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Corren los años setenta del siglo XIX y el joven Will Andrews, recién graduado en la universidad de Harvard, decide dejar todo lo que una gran ciudad puede ofrecerle y emprender un viaje hacia el Oeste, donde espera encontrar un lazo de unión con la naturaleza. Ya de camino, Will recala en un pequeño pueblo de Kansas llamado Butcher´s Crossing, donde la única diversión es tomar copas con hombres que parecen haber perdido ya muchas batallas y ...
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Butcher's Crossing

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Overview

Corren los años setenta del siglo XIX y el joven Will Andrews, recién graduado en la universidad de Harvard, decide dejar todo lo que una gran ciudad puede ofrecerle y emprender un viaje hacia el Oeste, donde espera encontrar un lazo de unión con la naturaleza. Ya de camino, Will recala en un pequeño pueblo de Kansas llamado Butcher´s Crossing, donde la única diversión es tomar copas con hombres que parecen haber perdido ya muchas batallas y acariciar mujeres cansadas de tanto traficar con el placer.

Todo parece tristemente anodino en ese pueblo tan alejado de las aventuras soñadas por Will, hasta que un buen día el muchacho traba amistad con Miller, un hombre maduro y cazador experimentado de búfalos. Miller y Andrews, acompañados de otros dos hombres, emprenden una aventura que los llevará a una pradera de ensueño, donde los animales abundan. Uno tras otro, los búfalos caen, pero el invierno acecha y la codicia de los hombres se cobrará su precio.

John Williams, que yadeslumbró con Stoner, nos sorprende ahora con un espléndido texto de iniciación donde vemos a un joven crecer bajo la atenta mirada de un maestro que conoce los resortes del alma.

«¿Una nueva novela que nos cuenta historias del lejano Oeste? No señores...Por fin un escritor ha usado los escenarios familiares del Western para hacer con ellos lo que toda buena ficción debería hacer: entregar al lector algo nuevo sobre su propia condición de hombre.» Chicago Tribune
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"One of the finest books about the elusive nature of the West ever written...It's a graceful and brutal story of isolated men gone haywire." —Time Out New York

"Harsh and relentless yet muted in tone, Butcher's Crossing paved the way for Cormac McCarthy. It was perhaps the first and best revisionist western." —The New York Times Book Review

"One of the finest novels of the West ever to come out of the West."—The Denver Post

"Williams didn't write much compared with some novelists, but everything he did was exceedingly fine...it's a shame that he's not more often read today...But it's great that at least two of his novels [Stoner, Butcher's Crossing] have found their way back into print." —The Denver Post

“Reading John Williams–even to have done so at the time these novels were written–is an exercise in nostalgia, a nostalgia found also in writers like Willa Cather, for whom the West represented a lost redoubt of intellectual dignity...It is tempting to say that Cather's tradition flagged because the West has changed – it is no longer anybody's bildungsroman–but it is safer to say that writers as talented and right-minded as John Williams are not naturally plentiful.” –New York Sun

This story about the hunt of one of the last great buffalo herds "becomes a young man's search for the integrity of his own being...The characters are defined, the events lively, the place, the smells, the sounds right. And the prose is superb, a rarity in writing about the west. More, John Williams."—The Chicago Tribune

"John Williams's unsparing novels express a highly qualified though resilient optimism about our ability to salvage something of value from life's impossible conditions. Along with the necessary isolation of the artist, he conveys the sobering if startled recognition—perhaps with his own career in mind—of the transitory triumph of art."—Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788426400369
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
  • Publication date: 10/10/2013
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: RANDOM HOUSE MONDADORI
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 489 KB

Meet the Author

John Williams (1922—1994) was born in Texas. He taught for many years at the University of Denver, where he was head of the creative writing program. Williams won the 1973 National Book Award in fiction for Augustus. His novel Stoner is also published as an NYRB Classic.

Michelle Latiolais is an associate professor of English at the UC Irvine. Her novel, Even Now, won a Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. She has recently published fiction and essays in The Antioch Review, Santa Monica Review, and ZYZZYVA.

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