerous drug lords

Larry returns to Colombia twelve years after the disappearance of his father, an old associate of Pablo Escobar. His remains have finally been unearthed in a mass grave, and Larry is returning to give them a proper burial . . . but not before a reunion with his childhood friend Pedro. Pedro takes him straight from the airport to the Alborada celebration, during which fireworks explode all over Medellín, and the entire city loses its inhibitions.

His homecoming quickly becomes a rude awakening. The years of luxury living in bodyguard-surrounded mansions are now firmly in the past, as Larry watches his family—including his ex-beauty queen mother and troubled brother—fall deeper into depression, drug addiction, and the traps of the family business.

Faced by an uncertain reality, Larry is forced to confront his family’s turbulent history and reclaim himself from the dark remnants of a city trying to rediscover itself. Unflinching and remarkably controlled, Jorge Franco creates a stunning portrait of a generation wounded by their parents’ mistakes.

The author

Jorge Franco
Jorge Franco Ramos (born 1962 in Medellín) is an award-winning writer from Colombia. His novels Rosario Tijeras and Paraiso Travels have been adapted for film and television.

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