Dick Lit.I picked that term up from Tatiana s review of another book with North in the title, North Water She defines the term as pseudo manly books, like The North Water, which pretends to be some kind of deep, tough literature, but fails to hide that its author has an almost juvenile obsession with violence, gore and bowel movements That seems fitting here.Which isn t necessarily to say that Paz Sold n isn t a good writer He is a compelling one the story moves And even as it does, it s obvious he s staking out meaning on a number of different levels, some of which bearattention and study than others The book comprises three stories on at different time periods, that seem to intersect only faintly, at least in terms of the characters meeting or hearing about one another.But he draws other connections among them with images a Saturday Evening Post cover and word choice And thematically There s the repeated question of people being unable to find their voice to say what needs to be said one character refuses to speak much at all Another is slow to learn to write A third is searching for her voice, the novel reaching its conclusion when she thinks she has.There s also the connection to Bola o, especially The Savage Detectives There are savages of various sorts here, detectives, and Latin Americans lost in a wider world.There s also the question of the way that the United States screws up the identities of Mexicans and people of Mexican heritage it literally makes their identity problematic, the border not only on a map, but something that cuts through them Which is all well and good, though, to be honest, I didn t feel that there was much life behind these themes Paz Sold n is an academic, and it always felt as though the book was written to be analyzed by academics.There s also the problem of the book treading on familiar territory Much of the action takes place in a Texas university town too may novels are set in colleges It is true that Paz Sold n is critical of academia sometimes lightly, sometimes, subtly and ferociously, suggesting that Professors are, in some sense, scavengers picking the bones off of those who do actual work, exploiting them for their own gain but he s neither the first, second, or last writer to un sheath the knives for academia.The other two stories are also fairly familiar There s the misunderstood artist in the insane asylum And the serial killer Again, he tries to destabilize these to an extent the serial killer is an illegal immigrant, which would seem to go against his own sympathies, as an author but the attempt seems too calculated It doesn t help that the serial killer storyline is also police procedural, in which he gets to explain why the illegal immigrant serial killer does not undermine the plight of other undocumented people in America I agree, but, once , the point seems pedantic.The bigger issue I have is the needless violence In the afterword, the translator said that she and Paz Sold n worked hard to not make the violence gratuitous I understand that she had a complicated task a Bolivian author, living in the U.S., writing about Mexican characters learning American ways , and if I understood Spanish and could compare the original ti the translation, I might have been very impressed.As it is, though, she failed on keeping down the gratuity of the violence The opening chapter opens up with vivid descriptions of violence against women that are underexplained and overdescribed, and the assaults they don t stop So much of the identity crisis is expressed by violating women s bodies that may be the point, but Paz Sold n doesn t do much to explore this only takes it for granted I think, perhaps, the reason the only first person character is female is to balance the scales, but she is also a very passive, indecisive character, so it doesn t help much.At any rate, the violence seems put here to make the book feel gritty and real and authentic, but I generally found it unnecessary and off putting, like showing off Instead of making the book feel adult, it felt puerile. Este libro fue recomendado por Mar a Jos Navia en nuestro ltimo club de lectura del 2017, reci n recibido el aguinaldo fue una compra segura Sold n, en cuatro historias que parecen disimiles, pero que est n conectadas con el desarraigo y el traspaso de la frontera hacia Estados Unidos buscando alguna oportunidad No, buscando una vida Michelle la encuentra intentando salvar un amor de ensue o, para poder escarpar finalmente de una pesadilla Mart nez, que sabe que tiene el poder de cerrar los ojos y hacer desaparecer a todos para concentrarse de mejor forma en sus dibujos, Fern ndez quien ha podido hacer su vida en EE.UU como polic a para darse cuenta que la felicidad no siempre es como uno lo piensa y Jes s, que a trav s de su historia entendemos la maldad que puede surgir de una locura mal llevada dej ndonos ese odio por un personaje malvado tan bien creado Una novela que se lee r pida por la simple conclusi n de saber qu pasar con todos los personajes, si existe una conexi n m s all de la inmigraci n No lo sabes hasta llegar a su ltima p gina Una excelente novela para un verano caluroso que nos trae siempre a la memoria que hay libros que necesitan ser le dos, y este es uno de ellos. Excelente novela Bonita iron a sobre el pos modernismo literario como autolog a escribir meta Como seguidor de la literatura de la marginalidad llegu a este libro con cierta expectativa por todo lo que hab a o do de l Novela organizada en 16 cuentos, o historias, que en alg n punto cruzan sus tramas Su vinculaci n es m s bien leve, uno dir a que la justa para poder darle a este libro de cuentos el t tulo de la novela que no llega a ser En ella se cruzan las historias de un estudiante Millennial, un simpapeles violador y asesino, de algunas de sus v ctimas y de un recluso, entre otros Hay un axioma de la buena narrativa que, no por ser muy trillado, deja de ser cierto, y es el que reza que de lo nico que de verdad vale la pena hablar es de aquello que se conoce en profundidad Y aqu es donde este libro falla Los personajes son planos, los perfiles psicol gicos, pueriles, las descripciones son tibias, los di logos son circunstanciales y fallan en llegar a su raz n de ser, que es la de tirar la historia hacia adelante, y en definitiva, dejan en evidencia que el autor habla de un mundo que le es totalmente ajeno y que, evidentemente, no se ha tomado el trabajo de explorar en profundidad Uno pensar a que la figura de un extranjero indocumentado, cuya frustraci n lo lleva a transformarse en asesino en serie, da sobradamente para construir un perfil psicol gico bastante interesante El hecho es que aqu se nos aparecer con unas motivaciones igual de anodinas que las del Millennial, y que de alguna manera recuerdan a las de las teleseries en la simplicidad y rapidez de su esbozo.Da la impresi n de que, si el autor no nos cuenta m s de sus personajes, es porque sencillamente no los conoce En lo que toca a la trama, estos faltantes intentan suplirse con finales ambiguos y preguntas que se responden con sugerentes puntos suspensivos que, lejos de estimular la imaginaci n, no hacen m s que sugerir que el compromiso del autor con su historia es circunstancial Quiz s parte de la decepci n sea el hecho de que este libro parece intentar sumarse al g nero incipiente de la literatura de frontera, ese que colecta historias de los que viven con un pie en M xico y el otro en los Estados Unidos Suscripci n que m s que una adhesi n termina por entenderse aqu como mera impostura. I read the English translation This is a tough book, from three perspectives but one is a serial rapist murderer which caught me off guard It s well written and the stories are loosely woven together However, once I read the translator s notes which are at the end the book made MUCHsense and I wish I read this in Spanish. En esta ocasi n me encontr con la Antolog a de 16 cuentos titulada Norte y publicada por la editorial La Hoguera, a n me queda pendiente la novela de Paz Sold n con el mismo t tulo publicada por Random House.Sin sospecharlo siquiera result que la mayor a de estos cuentos ya los hab a conocido en Desapariciones , Las m scaras de la nada y As Imperfectos Fue agradable volver a reencontrarme con algunos de mis favoritos. When I started reading Norte I actually thought it was too dark but as I continued the reading it grew on me and, like all of the books by Edmundo Paz Sold n, I couldn t put it down until the end. the third novel from bolivian author and cornell professor edmundo paz sold n to be rendered into english, norte weaves together three disparate but not entirely unrelated narratives featuring immigrant characters from mexico and argentina two of the threads are inspired by real life individuals ngel maturino res ndiz the railroad killer and mart n ram rez a self taught schizophrenic folk artist contending with the personal politics of displacement, paz sold n s novel isn t so much a work about the emigrant immigrant experience in general, but instead a foray into the lives of three quite distinct people and how they ve adapted or not to their adopted home country with graphic, detailed scenes of rape, mutilation, and murder, many readers will likely be put off, though paz sold n s use of vicious, ruthless violence based as it is, again, on the life of an actual serial killer never veers into the gratuitous norte succeeds on nearly every level, with a compelling pace that is as relentless as it ultimately is revealing norte will undoubtedly appeal to fans of bola o as will the in text nods to the late chilean author , but is likelyaccessible to a general reader given the current american political milieu, paz sold n s novel takes on an especially timely resonance norte doesn t offer any answers about the ongoing immigration debate nor does it strive to , but in portraying the contrasting, diverging fates of his three main characters, paz sold n effortlessly broadens our perspectives on the singularity of human lives, their ultimate interconnection, and the innate yearning for something forever beyond ourselves he let him walk how many times on his beat as a ranger had he stopped a car for a broken taillight or an expired inspection sticker, to find that the driver was a frightened illegal he felt sorry for them and let them go he d give them a break, and who knows, maybe now they were doing better than he was but did any of it matter now all his effort, and the hard work of so many other people, would be eclipsed by the media frenzy and people who wouldn t remember anything else but the one illegal who was a killer. translated from the spanish by valerie miles vila matas, busquets,a thousand forests in one acorneditor, and co founder of granta en espa ol 4.5 stars Three Unconnected Men Travel North, Each Passing In Isolation Over One Of The Most Troubled And Controversial Dividing Lines In The World The Mexico US Border But In A Melee Of Language And Blood, Their Stories Of A Young Serial Killer, A Professor And His Lover A Graduate Student Who Writes Graphic Novels , And An Outsider Artist In A Mental Institution Gradually Begin To Coalesce Daring In Both Its Protagonists And Its Structure, Edmundo Paz Sold N S Norte Is A Fast Paced, Vivid, And Operatic Blending Of Distinct Voices Together, They Lay Bare The Darkness Of The Line Over Which These Men Like So Many Others Have Passed A Prominent Member Of A New Generation Of Latin American Writers, Paz Sold N Stands In Defiant Opposition To The Magical Realism Of The Past Century, Instead Grounding His Work In Political, Economic, And Historical Realities Norte Is No Exception It Is A Tale Of Displacement And The Very Human Costs Of Immigration Shocking With Its Violence Even As It Thrills With Its Language, Confounding Rather Than Cowing Under The Clich Of The Murderous, Drug Dealing Immigrant, Norte Is A Disquieting, Imperative Work An Undeniable Reflection Of Our Fragmented Modern World
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Norte book, this is one of the most wanted Edmundo Paz Soldán author readers around the world.
- 336 pages
- Edmundo Paz Soldán
- 03 March 2017 Edmundo Paz Soldán