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El Tunel [Paperback]

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El Tunel by Ernesto Sabato

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Pages   165
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Catedra
ISBN  8437600898  
ISBN13  9788437600895  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ernesto Sabato uno de los intelectuales mAs destacados de

Ernesto Sabato uno de los intelectuales mAs destacados de la Argentina, ha escrito varios libros de ensayo y tres nov la Argentina, ha escrito varios libros de ensayo y tres novelas: "El tUnel", "Sobre hEroes y tumbas" y "AbbadOn el exteelas: "El tUnel", "Sobre hEroes y tumbas" y "AbbadOn el exterminador". Esta Ultima fue premiada en ParIs como la mejor nrminador". Esta Ultima fue premiada en ParIs como la mejor novela extranjera publicada en Francia en 1976. Su obra ha obovela extranjera publicada en Francia en 1976. Su obra ha obtenido el Premio Cervantes, el Premio MenEndez Pelayo y el Ptenido el Premio Cervantes, el Premio MenEndez Pelayo y el Premio JerusalEn. Actualmente vive en Argentina. remio JerusalEn. Actualmente vive en Argentina.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > English
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Literary
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Latin American
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Spanish
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My tunnel dark and lonely  Jan 17, 2006
As a resident in Argentina, I have learned that the Argentine dream comes true for someone who lives a good life in or around Buenos Aires, drives a European car, speaks English, travels to Europe and/or to the United States, and works for an international company. Hence Argentina, a nation built on immigrants and with a strong culture, has never developed a strong national identity. A friend of mine, studying here for her doctorate in counseling, commented recently that her time is spent studying French theories.
France is what I had in mind as I read Ernesto Sábato's El túnel (The Tunnel), which describes the descent and fall of Juan Pablo Castel, a noted Argentine painter who becomes addicted to María Iribarne, the only person he feels understands what his work really means. Castel does not love, can not love, will not love, and only briefly, at times, rises above his own demons to experience lucidity and the fresh air of common sense. His soul cannot be touched, and his dark world of pain is like a dark tunnel without end. María, a married woman touched to her core by one of his paintings, forgoes her vows to be with and comfort a man incapable of receiving it, thus losing out on the comfort she hopes to receive from him.
The book, written in 1948, impactingly expresses the existentialism and nihilism that came for fore (and in the case of nihilism returned to the fore) after World War II. The chief proponent of this existentialism was the French philosopher Sartre, and one character in The Tunnel is found reading a Sartre book. This is not to suggest that Sábato is merely rehashing the work of another. On the contrary his work plumbs the depths of these two schools of thought: he existentially looks for meaning as life does not inherently possess it, and in his case meaning can not be found, only nihilistic darkness. He ably expresses the inability of Castel to find joy, even when it is there for the taking. Even when Castel seems to break through to what might be called a more sound reasoning, the reader has doubts that it will endure. Sábato takes these schools of thought and gives them a novelistic passion, making this a classic of modern Latin literature. And, like other Argentine writes such as Manuel Puig and Julio Cortázar, he makes use of the geography of Buenos Aires, showing how the city has had its effect on contemporary literature.
Castel, due to his own worldview, never leaves his tunnel and suffers for it. The reader can leave it, but only after Sábato adroitly narrates why Juan Pablo Castel has done what he has done.
A very intriguing novel  May 22, 2005
First of all this was the first novel I have read by Ernesto Sabato and it has left me with a great impression of his writing style. It is very intriguing from the get go as one learns the outcome of the novel first and then the story develops afterwards. The protagonist Juan is a reclusive painter striving for acknowledgement. Maria becomes an obsession since she is the only one who can understand his work. His passion, obsession and desesperation leads him to kill Maria and gives the readers insight to his "tunel" (his torchered inner soul).

The only other novel that I read along these lines in terms of uniqueness of plot and intrigue was L'entranger by Albert Camus. Definitely they are both one of kind novels. A recommended read.
Watch this cult novel !  Nov 6, 2004
In every case there was a dark asnd loney tunnel : mine!
That is the initial premise who will open you the gate to get in in the complex world of Martell and Maria . The deeep influence this book has had since its first release has reached to Milan Kundera .
The complex and dramatic circumstances which involves the disturbed and introspective character of Martell is written with in a perfect style and it has not any to envy to the best works of Edgar Allan Poe or Guy de Maupassant .
Ernesto Sabato , Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar conform the gloriuous trilogy of Argentine writers in the XX Century.
One of a kind  Apr 13, 2003
This is the only piece of fiction I have read that has grabbed me to the point that 'I could not put it down'. Juan Pablo Castel is obviously insane ---- but then why do I keep reading his confession? This is 115 pages and it just does not stop. Don't bother trying to categorize this work. It is one of a kind.
A must-read book!!  Feb 20, 2002
It is amazing how the aothor make you keep on reading inspit of telling you the end of the book in the first line. You have to read it!!

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