Réquiem para un Ángel

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This is the story of the chaste, absolute, and hopeless love that pushes Ángel Andrade to leave his house forever, determined to become the Authentic Savior of the City, the Angel that Eradicates All Impurities, the one that faces a booming catastrophe that tirelessly piles ruin upon ruin. In any case, he knows that someone must heed the call of everyday crime and diminish the resounding beat of desperation. Thus, he remains on the lookout, waiting for someone to call out for him, so that he can flap his ...
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This is the story of the chaste, absolute, and hopeless love that pushes Ángel Andrade to leave his house forever, determined to become the Authentic Savior of the City, the Angel that Eradicates All Impurities, the one that faces a booming catastrophe that tirelessly piles ruin upon ruin. In any case, he knows that someone must heed the call of everyday crime and diminish the resounding beat of desperation. Thus, he remains on the lookout, waiting for someone to call out for him, so that he can flap his invisible wings and plunge down.
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This oddball homage to Mexico City revolves around Ángel Andrade, a young defeño who leaves home, changes his name to Anhauac, and roams the city fighting injustice. He is surrounded by a host of characters, from upper-class snobs to a former boxer, who comment on the sorry state of the city. Ángel's chapters alternate with baroque ramblings about the city's cruelty, analphabetism, and occasional beauty and with short writings by some of Mexico's foremost authors—from Carlos Fuentes to Octavio Paz. Hernández's elaborate style and sense of humor make some of these chapters very engaging, especially the vivid reminiscences about the 1985 earthquake and the 1968 massacre at Tlatelolco square. However, it often seems that the book's inventiveness is meant to compensate for the author's having no clear idea of what to do with Ángel, who stays diffuse and hollow from the first page to the last. The author even makes frequent asides about the novel he is writing, self-consciously dialoguing with himself and pondering his own wit; eventually, he becomes trapped by his own literary devices. His relentless quest to surprise, move, and awe the reader is praiseworthy, but he only seldom succeeds. Recommended for libraries and bookstores with a strong Mexican literature catalog.—Carlos Rodríguez Martorell, East Elmhurst, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9786071102072
  • Publisher: Alfaguara
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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