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Inside this Book – The last time I saw him, Carlos Carballo was climbing with difficulty into a police van, his hands cuffed behind his back and his head hunched down between his shoulders, while a news ticker running along the bottom of the screen reported the reason for his arrest: the attempted theft of the serge suit of an assassinated politician. It was a fleeting image, spotted by chance on one of the late-night newscasts, after the loudmouthed assault of the commercials and shortly before the sports update, and I remember having thought that thousands of television viewers would be sharing that moment with me, but only I could say without lying that I wasn’t surprised. He was arrested in front of the former home of Liberal leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, now a museum, where armies of visitors arrive every year to come into brief and vicarious contact with the most famous political crime in Colombian history. The serge suit was the one Gaitán was wearing on April 9, 1948, the day Juan Roa Sierra, a young man with vague Nazi sympathies, who had flirted with Rosicrucian sects and often conversed with the Virgin Mary, awaited him as he left his office and shot him four times at close range in the middle of a busy street in the broad daylight of a Bogotá lunchtime. The bullets left holes in the jacket and the waistcoat, and people who know that visit the museum just to see those dark empty circles. Carlos Carballo, it might have been thought, was one of those visitors.
Inside this book –The Shape of the Ruins PDF Book by Juan Gabriel Vasquez – I don’t know how long I waited in that jumbled, airless room. It was a study with no windows, obviously designed as Benavides’s territory. There was an armchair for reading under the beam of light from a large lamp, which looked more like an old-fashioned hair dryer than anything else. And there I sat after walking several times around the room without finding a place that seemed destined for visitors: the doctor’s study was not a space made for receiving anybody. Beside the chair, on top of a small table, was a pile of a dozen books that I amused myself by looking at without deciding to leaf through any of them for fear of breaking some hidden order. I saw a biography of Jean Jaurès and Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, and I saw Arturo Alape’s book on the Bogotazo and another leather-bound volume, this one more slender than the previous, the author’s name unreadable and a title that struck me as too much like a pamphlet: Ho? Colombian Political Liberalism Is Not a Sin. The center of the longest wall was occupied by a desk, the surface of which was a rectangle of green leather, with two meticulous piles of paper, one of sealed envelopes and another of unfolded bills (a rare concession to practical life in this place devoted, it would appear, to various forms of contemplation), kept in place by the weight of a handcrafted pencil holder. Two pieces of equipment dominated the surface: a scanner and the screen of a computer, a huge white monster of the latest generation that occupied its place like an idol. No, I thought immediately: not like an idol, but like a great eye, like an all-seeing, all- knowing eye. Ridiculously I checked to make sure the computer was turned off, or at least that its camera was, in case anyone was spying on me.
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