Item description for Coronacion (Spanish Edition) by Jose Donoso...
Grotesque yet realistic at the same time, this first novel from the most famous Chilean narrator from the end of the last century, exposes the themes that will mark his future works: deterioration of society, identity questions, transgression and madness... Now, forty years after its original publication this novel has already become a classic in Latin American literature. Description in Spanish: Andrs, solitario y cincuentn, es el desconcertado testigo de los ltimos das de una abuela nonagenaria que se debate entre la niebla y los relmpagos de la demencia. Esperpntica a la vez que realista, la primera novela del ms clebre narrador chileno de este fin de siglo prefigura los temas que marcarn su obra: decadencia, identidad, trasgresin y locura...
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Studio: Punto de Lectura, Suma de letras
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 4.5" Height: 7" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher Punto de Lectura, Suma de letras
ISBN 9562392104 ISBN13 9789562392105
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More About Jose Donoso
Jose Donoso was a Chilean writer. While he lived most of his life in Chile, he also spent many years in self-imposed exile in Mexico, the United States (Iowa), and Spain. After 1973 he claimed his exile was also a form of protest against the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. He returned to Chile in 1981 and lived there until his death.
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A classic of the Latin American literature. May 23, 2009
Andrés, a loner and fifty years old, is the sole witness of the last days of his grandmother--a 90 plus woman. His grandmother is between the fog and lightning of senility. She is demanding and realistic.
The first novel of the best known Chilean writer of the twentieth century constructs a plot that will cover the following themes: decadence, identity, transgressions, and madness...
In this novel, the reader will wake up to a reality where the principal players share their naked memories and their histories of decadent Santiago families, hiding in their old mansions, and feeding their most dark obsessions.
A classic of the Latin American literature.
Decadence, madness and hope Sep 23, 2003
This novel tells the story of the decadence of an ancient and wealthy family from Santiago (Chile's capital) in middle XX century. The author contrasts this story with the one about Estela and Mario, the former being one of the maids of the manor. It is the contrast between the decadent life of the rich and the sordid affairs of the very poor. It is a cruel and bitter reflection on life and what can happen after death; about lucidity and madness; about the impossibility of happiness whether one is rich or poor. The main character is Elisita Grey de Abalos, the matron of the family, now old and suffering from something like Alzheimer. In spite of her illness, Elisita turns out to be the most lucid and clear-minded of the whole set, being able to perceive the innermost emotions and intentions of those around her, even more clearly than they themselves. Her middle-aged and bachelor nephew, Andres, discovers too late that his pretended indifference about life and passions has not cured him from the lust for life. His brother in law, Carlos Gros, has enjoyed life's passions and pleasures but in the way he has lost what he treasured most. On the other side there is the story of the maid Estela and her impoverished lover, Mario. Estela is one of the millions of poor women who fall for false promises and sees her trust and love betrayed. Mario is poor and ignorant, but at some point he will be near success. However gloomy this sounds, ther is hope in the end: madness as a remedy against desire and rejection.
I know this doesn't sound very engaging, but I assure you it is a very readable novel with substance to it, it is a clever depiction of very human developments and it is well written.