The Centaur in the Garden

( 1 )

Overview

A masterpiece of magical realism by one of Brazil’s most celebrated novelists.

The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in the United States

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (19) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $14.00   
  • Used (17) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$14.00
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(328)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
New York 1984 Trade paperback First edition. New. No dust jacket as issued. (103106) 1st US edition Trade paperback is brand new in Near Mint condition. Trade paperback (US). ... Glued binding. 224 p. Audience: General/trade. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Oxford, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(218)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

A masterpiece of magical realism by one of Brazil’s most celebrated novelists.

The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in the United States

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Scliar is a world-class fabulist with a solid and distinguished oeuvre awaiting discovery by a larger audience. I’ve seen The Centaur in the Garden compared to works by Franz Kafka, Nikolai Gogol, Philip Roth, Mordecai Richler, and even John Updike. At its center is Guedali Tartakowsky, a Jewish centaur born into a family of Russian immigrants in Rio Grande do Sul. Scliar pushes the tragic destiny of Tartakowsky through an infusion of comedy. Its style is vintage Scliar: crisp, speedy, cinematic, succinct."—Ilan Stavans
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345316691
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1985
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 216

Meet the Author

Moacyr Scliar is a physician who lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil. His many award-winning novels and short-story collections, which have been translated into numerous languages, include The Carnival of Animals, The Collected Stories of Moacyr Scliar, and The Gods of Raquel. The Centaur in the Garden was named one of "100 Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature" by the National Yiddish Book Center.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    'Everything Is All Right Now'

    Written in the tradition of magic realism,'The Centaur in the Garden'is a fable in which mythic creatures, half horse, half human,(the centaur),and half woman, half lion,(the sphinx), play leading roles. Guedali Tartakovsky, fourth child of Leon Tartakovsky, a Jew brought over from Russia by Baron Hirsh early in the 20th century to farm in a remote area of Brazil, is born a centaur, a human with the lower body of a horse. The family is horrified. His mother goes into a deep depression, but Leon is determined to bring up his son as a Jew. He persuades a mohel,( a Jew trained to do circumcisions under the guidelines of Jewish tradition)to circumcise the boy. Similarly, when Guedali reaches thirteen, Leon holds a Bar Mitzvah for him in the family home. At maturity, Guedali becomes restless and runs away, joining a circus where the lady lion-tamer falls in love with him. He escapes from her and meets Tita, a female centaur, who has been brought up by an eccentric millionaire. Guedali and Tita travel to Morocco where a famous surgeon transforms them into human beings. They still retain their hooves which they conceal with specially made boots. Returning to Brazil, they join city society. Guedali becomes rich, but Tita longs for her former life.When she falls in love with a young centaur later killed by their condominium police, Guedali flees to the countryside where he seeks to return to his roots. Transcendental questions bother him. 'Had Guedali,the centaur boy, been happy? Happier than the biped adult?' He experiences nostalgia. 'My tail and hooves were mine as my ego and id', he realizes. Sometimes,when he is nervous,he beats his foot against the ground in the manner of a horse beating his hoof. 'Why the uncontrollable itch to gallop?' he asks himself. This strange tale compares the loss of the horse's body to the process of assimilation undergone by many Jews. It posits the thesis that by discarding their mother tongue, Yiddish, and their customs, Jews lose their essential being. The story ends with Guedali writing in large letters,'Everything is All Right Now'. 'We're just like everyone else', he thinks,but 'his private horses still gallop within', revealing his inner conflict.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)