Historia secreta de Costaguana [NOOK Book]

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"Usted me ha eliminado de mi propia vida. Usted, Joseph Conrad, me ha robado." Londres, 1903. José Altamirano, colombiano de nacimiento, acaba de llegar de un país caribeño de cuyo nombre ya quisiera olvidarse. Arrastra consigo varias culpas y una historia de la cual se arrepiente; ha sido testigo de las cosas más terribles que le pueden pasar a una persona y también a un país. Pero nunca habría imaginado el encuentro que el destino tenía programado para él. Nunca habría imaginado lo que le ocurriría después de conocer al famoso novelista Joseph
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Historia secreta de Costaguana

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"Usted me ha eliminado de mi propia vida. Usted, Joseph Conrad, me ha robado." Londres, 1903. José Altamirano, colombiano de nacimiento, acaba de llegar de un país caribeño de cuyo nombre ya quisiera olvidarse. Arrastra consigo varias culpas y una historia de la cual se arrepiente; ha sido testigo de las cosas más terribles que le pueden pasar a una persona y también a un país. Pero nunca habría imaginado el encuentro que el destino tenía programado para él. Nunca habría imaginado lo que le ocurriría después de conocer al famoso novelista Joseph Conrad. "Historia, imaginación y aventuras en una espléndida novela que narra el desgarro de un ambicioso sueño. Una lúcida y divertida reflexión sobre la Historia y su relación con la gran literatura." Juan Marsé "Una odisea de la infelicidad, el encuentro de dos peculiares viajeros, y una fascinante reflexión, en clave colombiana, sobre la historia del dolor que no tiene historia." Enrique Vila-Matas "Historia, imaginación y aventuras en una espléndida novela que narra el desgarro y el expolio de un ambicioso sueño. Una lúcida y divertida reflexión sobre la Historia y su relación con la gran literatura." JUAN MARSÉ "Una odisea de la infelicidad, el encuentro de dos peculiares viajeros, y una fascinante reflexión, en clave colombiana, sobre la historia del dolor que no tiene historia." ENRIQUE VILA-MATAS "Uno de esos placeres que sólo tienen lugar de muy tanto en tanto." MARCELO FIGUERAS, El Boomeran "Gran novela. Titánica y conradiana." RAFAEL CONTE, Babelia. "Novelas como ésta hacen que uno se sienta orgulloso de este oficio." EUSEBI LAHOZ, El Periódico
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For readers whose knowledge of Polish-born British writer Joseph Conrad is limited to Heart of Darkness and the movie it inspired, Apocalypse Now , the reference to Costaguana in this novel’s title will be oblique at best. Costaguana is the fictitious South American country where Conrad’s ambitious novel Nostromo plays out. Vásquez is no stranger to the classics, having translated work by E.M. Forster, Victor Hugo, and others and written a biography of Conrad. He is also no stranger to history, especially that of his homeland, Colombia; his novel Los informantes (“The Informants”; Alfaguara, 2004) resuscitates World War II blacklists and betrayal there (Críticas , 1/05). In this novel, the setting is the Panama Canal Zone. José Altamirano narrates the fictional story within the true history in a meandering, self-conscious, and comical way. He is hyperaware of the impact of history on his life, having been conceived when his adulterous mother plays at being Manuela Sáenz to his father’s Simón Bolívar. The crux of this novel is Altamirano’s connection with the historical figure of Conrad, whom he tracks throughout. In the end, Altamirano confesses his life story and traitorous role in Colombian history to Conrad, which the European quickly writes up in Nostromo —replacing Colombia with Costaguana, calling it fiction, and deleting any reference to Altamirano. Surely, a lesser writer than Vásquez would not have been able to pull off this splendid trick of combining the real and imagined. Even readers with a casual knowledge of Conrad’s work will enjoy this novel. Recommended for all libraries andbookstores.
—Salwa Jabado

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788420492384
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: RANDOM HOUSE MONDADORI
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Sales rank: 691,634
  • File size: 371 KB

Meet the Author

Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Bogotá, 1973) ha ganado varios premios de cuento, de crítica de cine y de crónica periodística en Colombia. Ha publicado las novelas Persona (1997) y Alina suplicante (1999) y el libro de cuentos Los amantes de Todos los Santos (Alfaguara, 2001). Sus relatos han sido incluidos en antologías de Alemania, Francia, España y Colombia. Entre 1996 y 1999 vivió en París, donde hizo estudios de doctorado en literatura latinoamericana. Posteriormente se instaló en Bélgica, cerca de Aywaille, un pequeño pueblo de las Ardenas. Actualmente vive en Barcelona, desde donde colabora con diversas publicaciones de España y América Latina.
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