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New York : Riverhead Books, 2023.
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436 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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New York : Riverhead Books, 2023.


"The Colombian film director, Sergio Cabrera, is in Barcelona for a retrospective of his work. It’s a hard time for him: his father, famous actor Fausto Cabrera, has just died; his marriage is in crisis; and his home country has rejected peace agreements that might have ended more than fifty years of war. In the course of a few intense days, as his films are on exhibit, Sergio recalls the events that marked his family’s unusual and dramatic lives: especially his father’s, his sister Marianella’s and his own. Growing up in Colombia as the children of famous actors, Sergio and Marianella were privileged and artistic, until their parents became disillusioned with bourgeois conventions and moved the entire family to China. Mao’s Cultural Revolution was underway and the family lived in an entirely ex-pat hotel where they learned Chinese and joined the revolution, became members of the Red Guard, and trained as guerilla fighters. When they returned to Colombia to support the revolution there, they were sent into the countryside to join the guerilla force, were shot at and nearly died. Out of these lives molded by ideology and zealotry, came an artistic second life for Sergio as he escaped the movement and became his country’s most celebrated film director. From the Spanish Civil War to the exile of his family to Latin America, and from the Cultural Revolution in China to the guerrilla movements of 1960s Colombia, Sergio and his family’s experience is extraordinary by any standards. Equal parts family saga and epic historical novel, Retrospective reveals the story of one man and his family — based on real people and events — and a devastating portrait of the forces that shaped their lives, and for half a century turned the world upside down.
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First published in Colombia:,Bogotá : Alfaguara, 2020,as,Volver la vista atrás.
English translation from the Spanish.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Vásquez, J. G., & McLean, A. (2023). Retrospective (First United States edition.). Riverhead Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Vásquez, Juan Gabriel, 1973- and Anne McLean. 2023. Retrospective. New York: Riverhead Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Vásquez, Juan Gabriel, 1973- and Anne McLean. Retrospective New York: Riverhead Books, 2023.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Vásquez, Juan Gabriel, and Anne McLean. Retrospective First United States edition., Riverhead Books, 2023.

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