The Greatest Colombian "Fiction" Books Since 2000

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 264 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. The Sound Of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

    "The Sound Of Things Falling" is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the complex and haunting aftermath of the drug trade in Colombia. Set against the backdrop of a turbulent country, the story follows the lives of two men whose paths intertwine in unexpected ways. Through vivid storytelling and poignant reflections, the book explores themes of memory, guilt, and the lasting impact of violence on individuals and society.

  2. 2. Delirio(premio Alfaguara 2004) by Laura Restrepo

    The novel revolves around a man who returns to Bogotá from a business trip only to find his wife has succumbed to an inexplicable bout of madness during his absence. As he seeks to uncover the roots of her delirium, he delves into her past and the dark history of his country, encountering a tapestry of characters from various strata of Colombian society. The narrative weaves together personal and political elements, exploring themes of love, violence, and the impact of the drug trade, ultimately painting a portrait of a society where reality and madness are intertwined.

  3. 3. Los Días Azules by Fernando Vallejo

    "Los Días Azules" is a reflective and autobiographical narrative that delves into the author's memories of his childhood and youth in Colombia. The book paints a vivid picture of the author's family life, the cultural and social environment of his upbringing, and the formative experiences that shaped his worldview. Through a series of poignant and often critical recollections, the author explores themes of love, loss, and the passage of time, all set against the backdrop of a country marked by political turmoil and societal change. The narrative is characterized by its lyrical prose and introspective tone, offering readers a deeply personal glimpse into the author's past and the moments that have defined his life's journey.

  4. 4. The Children by Carolina Sanín

    The book is a haunting exploration of solitude and the unexpected ways in which lives can intersect. It follows the story of a woman who leads a solitary life in a city, her routine existence disrupted by the sudden appearance of a silent, enigmatic child at her doorstep. As she takes the child into her home, the woman is drawn into a surreal journey that blurs the lines between reality and imagination, prompting her to confront her own past and the mysteries of human connection. The narrative weaves a tapestry of magical realism and psychological depth, examining themes of loneliness, motherhood, and the search for belonging in an indifferent world.

  5. 5. Somos Luces Abismales by Carolina Sanin

    "Somos Luces Abismales" is a contemplative narrative that delves into the inner world of a woman who, while working as a teacher, grapples with the complexities of her existence and the nature of being. Through a series of introspective episodes and interactions with her students, she explores themes of loneliness, the search for meaning, and the human condition. The book weaves a tapestry of philosophical reflections, everyday occurrences, and the protagonist's personal revelations, painting a picture of life's profound and often overlooked moments.

  6. 6. The Bitch by Pilar Quintana

    The novel explores the intense bond between a young woman and her dog as they navigate life in a remote, impoverished village on the Colombian Pacific coast. The protagonist, who struggles with the harsh realities of her environment and the societal expectations placed upon her, finds solace in her relationship with the dog. However, when the dog gives birth to a litter and a tragic event occurs, the woman is forced to confront the brutal nature of her world and the instincts that drive both human and animal behavior. The story delves into themes of motherhood, survival, and the thin line between civilization and wildness.

  7. 7. An Orphan World by Giuseppe Caputo

    In this evocative novel, a father and son navigate the margins of a Latin American city, living in poverty and facing the dual threats of violence and social discrimination. Their bond is a source of strength and resilience as they confront the challenges of their precarious existence. The son, through a series of lyrical and poignant vignettes, explores his sexuality and seeks connection in a world that is often hostile to his desires. The narrative weaves a tapestry of love, loss, and longing, painting a portrait of a relationship that defies the darkness of their circumstances with moments of beauty and tenderness.

  8. 8. Los Estratos by Juan Cárdenas

    "Los Estratos" is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of social stratification and personal identity in contemporary Colombia. Through the eyes of its protagonist, a middle-aged man undergoing an existential crisis, the narrative explores themes of class, race, and the search for meaning in a society marked by deep inequalities and historical scars. As he navigates a series of encounters with various individuals from different social layers, the protagonist's introspective journey reveals the fragmented nature of human experience and the elusive quest for self-understanding within the stratified landscape of modern life.

  9. 9. Duermevela by Melba Escobar

    "Duermevela" is a compelling narrative that delves into the complexities of human consciousness and the blurred lines between wakefulness and dreaming. The story unfolds through the experiences of its protagonist, who navigates a series of surreal and introspective episodes, challenging the reader's perception of reality. As the character's journey progresses, the novel explores themes of identity, memory, and the subconscious, weaving a tapestry of psychological intrigue that invites contemplation about the nature of our existence and the enigmatic state that exists between sleeping and being awake.

  10. 10. The Armies by Evelio Rosero

    The novel delves into the harrowing experiences of Ismael, an elderly retired teacher in a small Colombian town plagued by political violence. As he navigates the complexities of his daily life, which includes a deep affection for his garden and his wife, the town becomes increasingly engulfed by the chaos of warring factions. The narrative captures the sense of dread and the abruptness of violence as neighbors disappear and the social fabric unravels, revealing the profound impact of conflict on ordinary lives. Ismael's journey becomes a poignant exploration of the human condition amidst the terror of the unseen and the struggle to maintain a semblance of normalcy and dignity in a world falling apart.

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