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The Wisconsin Treaty

November 12, 1902. The postcard that commemorates that disastrous date is well known (everyone's inherited the image from their victorious or defeated fathers or grandfathers; there's no one in Colombia who doesn't have a copy of that memento mori on a national scale). ...From left to right and from Conservative to Liberal: General Victor Salazar. General Alfredo Vásquez Cobo. Doctor Eusebio Morales. General Lucas Caballero. General Benjamín Herrera. But then we remember (those who have the postcard) that there is among these figures -- the Conservatives with moustaches, the others bearded -- a notable absence, the kind of emptiness that opens in the middle of the image. For Admiral Silas Casey, the great architect of the Wisconsin treaty, the one in charge of talking to those on the right and convincing them to meet with those on the left, is not in it.
At the opening of Chapter Ⅷ ("The Lesson of Great Events") the Thousand Days' War is coming to an end -- Great Events have had their impact on the history of the country and on the history of the narrator's family. Conrad has not been present in the opening chapters of part Ⅲ -- but the book is fast approaching its dénouement.

posted morning of Saturday, September 17th, 2011
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Hi there,
Have just been reading your posts on The Secret History of Costaguana with great interest. When you finish reading the novel you might be interested in this piece:
http://www.brickmag.com/brick-87/vasquez
Very best wishes,
Anne

posted afternoon of September 17th, 2011 by A. McLean

Gosh -- thanks, Ms. McLean! And what an honor...

posted afternoon of September 17th, 2011 by Jeremy

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