Agua

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The year is 1920, and Luis Agua, an authorised representative of an electricity company, arrives in Vila Natal, an inhospitable village in Portugal. His objective is to convince the inhabitants of the benefits of artificial light. Before long Agua learns that the village and the castle that presides over it hide deep secrets. A noble widow in decline, a will that is both cruel and impertinent, a pioneer of aviation, an epidemic and an unexpected ending; these are the ingredients of this novel in which the themes ...

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Overview

The year is 1920, and Luis Agua, an authorised representative of an electricity company, arrives in Vila Natal, an inhospitable village in Portugal. His objective is to convince the inhabitants of the benefits of artificial light. Before long Agua learns that the village and the castle that presides over it hide deep secrets. A noble widow in decline, a will that is both cruel and impertinent, a pioneer of aviation, an epidemic and an unexpected ending; these are the ingredients of this novel in which the themes of love, revenge, humour, death and greed come together to form an almost arithmetic narrative.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Eduardo Berti is a real inovative talent, and this enchanting novel ought to be widely read." - Paul Bailey, Daily Telegraph

"Agua meets expectations in an exquisitely roundabout fashion ... This fantasy by an Argentinian delights in its journey ." - Isabel Montgomery, Guardian

"Like switching on a light switch Agua is as utterly simple as it is warmly illuminating ... haunting quality ... When a character feverishly finds herself abandoning the real world for the one of he dreams we're swept along, intoxicated with her." - Mary Elizabeth Williams, New York Times Book Review Book Review

The New York Times
The Argentine writer Eduardo Berti's first novel, in this lovely translation by Alexander Cameron and Paul Buck, is as mutable as its title suggests, possessing both an old-fashioned formality and a brisk tautness authentic to the changeable era it depicts. — Mary Elizabeth Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781901285420
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Eduardo Berti was born in Buenos Aires in 1964. He is the author of a book of short stories entitled Los pajaros for which he received an award from the magazine Cultura and which Pagina/12 newspaper considered among the best works of Argentine fiction in 1994. Agua, his first novel, was unanimously acclaimed both in Argentina and Spain and has already been published in France. His most recent novel, La mujer de Wakefield, was published in Spain in 1999 and nominated for the prestigious Prix Feminina in France.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    Wonderful Book, Shoddy Translation

    The wonderful Spanish original of this thought-provoking novel of apparent coincidences is marred by careless translation. The translators shoddy work accounts for the absence of the fifth star. (The NY Times reviewer seems to be as ignorant of English grammar as she is of Spanish.) Modernity (i.e., up-to-dateness) and tradition are revealed as complementary dead-ends, while the human spirit, longing for both significant freedom and credible guidance, negotiates the borderland between the two.

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