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The Wake [Paperback]

By Andrew Hurley & Andrew Hurley (Translator)
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"What do I feel?" asks the narrator, Nora Garca, as she goes back to a Mexican village she has not visited in years to attend the funeral of her ex-husband, a famous pianist who has died of a massive heart attack. This deeply moving novel is the unspoken answer to Nora's self-questioning. "The heart has reasons that reason knows nothing of," Pascal said, and this aphorism of knowing and not knowing is at the core of the novel. Employing motifs of "the heart," modes of music from the tango to Bach, and allusions to poetry, the text is a rich amalgam that reveals a life lived deep within the culture of the late twentieth century.

Like her ex-husband, Nora is a musician, a cellist, and so it is fitting that her novel takes the form of a canon and fugue: phrases circle and repeat, variations are introduced, motifs come and go and intermingle, reflecting a paralysis of the grieving.

The novel moves inexorably toward the burial and the revelation of Nora's complex, emotional reaction to Juan's death. Throughout the novel, Nora is moving in the "wake" of that death, being pulled along by the ceremonies of the funeral, the mass, the burial-and her grief and rage, suppressed, never spoken of, is made palpable to the reader through the indirection of memories. For her rich, nuanced evocation of states of mind and emotion, Margo Glantz can stand proudly alongside such modern masters as Virginia Woolf and William Gass.

One of the most prolific and respected authors of Mexico, Margo Glantz is not only a distinguished award-winning novelist, but also renowned as a lecturer, critic, journalist, and translator. She teaches literature at the National University of Mexico and has been a resident writer and scholar at various universities in the United States, including Yale, Harvard, and Princeton universities.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Curbstone Press
ISBN  1931896232  
ISBN13  9781931896238  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hurley is Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, where he also teaches in the Translation Program.

Andrew Hurley was born in 1961.

Andrew Hurley has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Penguin Classics

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'Inventive, cerebral book': 'faultlessly lyrical translation'  Dec 27, 2005
It's so difficult to describe what Glantz manages to do in this book, that my heading borrows two key phrases from the editorial reviews. I see from the number of used copies available at the time of writing that a number of readers might not have enjoyed the challenge it presents, and I, who normally have short patience, could understand this: but it's WORTH the occasional cerebral travail! And, reading a translation by Andrew Hurley is like receiving a wondrous gift -- I've recently read another of his, The Queen of the South by Arturo Perez-Reverte which is quite a different sort of novel, and can think of no better way to really experience the verve of the original language, nor the subtleties of Ibero-american cultures, than to seek out works that he's so deftly and generously presented to readers of English.

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