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Bomarzo (Spanish Edition) review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 13 February 2010 02:28 (A review of Bomarzo (Spanish Edition))

Great novel about the Italian Renaissance, on classical culture, but at the same time is a novel about the psychology of his characters, especially his protagonist, Pier Francesco Orsini, who with his excesses and virtues drags us over this period of Italian history, where power was abble to support everything from corruption to murder, where leaders will do anything to be on top. The Duke of Renaissance, masterfully portrayed by Manuel Mujica Lainez, in his novel Bomarzo, whose personality is dual, he is an art lover, and yet he remains cruel and hateful, but we fell often closer to him than to other characters in the novel and he attracts us as a magnet, he's marked by his physical defect and that will affect him for life.
The construction of a spectacular garden, full of monstrous figures shows the closed and dark personality of Duke Orsini, it was a visit to this wonderful garden, in the Viterbo region, about 60 km from Rome, which inspired Mujica Lainez this superb historical novel. A great book that and one of the best novels on the Italian Renaissance period.


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Baltasar and Blimunda review

Posted : 8 years, 2 months ago on 15 May 2009 02:35 (A review of Baltasar and Blimunda)

On of José Saramago’s most popular novels. The story is set in the XVIII century during the kingdom of D. João V and evolves around the construction of the Mafra Convent.


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The Feast of the Goat

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 12 January 2007 06:11 (A review of The Feast of the Goat: A Novel)

This is a brilliant, but hard novel. Vargas Llosa deals brilliantly with the psychological profile of a people that admires the dictators and allows them, consequently, all the excesses. Essential.


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New York Trilogy

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 12 January 2007 05:17 (A review of The New York Trilogy)

This book can be defined as the compendium of Auster's obsessions. Highly recommendable as a entry book into Auster's literature.


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Le Carré is back in great shape

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 12 January 2007 05:04 (A review of The Mission Song: A Novel)

Le Carré returns in great shape: intrigue, love and corruption while he criticizes and denounces the terrible situation that the African countries face. A magnificent novel.


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The Double

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 12 January 2007 04:37 (A review of The Double)

Tertuliano Máximo Afonso discovers at 38 years that in its city lives an individual that is its exact copy and has no blood relation to him. Saramago makes question ourselves who we are, what is identity and what defines us as individual and unique people.
The novel is good, although not one of Saramago's best.


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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 12 January 2007 03:57 (A review of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ)

The most controversial work from Saramago, where he reflects on the figure of Jesus Christ and on sense of the catholic religion.


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In Search of Klingsor

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 9 January 2007 03:35 (A review of In Search of Klingsor)

A young lieutenant receives order to capture the scientist who directed the atomic investigations in the III Reich. While it pursuing their tracks he discovers the slippery dilemmas of love and sex, the disguises of personality and the infinite subtility of lies. I have recommended it continuously and I don't know anyone who was not fascinated with the world created by Jorge Volpi.


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Hopscotch

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 9 January 2007 03:19 (A review of Hopscotch)

In 1963, Júlio Cortazár achieve world fame with the publication of Rayuela, and became one of the main figures of the Latin American literary boom.
This book works as some kind of proto-hipertext, and Cortazár surprises the reader by having a "Table of Instructions" where he explains that "In its own way, this book consists of many books, but two books above all."
To start reading we're presented with two options, to read the book in the normal way up to the chapter 56, or follow the order indicated at the end of each chapter, going back and forward, starting from chapter 73.
The key character is Horacio Oliveira a bohemian argentine living in Paris, and his girlfriend "La Maga". The book presents episodes of Oliveira's life independent of the chronological order, complemented with philosophical and literary meditations.
The book it's hard to read, but once you're in to it, it's also hard to leave.


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Satanas

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 9 January 2007 02:41 (A review of Satanas / Satan (Biblioteca Breve) (Spanish Edition))

In December 4th 1986 Campo Elias Delgado, murdered 29 people in Bogotá, Mario Mendoza who had met him in college took fifteen years to tell the story of this man.
But Satanas is not about this murder; it's about Bogotá, with very peculiar characters. A beautiful and naïve woman how involved in a scam to rip off high executives, a painter inhabited by mysterious forces, and a priest fighting against a case of demoniac possession in La Candelaria, Bogotá's colonial quarter - stories evolving around the story of Campo Elias, Vietnam war hero, starting a descent to hell, obsessed by the duality of good and evil, between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, that will turn into a extermination angel. Satanas is a novel about the dark presence of evil in everyday life.
The scenery is a shredded landscape, today's Colombia, and a city Bogotá, who's streets, the characters of this novel, wander erratically, condemned to expiate a unending guilt, in witch moving scenes mingle with others of raw violence.
Winner of the Premio Biblioteca Breve 2002, Satanas confirms Mario Mendoza as one of the best writers of the new Colombian fiction, set apart from the magical realism and discovering new voices for a new reality.


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