The Guardian | 10/29/2010 12:00:00 AM
Oblivion: A memoir by Hector Abad Faciolince – review
October 29--Hector Abad's tribute to his father, 'the communist doctor' murdered by Colombian paramilitaries in 1987, is warm, witty and moving
"For almost 20 years I have tried to be him there, facing death, at that moment," Abad writes in a memoir that is partly a portrait of a singular father and partly a wider landscape of a beautiful country, full of potential, tearing itself to pieces. The title is from a line of poetry by Borges: "Already we are the oblivion we shall be" – words scribbled down by Abad's father on the morning of his murder. In writing the book, Abad explains, he hoped this oblivion might be "deferred", if only for a moment.
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