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Locos Una comedia de gestos

Το «Καφενείο των τρελλών» στο Τολέδο πόλη μαγική μετέωρη στο χρόνο είναι ο χώρος συγκέντρωσης των λογοτεχνικών χαρακτήρων που δεν έχουν βρει το συγγραφέα τουςΟ Φελίπε Αλφάου Ισπανός μετανάστης στην Αμερική μουσικοκριτικός και φίλος του Λόρκα που αναγκάζεται να γράψει στα αγγλικά την ισπανική ιστορία του συχνάζει κι αυτός καμιά φορά μαζί με τους αποτυχημένους συγγραφείς στο «Καφενε?. The Short Version An emotional thrill ride novel in stories stories where the characters rebel invade other stories appear under different names and cause various sorts of mayhem confusion and headaches for the authornarrators Nicholls is correct on this one is there ever any doubt As the stories may be read in any order there s probably no such thing as a view spoilerspoiler hide spoiler

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ους τρελλαίνει και στον πόθο τους να την αγγίξουν δεν διστάζουν να αρπάξουν την πένα από τα χέρια του συγγραφέα τους και να γράψουν την ιστορία τους όπως αυτοί τη θέλουν Κι αυτός άλλοτε υποχείριο των παθών τους κι άλλοτε εγγυητής της εσωτερικής συνέχειας της αφήγησης αναγκάζεται να επέμβει να αλλάξει την πλοκή ή να υποδείξει στον αναγνώστη κάποια πτυχή που οι χαρακτήρες του αποκρύβουν. Strangely for a book recommended to me by a man who claims not to like short stories this is not a novel as its cover blurb claims but a collection of short stories Linked they may be but cohesive enough to be a novel they are not Nor while I m on the subject of the cover blurb do they anticipate works like Pale Fire and One Hundred Years of Solitude The metafictional element the whimsy of a loss of authorial control as Mary McCarthy writes in the afterword is no great innovation and while it is entertaining and in at least one story A Character in which a fictional character falls in love with a real woman moving it rarely occupies centre stage As McCarthy says If any aspect of the book has aged it is this whimsicality Maybe that s exaggeration or maybe I don t care that it has aged for my part I liked the whimsy but felt it was unevenly spread across the stories As to One Hundred Years of Solitude huh In the book s one true magical moment The Necrophil about a woman who dies for months at a time and is resuscitated Alfau channels Poe and the resultant fairly traditional gothic tale resembles Maruez not at all That said I m not complaining For the first half of this book I had a merry old time Old fashioned storytelling with a touch of Pirandello and a bunch of belly laughs it was great But around about The Chinelato I fancied it slackened off in intensity and by the last two stories The Necrophil and A Romance of Dogs I felt sure Alfau was serving up earlier work with familiar character s names inserted to superficially maintain cohesion though I ll admit I m no fan of uizzes or crosswords either so I no doubt missed some tacked on I maintain minor revelations Whether there s any real depth here I can t say but when Alfau s at his best I don t care because he s so entertaining Nor does the idea of his having been a supporter of Franco from the sidelines in the US not while shedding blood in Spain bother me in the slightest This is about as apolitical as fiction gets and apart from the last story close to pure invention I think it s great in places and some kind of lost classic But to call it a great innovation is a bit of a stretch Oh God and spare me the Hopscotch comparisons So you can read the stories in any order so what You can read Winesburg Ohio in any order as well but no one calls it experimental nor do they call it a novel for that matter And don t even get me started about how pathetic the structural ruse of Hopscotch is in the first place Forgive me the rant I just get so sick of people praising these books for what seem to me the wrong reasons Locos is fun period Read it for that reason and I doubt you ll be disappointed

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?ο των τρελλών» αναζητώντας χαρακτήρες για να αφηγηθεί την ιστορία τους Οι χαρακτήρες όμως είναι απείθαρχοι και όταν γευθούν την πραγματικότητα αυτή τη νέα διάσταση που τους προσφέρει ο συγγραφέας μεθούν και γυρεύουν να πλάσουν μόνοι το πρόσωπο και τη μοίρα τους Γιατί η πραγματικότητα για τους χαρακτήρες είναι ακριβώς αυτό που για τα πραγματικά όντα είναι η φαντασία Η επαφή μαζί της τ. Locos A Comedy of Gestures is a lost gem from the late thirties and was forerunner for the postmodern movement of the 60s onward The novel is a series of interlocking tales wherein characters are redistributed among the manifold Spanish topographies sometimes for significant contrasts sometimes for simple mischiefThe novel has in common with the ancient storytelling tradition narrated in a fable like voice but Alfau is conscious of the limitations of this form and deploys footnotes and authorial corrections to challenge the stiffness of the Great Canonical Novels Their plots are immutable whereas his book invites a reading in any order with any number of interpretations The stories are a mixed bunch but The Necrophil stood out for me a ghoulish tale about an old crone obsessed with death that leaves a haunting resonance


About the Author: Felipe Alfau

Felipe Alfau was an American Spanish novelist and poet Like his contemporaries Luigi Pirandello and Flann O'Brien Alfau is considered a forerunner of later postmodern writers such as Vladimir Nabokov Thomas Pynchon Donald Barthelme and Gilbert Sorrentinohttpwebarchiveorgweb2007092909



10 thoughts on “Locos Una comedia de gestos

  1. says:

    Somewhere in Toledo lost amongst narrow streets there is the Café of the Crazy freuented by disused literary charactersBad writers were in the habit of coming to that café in uest of characters and I came now and then among them At that particular place one could find some very good secondhand bargains and also some fairly good cheap new m

  2. says:

    The Short Version An emotional thrill ride novel in stories—stories where the characters rebel invade other stories appear under different names and cause various sorts of mayhem confusion and headaches for the authornarrators Nicholls is correct on this one is there ever any doubt? As the stories may be read i

  3. says:

    Once I was at the Café de los Locos in Toledo Bad writers were in the habit of coming to that café in uest of characters and I came now and t

  4. says:

    Locos A Comedy of Gestures is a lost gem from the late thirties and was forerunner for the postmodern movement of the ‘60s onward The novel is a series of interlocking tales wherein characters are redistributed among the manifold Spanish topographies sometimes for significant contrasts sometimes for simple mischiefThe novel has

  5. says:

    This is madness ΥΓ 45

  6. says:

    Puma you sure can pick 'em I thoroughly enjoyed this one The characters in revolt against their young 'author' lin

  7. says:

    Strangely for a book recommended to me by a man who claims not to like short stories this is not a novel as its cover blurb claims but a collection of short stories Linked they may be but cohesive enough to be a novel they are not Nor while I'm on the subject of the cover blurb do they 'anticipate works like Pale

  8. says:

    It takes than a little something to write about your characters disobeying yourself the author Well maybe it takes of that thing today than in 1928 but still Despite that somewhat heavy handed self awareness at the beginning the authorial footnotes strewn throughout are a less grating touch this text shines in the way it moves It is funny and frenetic and invites you to do than a little detective work Breezy tune up read for Chromos which

  9. says:

    A tale of two cities One is Madrid the other imaginary A tale of two novels written by itinerant international authors both of whom had Spanish as their first language A tale of two experimental novels One I lov

  10. says:

    Poor Felipe Alfau If he had stayed in Spain rather than immigrate to the States he would very likely be considered today on

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