The Guardian | 5/15/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombian civil war story wins Independent foreign fiction prize
May 15 -- Evelio Rosero's The Armies hailed as 'a beautifully wrought, gently spoken novel of love, war and grief'
Evelio Rosero, a prize-winning author in his own country but hardly known outside it, this evening became the first Colombian author to win the prize, picking it up for a book which judges praised as "a beautifully wrought, gently spoken novel of love, war and grief". The Armies is set in a village in the remote mountains of Colombia, following the story of a retired schoolteacher whose wife disappears; as more people go missing and war approaches, the other villagers make their escape, but Ismael stays behind, becoming a reluctant witness to the violence that is sweeping his country.
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