El hombre duplicado (The Double)

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What happens when Tertuliano Máximo Afonso discovers that in his city there is an individual who is his exact copy, yet to whom he is in no way related? That is the question that Saramago, yet again exploring the depths of his soul, asks us in The Double. How do we know who we are? What does identity consist of? What defines us as individual, unique people? Could we accept that our voice or our features might be shared in every way with another person? Could we exchange places with our double without our friends...
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What happens when Tertuliano Máximo Afonso discovers that in his city there is an individual who is his exact copy, yet to whom he is in no way related? That is the question that Saramago, yet again exploring the depths of his soul, asks us in The Double. How do we know who we are? What does identity consist of? What defines us as individual, unique people? Could we accept that our voice or our features might be shared in every way with another person? Could we exchange places with our double without our friends and family noticing?

José Saramago recibió el premio Nobel de Literatura en 1998.

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Portuguese writer Saramago received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998 for such outstanding novels as Historia del cerco de Lisboa (The Siege of Lisboa, Alfaguara, 1999) and Ensayo sobre la ceguera (On Blindness, Alfaguara, 2001). In this newest addition to his philosophical fiction, he tells the story of a lonely and ordinary professor of history, Tertuliano M ximo Afonso, who, while watching a comedy on video, discovers that he has a double. Intrigued, Tertuliano finds his twin and gives him a call. From then on everything, even the narrator's voice, duplicates and mixes as irony leads to tragedy. Captivating as the story is, the doppelganger theme has already been exhausted, from Plautus to Jorge Luis Borges, and has been an especially cherished motif in Portuguese literature (Machado de Assis, Luis Vaz de Camoes, Jose Antonio Brandao). Saramago himself has already explored the subject of identity and otherness in Todos los nombres (All the Names, Alfaguara, 2001), with better results. But even though this novel is a minor work in his canon, Saramago is a master, and it shows in the luxurious language and paced control of nuances that make his clones different while dreadfully alike; his technique dazzles. While some readers will consider this book a deep and stylish meditation, others will find it a slow repetition of a common literary theme. Recommended for public and academic libraries, and bookstores.
—Gustavo Pesoa, New York City Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9786071130594
  • Publisher: Punto de Lectura
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 684,823
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Excelente

    Uno de los mejores que he leido en los ultimos tiempos, Saramago es un genio, plantea una situacion que pareceria absurda pero perfectamente posible, la dualidad en cada uno de nosotros es algo que la presenta de una manera extraordinaria, mi personaje favorito es 'el sentido comun'. Espero encontrar pronto un libro que me satisfaga tanto como este.

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