Our Lady of the Assassins
Fernando VallejoISBN: 1852426470;
"A point in case is his Our Lady of the Assassins, based on the autobiographical novel of one of Colombia's best writers, Fernando Vallejo, whose work has yet to be translated into English and published in the United States. One of the most important new Latin American writers, Vallejo is famous in Colombia and Mexico, of course, and in France as well (where his writing has been compared to the best of Jean Genet's), but is unknown in America. "Schroeder's [film] Our Lady of the Assassins takes place in Medellin, Colombia, where Schroeder spent four years of his childhood, from age 6 to 10. It's the story of a homosexual writer, possessed of a saturnine temperament, who, after living most of his life abroad, returns to his hometown to revisit the places of his youth. He falls in love with a young boy who packs a pistol but who would sooner kill a stranger than an injured dog. It's a courageous picture about the pathology of indifference, set against the backdrop...
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