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De sobremesa (Letras Latino Americanas) (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]

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Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1997
Publisher   Panamericana Editorial
ISBN  9583004189  
ISBN13  9789583004186  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jose Asuncion Silva (1865-1896). Colombia. A excepcion de algunas breves temporadas en el extranjero -en Paris, Suiza y Londres; y en Venezuela, como secretario de la Legislacion de Colombia-, Silva vivio en el ambiente cerrado y nada estimulante del Bogota del siglo xix. Fue un hombre inconforme y desajustado, y su existencia estuvo marcada por el fracaso y las frustraciones: continuas ruinas en sus empenos comerciales, intentando preservar los negocios de su familia; la muerte de su hermana Elvira (a quien dedica su Nocturno), el naufragio de un barco en el que perdio segun sus propias palabras: lo mejor de mi obra; la hostilidad de una sociedad estrecha (lo apodaban Jose Presuncion) que lo obligo a no mostrar su vocacion literaria. La primera edicion de su obra poetica, muy adulterada, aparecio en Barcelona en 1908, tras su suicidio (con un prologo vehemente de Miguel de Unamuno). Su poesia contiene tres referencias privilegiadas: El libro de versos, que el mismo ordeno y titulo; Gotas amargas, que quiso mantener inedito; y Versos varios, compendio del resto de su obra. Najera no parece atraido por el parnasianismo y aun menos por el preciosismo propio de los inicios de la decada del 1890 (vease su satira Sinfonia de color de fresa en leche). Influido por Poe, Becquer, y el Marti de Ismaelillo, Silva es considerado un poeta simbolista.

Jose Asuncion Silva was born in 1865 and died in 1896.

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De Sobremesa as a fin de siecle LA novel  Mar 1, 2001
Published postumously, De sobremesa is one of the greatest examples of Latin American Modernist Literature to come out of the end of the 19th century. Filled with abundant references to art, philosophy, and a variety of great thinkers of the age, this novel reveals to the reader the concerns of those troubled souls who attmepted to deal with their crisis of faith through writing. The protagonist, Jose Fernandez de Sotomayor y Andrade reads a journal he had written sometime before while in Paris to a circle of intimate friends. In a series of excerpts from the journal, the story takes shape as Jose delves into the modernist aesthetic values of his time. Through several sexual encouters, drug use, and all round abuse of the senses, Jose arrives at a total ennui, ultimately feeling physically the frustration of his soul. After consulting a couple of doctors, and atttempting to travel to forget his problems, Jose finally finds salvation in a young woman whom he chances upon. Later, he finds that this young lady is almost identical to that of a Fr. Angelico, preraphaelite painting. The remainder of the novel is Jose's search for his own salvation in the semi mythical person of Scilly Dancourt's daughter. What makes this novel stand out is the shear volume of references and complex emotions that are presented within its pages. De Sobremesa reveals the very soul of its author. It offers us as readers a chance to experience the discourse of art taken to its greatest extreme while the main character rejects religion, science, and philosophy to find his way to some artistic haven. The details of the setting, combined with a powerful plot and a passionate protagonist make this a must read for anyone interested in the period.

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