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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but back in college, I had csso focus in Latin American politics so that area of the world is absolutely fascinating to me. Quotes from El caso Neruda.
The main action takes place in against the chaotic and real events surrounding the fall of Allende and rise of Pinochet in Chile.
Open Preview See a Problem? The spirit and flavor of Neruda’s “voice” pervade the novel. This is a country going through some troubling times. And as for him, Cayetano, to what was he devoted? Angel Bracamonte, a researcher on the medicinal properties caeo native plants, but Neruda does not want to find Bracamonte for his medical skills. So often Ampuero caught Neruda in all his artistry and his contradictions.
He saw them studying revolutionary texts by morning, singing battle hymns and organizing forums in the afternoons, and forging secret alliances over long nights of beer and dialogue, during which they fell in love with German girls and fornicated with them in the forest.
To find a Cuban doctor who might be able to cure his cancer, Neruda hires a young Cuban guy who is hanging around Valparaiso, a southern Chilean city of hills and cold weather. In the middle of the beginning paragraph, I started to wonder whether it was the translation that was problem or whether it was Ampuero that was the problem. Cayetano remarks on Brecht: The powers that be ampuedo the title of hero for their cannon fodder.
Ampuero pulled off the feat of writing in two distinct styles.
Her trail grows cold in Havana and appears to lead her back to her native land, Germany, the eastern sector behind the Iron Curtain. Ceytano, our hero and inexperienced private detective, is hired by the dying Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda to solve a mystery. The result is okay, but not much more. See the locations of the book here – link: The story got better, the writing got better, and my interest got more piqued as I worked my way through the story. As I think of it, the book has some interesting parallels to True Believers that I shall not discuss here, lest I deprive a future reader of the delight of surprise.
The problem for Latin American language authors is that people have a tendency to compare to some pretty heavy hitters, robwrto Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, or Luis Borges. Valparaiso Ndruda — the home of Pablo Neruda and a key location for watching events of Chilean history unfold.
There’s an authentic-enough feel to the story, but there’s too little story — or, casoo, too much, with Cayetano qmpuero the reader ampuer allowed to linger sufficiently in one locale or on one part of it in this very restless novel.
He soon discovers that the Doctor is dead but his widow, the beautiful Beatriz Lederer and her daughter Tina, left Mexico for Cuba. Il caso Neruda – Italia.
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I liked it a great deal. Ampuero’s writing is passable while not rich or particularly evocative, much less poetic but the translation by Carolina De Robertis –“The Invisible Mountain” which IS a wonderful read I used the word “sly” midway in my status updates, but it is also nostalgic, and audacious, taking the poet and looking at his life through the women he loved or betrayed, real and fictional, and looking at the period through which he lived, the politics and posturings, the succession of disguises people don After five years in La Habana, in he returned to Eastern Germany.
The complete review ‘s Review:. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jan 23, Mary rated it really liked it. If you can buy into the original premise that a Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda would hire a young man with no experience other than from his reading of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret novels, you will be carried alon I found this an ambitious book which combines literary and political tropes to good effect.
So the beginning of The Neruda Case was somewhat unpromising.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Since then the detective has appeared in five novels. Neruda died in his house in Isla Negra on 23 September six and a half hours after that injection. The occasionally beautiful narration, the fact that I love the setting, and my love of Neruda’s poetry kept me reading as long as I did.
I just wished the main character had been more developed instead of focusing on Neruda.
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Orthofer1 July Not very dramatic, somewhat pedestrian and actually kind of slow. He saw many of them dying in combat, or being tortured or killed by the police back in their own countries.
In Roberho his works have sold more than 40 editions. People familiar with different Latin cultures will find the cultural references comforting with the various mentions of food and beverages scattered throughout the book. This is the first of his books to be translated into English. In fact, Ampuero’s brief epilogue alludes neurda his own mysterious inside knowledge; pretty fantastic for a neighbor-boy who actually admits that he never even spoke to Neruda!
The prose—or is it the translation?
En un momento en el que Chile estaba al borde del colapso. In this period his political thought began to change. In fact, the whole novel revolves around Brule’s search for the woman in various centers of left-socialism throughout the world initial experiments that Ampuero clearly judges to be laughable failures with little merit and the detective’s ndruda fictional but deeply judgemental conversations with the great poet about his views on life as well as Brule’s own confusions and critiques neeuda Neruda’s misguided “egoism” as he travels to socialist countries where Brule experiences highly stereotypical people and events.
With such a thrilling backdrop, the story of Neruda and his mystery search shows a side to Chile never seen before and a poet and his life sl takes centre stage. In this playful mystery, Ampuero answers with a resounding yes.
And you also learn much about the life of the great Pablo Neruda. It may have been a lost in translation issue or a personal style quibble on my part, or even just a first book in a series syndrome sufferer, but I wasn’t drawn into the story.
Looking for work, he is intrigued when Neruda asks him to search out a Cuban, Dr.