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Costantini, Humberto

Published by Harper & Row (1985)

ISBN 10: 0060153911 ISBN 13: 9780060153915

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About this Item: Harper & Row, 1985. hardcover. Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket. 1st edition. New York. 1985. August 1985. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. ISBN: 0060153911. Translated from the Spanish by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni. 184 pages. hardcover. Jacket illustration (c) Dagmar Frinta. Jacket design (c) Win Knowlton. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Argentine Everyman, 41-year-old Francisco Sanctis, is on his way home from work one afternoon in Buenos Aires when he is detoured by a strange scheme. It is November 1977, and Argentina is in the midst of the ‘dirty war,’ with its repression, censorship, paramilitary groups, kidnappings, and submerged terror An old girl friend mysteriously reappears and enlists Francisco Sanctis in a mission to contact and warn two innocent youths who are in imminent peril of being kidnapped and probably killed by secret agents of the Air Force. Step by step during the next ten hours, we follow Sanctis - indeed, we are in his skin- along the stations of his via crucis, sharing his conflicts and fantasies, his encounters, and observing Argentine society. Wandering in nocturnal Buenos Aires, all the time longing to be home with his wife and kids, Sanctis struggles a with his dilemma: should he mind his own business or get mixed up with questionable politics? With humor, irony, and on-target sketches of his characters, Argentine writer Humberto Costantini conveys the predicament of the ordinary middle-class man in Argentina, his quest for security, his uneasy conscience, his determination not to get involved and its deadly consequences. Written with a sure hand, Costantini’s second novel to be published in English is a powerful and moving, not to say timely, contribution to contemporary Latin American literature. A small gem of a political novel. Born in Buenos Aires in 1924, HUMBERTO COSTANTINI is the highly acclaimed author of THE GODS, THE LITTLE GUYS AND THE POLICE, as well as of several collections of short stories, books of poetry, and plays, all published in his native Argentina, to which he returned recently after years of exile in Mexico City. (original title: La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis, 1984 - Editorial Bruguera Argentina Safic). inventory #28509. Seller Inventory # z28509

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Costantini, Humberto

Published by Editorial Bruguera Argentina, Buenos Aires (1984)

ISBN 10: 950561019X ISBN 13: 9789505610198

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About this Item: Editorial Bruguera Argentina, Buenos Aires, 1984. Rústica con solapas. Condition: Muy Buen Estado. Very Good. 255pp. Después de siete años de exilio (exactamen-siete años, siete meses y siete días, según los ha contado él) retorna Costantini a Buenos Aires. Su recalcitrante amor por la ciudad, sus ganas de caminar sus calles, de estar con sus amigos y de trabajar en sus cosas, hacen que Costantini no conceda demasiada importancia a lo mucho que hizo en estos años de lejanía (varios libros escritos, varios libros publicados, varios premios importantes obtenidos, etc.) y que en cambio se prepare alegremente para esta nueva etapa de trabajo que comienza con su reciente llegada a Buenos Aires el 16 de enero de 1984, fecha a la que él suele llamar "mi segundo nacimiento". Está bien entonces que la EDITORIAL BRUGUERA festeje este nacimiento con la publicación de tres libros de Costantini: la novela De Dioses, hombrecitos y policías, ya conocida en varios países, y dos libros inéditos: la novela La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis, y la colección de cuentos En la noche. ¿Será necesario agregar que Humberto Costantini es porteño? Meterse en el mundo de De Dioses, hombrecitos y policías conocer de cerca a sus increíbles personajes, volar sin mayores dificultades desde el Olimpo, empenachado de nubes, hasta una casita de la calle Teodoro Vilardebó, en Villa del Parque, o hasta una oficina de la Superintendencia de Seguridad en donde se reúne un siniestro grupo de parapoliciales encabezado por "El Chivo", permite comprender a fondo las palabras de Costantini. La novela atrapa como podría hacerlo una novela policial. La realidad de De Dioses, hombrecitos y policías se torna más vivida y más creíble que la misma realidad. Es probable que el lector también se sienta "arrancado" de su realidad para sumergirse plenamente en el mundo de José María Pulicicchio, de Romualdo Chávez o de la señora Zimmerman, en cuyos destinos, manejados por Afrodita, Atenea o el implacable Edes, podrá ver una parábola de su propio destino. Seller Inventory # 508882

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