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« Reply #1170 on: May 21, 2008, 11:58:44 AM »

MYRIAM,i have done some searching on Carlos Fuentes "Terra Nostra" and I think there might be more answers to my historical quest in that novel that in the biographies I have been reading.

The book is out of print in Argentina so I am having it brought from USA and I will probably have to read it in English  Shocked .Well ,this is part of my "southamerican destiny".

Anyhow I will keep googling for TN and paste whatever I find interesting.For example this paragraph which was the first that caught my attention on the very first thing that appeared in the web:

  "Terra Nostra (1975) is Fuentes's major novel on Spanish and Latin American history. It moves freely in time from ancient Rome to the apocalyptic end of the 20th century. "Time is the subject matter of all my fiction", Fuentes has once said. One of the main settings is the 16th century Spain, where Philip II constructs the monastery-palace of El Escorial"
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« Reply #1171 on: May 21, 2008, 12:30:36 PM »

Martin,
Terra Nostra is a great book and we can discuss it for a period of 6 months...
I vote for it.
It is a very long book (more than 900 pages)
I bought a used book in a very good condition in
www.bookfinder.com
I am quite sure you can find the book in Spanish in this site

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« Reply #1172 on: May 21, 2008, 01:25:06 PM »

O.K. Myriam I´ll try that one too.

Here is for those of ou who can understand spanish what Carlos Fuentes had to say about Chavez:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9ZYkW74Afs&NR=1

Now I want to read his work even more.
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« Reply #1173 on: May 25, 2008, 01:01:34 AM »

(we are currently in transition again away from this equatorial country and back to home base, where I will find my library of LAL titles waiting for me...our public library has copies of TN in both English and Spanish though I don't expect to catch up with you anytime soon, so I'll keep lurking here to read your enlightening comments, as usual)

In the meantime I picked up an excellent short story/fable written by the enigmatic B. Traven entitled "Macario" and finished it quickly...my edition even has some discussion questions at the end so that I can ponder the details...this is a title that was made into a movie I hear, neither of which I read/saw during my school days, and I am pleased that a copy found its way to me, finally.  I will be reading more by this author when I get the chance!
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« Reply #1174 on: May 26, 2008, 08:08:35 AM »

Lal friends,
What is going on here?
What is more Latin American than Bolano?
And Night in Chile is a masterpiece...
Shall I put it back to the public library?
To tell the truth, I thank those who reveal the name of Bolano and now I read one of the most beautiful novels I've ever read, by a Catalan woman
Mercé Rodoreda 'La plaça del diamant'
here is a link

http://www.lletra.net/noms/mrodoreda/index.html

I hope we'll continue a discussion...any discussion
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« Reply #1175 on: May 28, 2008, 04:15:52 PM »

Myriam, not even in this library:

http://ohbuenosaires.com/blog/159.htm


the most beautiful library in the world can I get Bolaño.

By mid June I´ll have Terra Nostra ,in English!!! Shocked

I don´t know what is wrong with Spanish editions ,hundreds of millions in the  world speak Spanish and yet so little is edited besides best-sellers.   
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« Reply #1176 on: May 29, 2008, 01:56:10 AM »

Martin,
Really interesting what you say about the original Terra Nostra out of print in Spanish.
I'll wait for you to start reafing the book.

The library in Buenos Aires is where Borges worked?
I plan a trip to Argentina with my husband, It is about time for him to go back to his childhood places and for me to see the beauty of Argentina.
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« Reply #1177 on: May 29, 2008, 12:35:39 PM »

Myriam, that is a private library that was built where a former theater and cinema stoo.The Splendid cinema. Borges worked at the B.A. public library.

When you come to B.A. the Fiery Pen and me will be very pleased to meet you and your husband. I hope you won´t be dissapointed thinking all the time I was Sandro de America.
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« Reply #1178 on: May 30, 2008, 02:53:37 AM »

Hye Martin,
Thank you.
Of course I'll let you know when the time will come for this trip.
Is January- Februray the best time for Argentina?

Libraries are my favourite place when I come to a new town, even small ones.
In New York I was deeply impressed by the public library...all the rest, I prefer to be in Tokyo - cleaner and much more interesting for me.
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« Reply #1179 on: May 30, 2008, 03:00:45 AM »

Martin,
Well, I looked for Sandro de America...He is so handsome!!!and a very good singer.
He looks like Elvis Presley latino americano.
When I was teenager Cliff Richard came to my country to give a show. We all screamed like it is written in the "books"...knew all the words of the songs etc. etc.
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« Reply #1180 on: May 30, 2008, 08:03:19 AM »

When I was teenager Cliff Richard came to my country to give a show. We all screamed like it is written in the "books"...knew all the words of the songs etc. etc.

Tut, tut Mringel - that's unforgiveable   Smiley

Glad you enjoyed By Night in Chile - I've been a bit bust recently but if you've got anything to post on it go ahead - I read it a while ago...

I'm reading The Gift by Nabokov at the moment.

Had a look for the Fuentes book but struggling to get a copy.
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« Reply #1181 on: May 30, 2008, 03:00:27 PM »

MYRIAM,

Here is the great Sandro de America:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1kYzGKN2v8

He is singing "Rosa Rosa" like many philosophers-writers have said "What´s in a rose?"

So this is your Cliff Richards?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px7ilisAGj0&feature=related

not half as sexy.
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« Reply #1182 on: June 01, 2008, 10:08:06 AM »

Martin;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1kYzGKN2v8

...and the girls at the barrios or the slums dreamt of Sandro taking them to those landscapes and after singing Rosa to them, he would make love among the beauties of nature, far away from the realities of 1970's cold winter nights endured in a weatherboard room among the thousands other rooms in the slum.

From were we stand today , Sandro runing over the hills and singing incongruous in the middle of nowhere may look ridiculous, but witha bit of generosity and hindsight, everithing makes perfect sence:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1kYzGKN2v8




...didn't it to Youse, after my explanation?....
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« Reply #1183 on: June 01, 2008, 11:53:05 AM »

Martin,
I agree!!
Not half sexy as Sandro de America.
No one will dare to compare a latin man with a European....

A friend of mine just came from Lisbon and he said: I just arrived from magic Lisbon...
Boca, you have to go to Lisboa.
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« Reply #1184 on: June 01, 2008, 11:55:33 AM »

Beppo,
Try in used bookshops for Terra nostra.
I wrote notes while reading The Night in Chile
I have to arrange it into a logical passage. If you'll react to what I'll write it will be nice.
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