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by Héctor Abad,Anne McLean,Rosalind Harvey

ISBN: 0374223971
ISBN13: 978-0374223977
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)
Pages: 272
Category: Americas
Subategory: History

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Although titled Oblivion: A Memoir, this book is much more than just a son’s reflections about his father.

Although titled Oblivion: A Memoir, this book is much more than just a son’s reflections about his father. Through it, Héctor Abad Faciolince provides the reader with an intimate portrait of the human rights’ struggle in Colombia over his father’s lifetime, as well as, a wake-up call to a world wracked by violence. Written some twenty years after his father’s assassination on the streets of Medellín, Colombia, Oblivion is without a doubt one of the most transformative books that I have read in the past twenty years

Translated by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey

Translated by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey. 263 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

This compelling memoir of the man, written by his son Hector Abad, is a chronicle of a death foretold in which the frequent reminders of the father's eventual fate lend the narrative a. .Anne McLean & Rosalind Harvey.

This compelling memoir of the man, written by his son Hector Abad, is a chronicle of a death foretold in which the frequent reminders of the father's eventual fate lend the narrative a near. Friday 12 November 2010 01:00.

Héctor Abad's Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely . Mr. Abad's prose, in this translation by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey, is elastic and alive. Abad spends much of the book expressing his love for his father, but it is his discussion of Gómez's public health and human rights.

Héctor Abad's Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author's father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Abad spends much of the book expressing his love for his father, but it is his discussion of Gómez's public health and human rights projects-such as founding "the Colombian Institute of Family Wellbeing, which built aqueducts and sewer systems in villages, rural districts, and cities"-that reveals what a remarkable educator, reformer, and activist the senior Abad.

Oblivion is a memoir of filial devotion

Oblivion is a memoir of filial devotion. Abad distils the bond of love between father and son in a family dominated by women to its purest essence. But the unbounded paternal love of his childhood is made cruelly poignant by the knowledge of its future loss. Dr Héctor Abad, a professor of public health, spoils his children shamelessly, peppering them with loud kisses and being as deliberately protective and affectionate as his own father was dry and hard. In a world of machismo and suffocating religion, Abad's father makes tolerance and reason the keystones of his son's upbringing.

Anne McLean (Translation). Rosalind Harvey (Translation)

Anne McLean (Translation). Rosalind Harvey (Translation). An irreplaceable testimony of the struggle for democracy and tolerance in Latin America. Héctor Abad's Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author's father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987.

Oblivion: A Memoir is being published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in the US on May 1, in an English translation by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey. When it came out in Spanish in 2006, it became Colombia’s bestselling book, and stayed in the top 10 for more than two years

Oblivion: A Memoir is being published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in the US on May 1, in an English translation by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey. When it came out in Spanish in 2006, it became Colombia’s bestselling book, and stayed in the top 10 for more than two years. We have so many victims without a voice, Abad says in a recent interview in the cozily cramped bookstore in downtown Medellín that he co-owns with friends. I had so many letters-about people shot by rightwing paramilitaries or kidnapped by leftwing guerrillas; some killed by the government or by criminals.

Héctor Abad Faciolince. Anne McLean & Rosalind Harvey, tr. New York. Abad's father was murdered on August 25, 1987 (before the fall of the Berlin Wall, when the Taliban were allies of the United States against the Russians, and when the crème de la crème of Colombian society wished to preserve its power and wealth in the face of a huge gulf between the poor and the wealthy), and this singular. act serves as the focus of the memoir, which illuminates as much about the author and his society as it does about the father.

Héctor Abad – Recipes for Sad Women. Hector Abad – Oblivion: a Memoir. If the winning book is a translation, the prize is divided between the writer and the translator, with the writer receiving €75,000 and the translator €25,000. Ignacio Martínez de Pisón – To Bury the Dead. Ignacio Padilla – Shadow Without a Name.

by Héctor Abad & translated by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey . In the opening pages of Héctor Abad’s memoir Oblivion we meet Abad’s father, Héctor Abad Gómez.

Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author's father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the writing, it paints an unforgettable picture of a man who followed his conscience and paid for it with his life during one of the darkest periods in Latin America's recent history.

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Nilarius
Although titled Oblivion: A Memoir, this book is much more than just a son’s reflections about his father. Through it, Héctor Abad Faciolince provides the reader with an intimate portrait of the human rights’ struggle in Colombia over his father’s lifetime, as well as, a wake-up call to a world wracked by violence.

Written some twenty years after his father’s assassination on the streets of Medellín, Colombia, Oblivion is without a doubt one of the most transformative books that I have read in the past twenty years. Upon finishing it, I realized, perhaps for the first time in my life, that I have not done enough to ease the suffering of others. Truly, as I read the story of this positive, loving father, I was humbled not only by his unconditional love for his son, but for the people of Colombia and indeed the world.

My full review is available on my blog at https://readingwritingreacting.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/book-review-oblivion-by-hector-abad/

Dark_Sun
This memoir is the fascinating, beautifully written coming of age story of Hector Abad, the son of Hector Abad Gomez. Gomez was no ordinary man; he was a towering presence in his son’s life and throughout Colombia. He was a professor, a doctor, and an international health care advocate who worked tirelessly to help Colombia’s poor. An enlightened man living in a not so enlightened time, he fought old world thinking while dodging Colombia’s deadly warring political factions. Ultimately, he paid for his passions with his life.

This book provided me a glimpse into Colombia, the real Colombia, which unfortunately has had a tendency to be reduced by the western media as a land of violent drug cartels and coffee beans. But there is a complicated and beautiful history contained in this book that was a pleasure (and a horror) to discover.

I thoroughly enjoyed this immensely personal, bittersweet tale of a father’s unconditional devotion to his son and would highly recommend it. It is often dark, and more often painful, but well worth the read.

Rigiot
I bought this book after reading a review of it in The Nation Magazine and was not disappointed. Intrigued from page one, I couldn't put the book down, an unusual reaction to a story about someone else's family. This is no hazy set of photographs taken by a 6-year old with his or her first camera. None of the important parts are cut from the scenes; we can observe whole people and situations as if we were in the picture ourselves. Oblivion is compelling in many ways: it tells about the joys and tragedies of one family in a very relatable way; it introduces readers to a nation and a religion with all the warts and oozy sin pouring out; it reveals Columbia's chaos and the crises of a nation that creates hardship and genuine fears for those it purports to govern; it leads to an understanding of parental love and what that love can and cannot do for children. This makes Oblivion not only inspirational, but also, a history and basic psychology lesson. That's a lot for any author to do without intellectual pretensions or maudlin descriptions or self laudatory revelation. Mr. Abed can write.

I liked this book so much I bought it for my own adult children. I want them to see that we're not the only family that travels together with bumps along the way, that good and bad blending into grey is a common occurrence, that none of us escape the pain that comes with loving others as well as the joy we can choose to develop regardless of that pain. I hope Mr. Abed will continue writing and that we Americans will be recipients of his words. We need to hear what it's like to live in places without democratic protections and so-called entitlements. We have no idea what it's like to live without any safety net. Before we vote this November on the future of our nation, we need more books like this one.

Xinetan
I like generally like memoirs. I had no connection to this story other than seeing this referenced on a movie or show I was watching and i always maintain an interest in learning about other cultures from a biographical perspective. I feel I understand the people of the Columbian culture a little better than before. Also, the fringe extremes of any society are frustrating to me and end up being deadly for many.

Bladecliff
I was afraid that this book would be dark, ominous, given the political reality of Colombia when Hector Abad Gomez was murdered by members of death squads in 1987. While we encounter evil, Oblivion is the love story of a father for his son and family, the passion of a humanist for social justice, an oasis of beauty in the middle of chaos. Social justice seems to lose against the paramilitary forces, with so many people disappearing, being tortured and killed but we are left with hope for the future. A truly memorable book.

hulk
The translation is the best part of this liberal-socialist manifesto masquerading as a memoir. Abad doesn't hesitate to cast anyone with a hint of religious traditionalism as a "bad guy" and anyone who seeks to undermine religious authority as a "good guy." Nothing new or nuanced here. The writing is first rate, but be prepared for a screed.

Ranenast
I truely enjoyed this book, not only a memoir, but also provided great incites on life, violence, social activism, and human rights struggles in Medellin, Colombia. Oblivian, really helped me reconnect with whats important in the world, which I sometimes lose sight of becuase of materialistic pleasures. Most importantly, it helped me understand the importance of really enjoying the experience of loved ones while they are still alive, because life is truely finite, and we only get one shot. Great read by a gifted Colombian writer.

Excellent novel giving one a glimpse of life in Colombia. This book is well written and would recommend to others.

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