INVITATION TO DIE (World Literature in Translation)

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9780824029951: INVITATION TO DIE (World Literature in Translation)

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Text: English, Spanish (translation)

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Originally published in 1972, this work by one of Spain's foremost novelists, part of this publisher's admirable series to provide translated world literature, treats the universal theme of humanity's alienation from an impersonal society. The protagonist, named SIMPSON & SIMPSON, CROS (or CROS for short), is the quintessential modern man. He is devoid of emotion, ostensibly educated and successful, and obsessed with violent death. An external event, the loss of his fiancee of 12 years to another, forces him to engage in an existential exploration of his psyche and act on his long-repressed passions. A parallel "story within a story" charts an execution that CROS witnesses and ultimately experiences in an interesting plot twist. As he moves from self-deception to self-knowledge, the narrative gains pace. The author employs experimental techniques, i.e., capitalized headlines to enhance the drama. A striking example of the "new novel" and representative of the author's works. For Spanish literature collections.
- Mary Ellen Beck, Troy P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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