El retrato minucioso de una familia del Medio Oeste americano a lo largo de varias d?cadas adquiere en la prosa maestra de Jonathan Franzen un car?cter universal. Ahondando en la vida ?ntima de unos personajes tan cercanos como identificables, la novela es una incisiva radiograf?a de nuestro tiempo que ha suscitado la admiraci?n un?nime de la cr?tica y los lectores de todos los pa?ses donde se ha publicado hasta la fecha.
Patty y Walter Berglund son miembros de una nueva y ...
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El retrato minucioso de una familia del Medio Oeste americano a lo largo de varias décadas adquiere en la prosa maestra de Jonathan Franzen un carácter universal. Ahondando en la vida íntima de unos personajes tan cercanos como identificables, la novela es una incisiva radiografía de nuestro tiempo que ha suscitado la admiración unánime de la crítica y los lectores de todos los países donde se ha publicado hasta la fecha.
Patty y Walter Berglund son miembros de una nueva y floreciente clase urbana, pioneros en la recuperación de un barrio degradado. Además de madre modélica y esposa perfecta, Patty es la vecina ideal, la que sabe dónde se reciclan las pilas y cómo escoger un colegio adecuado para los niños. Junto con su marido Walter, abogado ecologista y ferviente defensor de la bicicleta, aportan su grano de arena a la construcción de un mundo mejor. Sin embargo, la llegada del nuevo milenio pone la vida de los Berglund patas arriba. Su hijo quinceañero se instala en casa de los vecinos republicanos, Walter acepta trabajar para una compañía minera, y Richard Katz, antiguo compañero de Walter, rockero extravagante y mujeriego empedernido, cobra un protagonismo insospechado en la pareja. Pero aún más desconcertante es la evolución de Patty, que de ser la figura más activa del barrio se ha transformado en una mujer ensimismada en la búsqueda de su propia felicidad. Con una efectiva combinación de humor y tragedia, Franzen desgrana las tentaciones y las obligaciones que conlleva la libertad: los placeres de la pasión adolescente, los compromisos despreciados en la madurez, las consecuencias del anhelo desenfrenado de poder y riqueza que arrasa el país. Así, en los aciertos y errores de un grupo de personas que tratan de adaptarse a un mundo confuso y cambiante, Franzen ha pintado un cautivador retablo de nuestra época.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788415629986
  • Publisher: Ediciones Salamandra
  • Publication date: 6/24/2013
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: Libranda
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 868,454
  • File size: 680 KB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Franzen
Best known for his National Book Award-winning novel The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen is equally adept at turning out elegant essays, social commentary, and cultural criticism.


Until his award-winning novel The Corrections was published in the fall of 2001, Jonathan Franzen was probably best known for a somewhat dyspeptic 1996 essay he wrote for Harper's entitled "Perchance to Dream." In it, Franzen decried the state of modern American fiction and, by association, that of his own career.

Part of Franzen's frustration may have stemmed from the reception of his first two novels, The Twenty-Seventh City (1988) and Strong Motion (1992). Although both books showcased his formidable literary skills and earned respectful praise from critics, neither one sold well. He won a Whiting Writer's Award for City and, in 1997, the British literary magazine Granta named him one of the 20 best American novelists under the age of 40. Still, major recognition seemed to elude him.

All that changed with The Corrections, a sprawling tale of American family dysfunction that was immediately acclaimed a "postmodern masterpiece." At long last, Franzen had found his voice, emerging from the pressure of trying to emulate his literary heroes Don DeLillo and William Gaddis. The New York Times Book Review called the novel "marvelous"; The New York Observer called it "brilliant"; and the Boston Globe called it "smart and boisterous and beautifully paced." In short, The Corrections put Franzen on the literary map.

A month later, Franzen's star lost some of its luster, when he became embroiled in a public relations fiasco. Kingmaker Oprah Winfrey selected The Corrections for her popular Book Club, but when the author expressed his discomfort with the endorsement, the show quickly withdrew its certification. A vilified Franzen hastened to explain himself, the book was re-Oprahcized -- and in a final salvo, Franzen wrote about the entire experience in a widely read New Yorker piece that only served to compound the controversy. As the line from his book goes, "What made corrections possible also doomed them." No matter; what Franzen lost in Oprah's esteem he gained in untold sales from the publicity, and The Corrections went on to win the National Book Award.

In 2002, a collection of Franzen's cultural criticism (including the famous Oprah piece and a reworked version of "Perchance to Dream") appeared under the title How to Be Alone, reaffirming his status as a writer of elegant nonfiction; and in 2006, he forayed into memoir with The Discomfort Zone, a self-lacerating look at his youth, his family, and the forces that shaped him into a writer.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Western Springs, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., Swarthmore College, 1981; studied as a Fulbright scholar at Freie Universität in Berlin
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