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Rosario Tijeras: Una Novela

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781583226124
Author(s): Jorge Franco Ramos
Format: Paperback
Year: 2004
Publisher: Siete Cuentos Editorial
Dimensions: 142 x 210 x 12 (w x l x h)
Pages: 165
Series: Siete Cuentos

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"Since they shot her at point-blank range while she was being kissed, she confused the pain of love with that of death." Rosario Tijeras is the violent, violated character at the center of Jorge Franco Ramos' delicately balanced novel, set in self-destructing 1980s Medellin. Her very name—evoking the rosary and scissors—bespeaks her conflict as a woman who becomes a contract killer to insulate herself from the random violence of the streets (in a country where it is common practice among her colleagues to boil bullets in holy water before using them). Then she is shot, gravely wounded, and the circle of contradiction is closed.

From the corridors of the hospital where Rosario is fighting for her life, Antonio, the narrator, waits to learn if she will recover. We join him in his nighttime vigil. Piece by piece, as he moves through layers of recollection and speculation, we reconstruct the friendship between the two, the story of her many lovers, and her life as a hitwoman.

"Rosario Tijeras" is a work in the Latin American social realist tradition, possessed of fast and vibrant prose, and poetic flourish. It has sold over eighty thousand copies in Columbia alone.

Heralded in "The New York Times "as part of "Colombia's new wave of novelists," Jorge Franco Ramos has in a few years pieced together a billiant career. Born in Medellin, he is the
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