The All Saints' Day Lovers

The All Saints' Day Lovers

Author: Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Translator: Anne McLean

Original language: Spanish

Published by: Bloomsbury, 2015

Achingly sad and beautifully crafted, The All Saints’ Day Lovers is a remarkable and intense exploration of relationships, loneliness and cruelty. Set mainly in the starkly beautiful landscape of Belgium’s Ardennes, these stories have been compared to Maupassant, Chekhov, John Cheever and Antonio Tabucchi.
 
A Colombian writer is witness to a murder which will mark him forever. A woman sits alone in her house, waiting for her husband to return, while he lies in another woman’s bed twenty kilometres away. Through blood-soaked betrayal, a love affair, murder and long-meditated revenge, Vásquez achieves an extraordinary unity of emotion, morality and landscape with these fragmented lives.