El Desbarrancadero (Spanish Edition)

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A metaphor of death, a secret meeting of ghosts. This novel depicts the end of a household in the heart of a crumbling country.

Blurb in Spanish:
Al decidir hablar en nombre propio, con su voz (una voz inconfundible que no se parece a la de nadie), Fernando Vallejo está rompiendo con la más obstinada tradición literaria: la del narrador omnisciente que todo lo sabe y todo lo ve, el novelista ubicuo que puede atravesar con una mirada las paredes y leer los pensamientos. Nada de esto aquí.

En vez del Artífice Supremo, un simple ser humano que dice "yo" sin ocultarse detrás de una pluralidad de máscaras. Pero eso sí, uno que ha jurado no salirse jamás de los límites del pronombre de primera persona con todo lo que eso implica: asumir sin disimulos ni subterfugios sus amores y sus odios. Por eso ante este escritor no caben términos medios: o se toma o se deja.

Metáfora de la Muerte, conciliábulo de espectros y fantasmas, "El desbarrancadero" cuenta el fin de una casa en medio de un país que se desmorona. Si no la vida del autor, por lo menos sus libros desembocan con esta obra desolada y conmovedora de el inexorable final.

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A Colombian-born writer based in Mexico City, Vallejo received considerable worldwide recognition when his last novel, La virgen de los sicarios (Our Lady of the Assasins was made into a film by the acclaimed Barbet Schroeder. Just as dark as La virgen, this semi-autobiographical novel is set in the author's native city, Medell!n. The narrator (called Vallejo) returns home after a prolonged absence to attend to his most beloved brother, Dario, an AIDS patient whose health is slowly deteriorating owing to his alcohol and marijuana use. Vallejo indulges in digressions into past memories that they both share, which include endless adolescent partying and homosexual love affairs. La Muerte (Death), the character around whom the narrative ultimately revolves, appears throughout, touching different members of Vallejo's family and finally becoming his worst enemy. In this brutal and irreverent critique of Medell!n's violent society, Colombian politicians, the pope, and Catholicism, Vallejo is just as hard on the women around him, including his mother. But in the end, he is also hard on himself, for when Death makes a triumphant exit Vallejo is left with a profound feeling of impotence and frustration. To this pessimistic tone, the author adds a cruel yet subtle black humor that evokes spontaneous laughter and allows readers to greatly enjoy this gripping and harshly honest story. Recommended for both public and academic libraries and for book markets catering to Colombian patrons. Fernando Zapata, New York City
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