Palinuro de México has ratings and 50 reviews. Megha said: and I vowed that the book which I would write someday would be as sickly, fragile and. Palinuro of Mexico. Latin American Literature Series. Fernando del Paso. Translated by Elisabeth Plaister. Winner of Mexico’s Premio Novela. ILAN STAVANS: Since in ‘Palinuro of Mexico’ you function not only as the FERNANDO DEL PASO: The novel does suffer from excess—excess in style.

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Suddenly I had a new character, named Palinuro, a medical student killed inand I wanted to make use of him.

Needless to say, the Portuguese language in Brazil is quite different and thus Fernanfo doubt the country is a suitable market for a dense novel translated across the Atlantic. Would you change anything today?


The book is filled to the brim with such comic extravagances, but it’s so dense with language and so thin in story that many readers won’t stay with it long enough to find most of its enjoyable material.

Somewhere in the review section for this book I read something along the lines of “Del Paso is the greatest writer alive because he can elongate the phrase ‘Palinuro is such a badass, he knows everything there is to know about medicine and besides he’s fucking his cousin’ for pages”.

OK, I can see it. Let me turn to the topic of polyglotism. I love it from the first moment, but also know that if this wants to really earn that love, it will have to continuously startle and surprise me by carving a path in some yet unknown and unexpected direction through its universe, rather than just rest on its endless allusions, episodes, anatomies, and sheer love of language. Just offstage is the Tlatelolco massacre. After all, the novel paos, among other things, an investigation of the Mexican psyche, its past and present.


Otherwise we recommend it very, very highly. Fernando del Paso es un cuentista y novelista mexicano.


It’s a mirror to the culture of Mexico. One has friends in the government, longtime friends. This book is for you! Recently, the book appeared in Holland as well, where palinuri a few months it has sold 6, copies—a best seller for such a small country. Rabelaisian, yes, it reminded me too at times — in particular towards the end of Coover’s Public Burning. Just as the Olympic games were about to begin, the Mexican government, as palinur well know, was facing heavy pressure from social forces asking for democratic change.

It did, but with no reaction whatsoever. Oct 10, That must be just me. A surrealistic maelstrom in PoMo: O con el cuerpo limpio y la conciencia sucia. O de noche con la luz encendida, mientras los zancudos ejecutaban una danza cenital alrededor del foco.

What pso I hear while reading: Keith Mano and Felipe Alfau fans – where are you? There were a few occasions when I felt like I was dragging my feet through sand, when a chapter began to look longer than eternity.

Ostensibly, this is about a lovedrunk incestuous romance between sex-mad cousins. The examples dee numerous, including Pawo Paz and Carlos Fuentes. Don’t look for big questions or answers. Unfortunately for the unsuspecting reader, he or she may suffer something resembling Palinurus’ fate–the sleep part, anyway–when picking up this book unprepared.

This is worth people’s time. It seems like there are only a handful of other works by him, but I basically wish I read Spanish so I could seek them out. Were translators free to manipulate the text palinurk some extent?


Ostensibly, this is that all-too-rare bird—a freewheeling uninhibited masterwork in pursuance of pure readerly pleasure, of that Gassian wonder of the word.

It is also extremely depressing that, having read News From the Empire, I’ve now read the entirety of del Paso’s works translated into English. If certain characters resemble people in real life, it is because certain people in real life resemble characters from a novel.

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This has created confusion among readers: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Otro libro que me deja abrumado, sin palabras, completamente enamorado y feliz.

View all 3 comments. And fel I read the next-to-last chapter, “Palinuro in the staircase” which narrates the agony of Palinuro, fatally injured by the police and army in the student riots of that led to the Tlatelolco Massacre.

Oh yeah, there’s a shit-ton on incest as well. Paljnuro that time he told me: Charles’s mother, Mariana of Austria, emxico a Habsburg, was a niece of his father, Philip. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s a token of respect to the marvels of medical science seen over the centuries and a romanticized view of the human anatomy.

Or rather, never a literary text, only press releases and similar stuff.