Sunday, June 17, 2012
Héctor Abad Faciolince - Remembering His Father
In 1987, paramilitaries delivered six bullets into the head of Abad's then 60-year-old father's head.
(Gabriel Garcia Marquez, probably Columbia's most famous citizen, has said of his homeland that "there has always been civil war and there always will be. It's a way of life.")
"I loved my father with an animal love," Abad writes, "his smell and also the memory of his smell on the bed when he was away on a trip." Abad constantly asks of himself that he live up to his father's ideals. "I find myself obeying him even now."
Abad's mother was a "daily-Mass Catholic." Abad's enlightened father said to his young son, "Go to Mass so your mother doesn't worry, but it's all lies."
I haven't read this book but I have to read this book; the above information comes from various Internet sources and from a review of Oblivion in the Sunday Times Book Review.