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El mercader de alfombras

El mercader de alfombras

by Phillip Lopate
     
 

Cyrus Irani can’t seem to find his place in the world. The son of Iranian immigrants, educated, introverted, he is content with seeing the days pass from his rug store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side; but the neighborhood, at its peak, is undergoing changes and the store’s rent is about to triple. Additionally, and in spite of his mother’s

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Cyrus Irani can’t seem to find his place in the world. The son of Iranian immigrants, educated, introverted, he is content with seeing the days pass from his rug store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side; but the neighborhood, at its peak, is undergoing changes and the store’s rent is about to triple. Additionally, and in spite of his mother’s insistence that he needs to settle down, he has yet to find a woman with whom to share his life. His problems keep multiplying, while his chronic passivity doesn’t allow him to confront any of them. Pushed by his mother, his friends, and his punk nephew, Cyrus will try to rid himself of his deep-seeded sedentary habits.

Cyrus Irani no acaba de encontrar su lugar en el mundo. Hijo de inmigrantes iraníes, culto, introvertido, se conforma con ver pasar los días desde su oscura tienda de alfombras del Upper West Side de Manhattan; pero el barrio, en pleno auge, está cambiando y el alquiler de la tienda está a punto de triplicarse. Por otro lado, y a pesar de la insistencia de su madre para que siente la cabeza, todavía no ha encontrado una mujer con la cual compartir su vida. Los problemas se van multiplicando sin que su pasividad crónica le permita hacerles frente. Empujado por la insistencia de su madre, sus amigos y su sobrino punk, Cyrus intentará zafarse de sus arraigadas y sedentarias costumbres.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Rug Merchant has its own particular grace of language; it's a sad, tight, lyrical song among the glittering ruins of Manhattan."  New York Times, on the English-language edition

"Lopate possesses a wit that is remorseless without ever being cruel; a compassion that is moving without ever being sentimental."  —Los Angeles Times, on the English-language edition

"Lopate maintains a tone and atmosphere of genteel defeat in his sensitive portrait."  —Publishers Weekly, on the English-language edition

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788493501877
Publisher:
Libros del Asteroide
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Edition description:
Second edition, Spanish-language edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Phillip Lopate is an American essayist, novelist, and poet who also writes about film, architecture, and urbanism for several prestigious publications. He is the author of the collections of essays Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, and Portrait of My Body, the novel Confessions of Summer, the poetry collections The Eyes Don't Always Want to Stay Open and The Daily Round, and the teaching memoir Being With Children. After working with children for 12 years in the Writers in the Schools Program, he began teaching literature and creative writing at the university level. He is currently a professor at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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