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  • Paperback
  • 233
  • Los Planetas
  • Sergio Chejfec
  • Spanish
  • 21 September 2018
  • 9789505114955

10 thoughts on “Los Planetas

  1. says:

    Both of Chejfec's books that have been translated into English The Planets and My Two Worlds have proven themselves somewhat difficult

  2. says:

    A good book about friendship identity and political violence and terror Sometimes it drags too much and I would prefer a bit action and less introspection and a bit of humor too So overall it's a uite boring book Excellent translation

  3. says:

    Exuisite start to finish Seriously some of the finest writing on memory and loss I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading The Planets was my first Sergio Chejfec and most certainly will not be my last I’m blown away This one will sti

  4. says:

    Uneven ultimately — parts of it are lovely deeply felt and engaging and parts are not failing alternately for being too vague or too explicit Too many connections are explained which should have been left to intuit and too much time is spent talking about silence when some actual silence would have sufficed

  5. says:

    Sergio Chejfec writesNeither of us would have imagined that years later these events would be written down on paper If we had foreseen this we would have acted differently guiding our steps according to our idea of posterity; fortunately we did not This foreseeing should be clarified however given that if M knew the reasons why I would end up writing these pages he certainly would have done what was needed to avoid hi

  6. says:

    DISCLAIMER I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it So take my review with a grain of salt or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it uite well Also I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book since it would benefit Op

  7. says:

    A surprisingly moving story of mourning written in a meandering dense philosophical style that touches on political religious and social themes with lots of ideas about how humans interact with space around them bo

  8. says:

    Very definitely not a book to be rushed through It demands to be mulled over slowly Very digressive and meditative I found it to have much the same conceptual content as a lot of the poetry I've been reading lately

  9. says:

    I won’t pretend to completely understand everything that is going on in The Planets Despite that I can appreciate that with its publication by Open Letter Books Sergio Chejfec has presented English readers with a gentle novel on

  10. says:

    A very strange and surreal book I don't really know how to explain the plot so I'll let the publisher do it for me When he reads about a mysterious explosion in the distant countryside the narrator’s thoughts turn to his disappeared childhood friend M who was abducted from his home years ago during a spasm of politica

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Los Planetas

D relive the time they spent together wandering the streets of Buenos AiresSergio Chejfec’s The Planets is an affecting and innovative exploration of mourning remembrance and friendship by one of Argentina’s modern masters A surprisingly moving story of mourning written in a meandering dense philosophical style that touches on political religious and social themes with lots of ideas about how humans interact with space around them both in terms of geographic space especially in how humans construct and are constructed by cities Captives of geography our past is shaped by the city and in terms of outer space Because the same mystery that moves the planets also impels people And it has to be noted that Heather Cleary s translation is remarkable the style of this book is daunting and can seem impenetrable but her rendering gives a beautiful rhythm within the long sentences and chunky paragraphsA great book I d recommend reading Chejfec s My Two Worlds before reading The Planets it is a tightly composed narrative that can get you inside Chejfec s amazing head a little easier

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When he reads about a mysterious explosion in the distant countryside the narrator’s thoughts turn to his disappeared childhood friend M who was abducted from his home years ago during a spasm of political violence in Buenos Both of Chejfec s books that have been translated into English The Planets and My Two Worlds have proven themselves somewhat difficult to get through Not because Chejfec is a difficult writer per se nor because I find them exhausting but there is resistance in his prose that I liken to someone inviting you in but keeping his foot against the door This seems a deliberate choice on Chejfec s part and it works his works demand that rare valuable thing from a reader strict concentration That concentration is paid off in full in Chejfec s brilliant moments which shine through often enough to leave one feeling a little at a loss as if the words on the page suddenly fleetingly became something substantial and true

SUMMARY Los Planetas

Aires in the early 1970s He convinces himself that M must have died in this explosion and he begins to tell the story of their friendship through a series interconnected vignettes hoping in this way to reanimate his friend an Sergio Chejfec writesNeither of us would have imagined that years later these events would be written down on paper If we had foreseen this we would have acted differently guiding our steps according to our idea of posterity fortunately we did not This foreseeing should be clarified however given that if M knew the reasons why I would end up writing these pages he certainly would have done what was needed to avoid his abduction though in fact he did nothing at all to cause it They say that one could avoid innumerable problems mistakes and catastrophes if one knew how things were going to turn out but this is an impossible dream The most extreme example of this is that we are all certain of death and even expanding things a bit about the decline of civilization the destruction of the environment and the inevitable ostracism of the sun but are still unable to avoid the end What keeps us from losing hope in the fact of this inescapable truth A belief in the interim in the fact that in the meantime things happen that are worth experiencing


About the Author: Sergio Chejfec

Sergio Chejfec is an Argentine Jewish writer He was born in Buenos Aires in 1956 From 1990 to 2005 he lived in Venezuela where he published Nueva sociedad a journal of politics culture and the social sciences He currently lives in New York City and teaches in the Creative Writing program in Spanish at New York UniversityChejfec has written novels essays and a poetry collection His works i