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La novela ganadora del Premio Alfaguara de novela 2003 es una obra que marcará un hito en la literatura en español: perfectamente ensamblada, representa a un personaje de la picaresca posmoderna como nadie había hecho hasta ahora, que se liga profundamente a la simpatía del lector; el rico lenguaje con que se construye es un magnífico ejemplo de la lengua más contemporánea, el español mundial con tintes de spanglish; la observación despiadada de la sociedad y la globalización es...
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Overview

La novela ganadora del Premio Alfaguara de novela 2003 es una obra que marcará un hito en la literatura en español: perfectamente ensamblada, representa a un personaje de la picaresca posmoderna como nadie había hecho hasta ahora, que se liga profundamente a la simpatía del lector; el rico lenguaje con que se construye es un magnífico ejemplo de la lengua más contemporánea, el español mundial con tintes de spanglish; la observación despiadada de la sociedad y la globalización es de una lucidez asombrosa y de una actualidad innegable.

Violetta, siempre tuvo una vida marcada por una extraordinaria inteligencia, personalidad y habilidad para el crimen. Siempre fue movida por un irrefrenable rechazo a la pobreza y la mediocridad, y una enorme pasión por el lujo. A los quince años, el día que sus padres iban a encerrarla en un psiquiátrico, escapá a Estados Unidos con miles de dólares robados y todo un país de lujo, vicios y mariditos insatisfechos por descubrir. De Nueva York a Las Vegas y de vuelta a México, Violetta narra los miedos, la soledad y las ilusiones rotas de una chica encantadora que construye su vida sobre el desenfreno y la manipulación de los demás.

Ganadora del Premio Alfaguara de novela 2003.

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Mexican author Velasco (Cecilia, Doble A, 1994) set out to create "an intense piece of writing" in this latest novel, winning this year's coveted Premio Afaguara de Novela. Fast paced and energetic, the novel centers on the lives of two hedonistic, reclusive characters: 15-year-old Violetta and Pig, a middle-aged Mexican journalist who later becomes her guardian devil. Tired of living the life of a modern Mexico City Cinderella, the ever restless Violetta runs away to New York City, taking with her more than $100,000 she has stolen from her parents, a couple of white-collar criminals who in turn snatched it from the Red Cross. Chronicling debaucheries, the novel's chapters alternate between Violetta's and Pig's separate but equally excessive, self-destructive life, leading up to Violetta's less than triumphant return to Mexico, where their two worlds collide. Velasco shifts perspectives but is at his best when taking on the voice of Violetta. Her fresh, vibrant language highlights the richness of both Mexican and English slang, often fusing the two unapologet-ically. "Era yo una naca en upgrade process" ("I was a 'ghetto' girl in upgrade process"), says Violetta at her mildest, and at her foulest she spews out obscenities as fast as she can spend thousands of dollars in shopping sprees at Saks Fifth Avenue. Although Violetta's antics become tiresome at times, Velasco's quick and urgent style drives readers toward a powerful conclusion. Dark and humorous, this novel is highly recommended for all public libraries and bookstores.
—Cesar Cazales, Osseo, MN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789681912642
  • Publisher: Santillana S.A.
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Xavier Velasco (México, 1958) es narrador, cronista y ensayista, y realizó sus estudios de Literatura y de Ciencias Políticas en la Universidad Iberoamericana. A los 19 colaboró en el suplemento La Onda de Novedades, donde escribía crónicas de grupos de rock. Desde 1984 a 2000 colaboró en el suplemento literario Sábado del diario Unomásuno y desde 1991 a 1996 en el diario El Nacional. Desde 1999 publica una columna semanal, "Epistolario", en el periódico Milenio. Es autor del ensayo biográfico Una banda nombrada Caifanes (Dragón, 1990) y de una novela corta, Cecilia (1993), publicada por la editorial marginal Doble A. En el año 2000 publicó el libro de crónicas nocturnas, Luna llena en las rocas (Cal y Arena).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

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    Una obra que te captura al adentrar en el mundo de Violeta; es su pensamiento el que te atrapa en un movimiento rápido e inteligente.

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