La Rambla paralela

La Rambla paralela

by Fernando Vallejo
     
 

Novela en que el pasado y el presente se funden en el futuro de la muerte, La Rambla paralela palpita con el pulso de un relato alucinado. En su desesperación por rescatar lo que sólo existe en su memoria de muerto, el cadáver ambulante que la cuenta nos lleva de la mano por una Barcelona abrasada en el calor que a veces es Medellín y a veces M

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Novela en que el pasado y el presente se funden en el futuro de la muerte, La Rambla paralela palpita con el pulso de un relato alucinado. En su desesperación por rescatar lo que sólo existe en su memoria de muerto, el cadáver ambulante que la cuenta nos lleva de la mano por una Barcelona abrasada en el calor que a veces es Medellín y a veces México. Vallejo es un excelente narrador que nos arrastra de una frase a otra cortándonos el aliento. Para él no existen las leyes del tiempo y el espacio, y en esta incontenible narración palpitan la verdad y la fuerza de un poeta de voz honda e inolvidable. A pesar de su rabia y su furia, este libro tiene una ternura nostálgica que nos deja entrever que aunque el paraíso alguna vez existió ya lo hemos perdido para siempre. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION A novel in which the past and the present collide in death. In his desperation to rescue what only exists in his memory after death, the traveling corpse that narrates the story takes us by the hand through a warm Barcelona that sometimes is Colombia and sometimes Mexico. Vallejo is an excellent narrator who pulls the readers from one phrase to the next leaving them breathless. In this uncontrollable narration beats the truth and the strength of a poet. In spite of the rage and fury portrayed, this story has a nostalgic tenderness.

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Two books stand out in the caustic work of Colombian author Vallejo: his multivolume autobiography El rio del tiempo (The River of Time, Alfaguara, 1987-2000) and the violent tale of a young contract killer, La virgen de los sicarios (Our Lady of the Assassins, Alfaguara, 1994), which was adapted into an award-inning film by renowned director Barbet Schroeder. The protagonist of this latest novel, a rambling dead man, tours the many crossroads of his defunct memory. Centered on Barcelona's book fair and rhythmically merging with his reminiscences of Mexico and Colombia, his monolog devolves into a well-paced mist of radical opinions and excruciating sharpness. Readers will find here an eloquent and cleverly constructed agony; the author shows off his beautiful rage against his usual suspects: the pope, politicians, literature, his native and adopted countries. Although somewhat jumpy, the narrative follows an internal logic and-curiously for the speech of a dead man-contains plenty of radiant vitality. There's no mourning in his lament; it's a pristine, streetwise statement that is affirmative despite its sourness. This surreal tour of a ghost has nothing to do with magic realism. Vallejo's style is colloquial, foul-mouthed, and full of tough lyricism and deadpan humor-an unusual blend in contemporary literature that must be welcomed, in spite of its occasional shortcomings, as an honest breath of pure air. Recommended for bookstores, libraries, and readers eager to find the likes of C line, Genet, or Burroughs in Latin American literature.
—Gustavo Pesoa, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789587040401
Publisher:
Alfaguara
Publication date:
12/10/2002
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)

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