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In the middle of the beginning paragraph, I started to wonder whether it was the translation that was The problem for Latin American language authors is that people have a tendency to compare to some pretty heavy hitters, like Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, or Luis Borges. But to represent this imagined “Neruda” as “a glimpse into the life of” the real Pablo Neruda is completely disrespectful and feels to me like a misrepresentation of reality, at best.
There are many references, some sly or humorous, to Golden Age detectives, art, writers, TV and radio programs and other cultural markers of the early seventies.
El caso Neruda
As they talk, Neruda provides him with a challenge — to find a man he has n Literary tourism? I doubt I would have kept going through the rough parts if it weren’t for those narratives written in Neruda’s voice.
I’ve read so many mediocre novels lately, that this was a breath of fresh air. This translation of a work published in gives us an intimate, if fictional, portrait of Pablo Neruda. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pablo Neruda has three houses, the most famous of which is La Sebastiana and his poetry dots the literary landscape here giving a unique view of the man sitting in the armchair he names La Nube.
How often do you find a novel that rolls through all these geographic locations? On the other hand, his politically aware and active wife is a real go-getter, realizing that the Allende government in Chile is in grave danger and trying to do her part which eventually also takes her to Castro’s Cuba. I loved seeing Chile, Mexico, and Cuba through the eyes of the characters.
In fact, Ampuero’s brief epilogue alludes to his own mysterious inside knowledge; pretty fantastic for a neighbor-boy who actually admits that he never even spoke to Neruda!
I used the word “sly” midway in my status updates, but it is also nostalgic, and audacious, taking the poet and looking at his life through the women he loved or betrayed, real and fictional, and looking at the period through which he lived, the politics and posturings, the succession of disguises people don We had tried to restore the socialism, but now there was a dictatorship and what the people most criticized was that the dictator declared everyone against him an enemy of the state, and therefore you have to incarcerate them, shoot them, or expel them out of the country.
Much like an Alan Furst mystery, here I think most recently about Spies of the Balkans, the city becomes a defining characteristic setting a tone and venue; for Furst it was Salonika, for Ampuero it is Valparaiso.
This is a country going through some troubling times.
Yet I enjoyed this book. Galileo was his hero.
The Neruda Case – India. Ampuero wanted to show the man as he was, not just as he is imagined to be. Ampuero wanted to show Neruda as he was—a complicated man of great contradictions. Between and he worked in real estate.
My interest in this novel is the South Ampueto of it: Ampuero is an internationally acclaimed and translated writer and his Maigret wannabe detective, Cayetano Brule, has been entertaining readers for years.
Bookish musings If you are interested in the poet Neruda and want to learn a little about Chilean history, this is a fine way to do it. With such a thrilling backdrop, the story of Neruda and his mystery search shows a side to Chile never seen before and a poet and his life which takes centre stage.
Although the main character spends a lot of time and energy traveling around and pursuing answers on Neruda’s behalf, the book turns out to be an homage of sorts to the Nobel-winning poet rather than your standard detective novel. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.
Neruda tells Cayetano not to say a word to anyone while handing him a fistful of Georges Simenon Inspector Maigret mysteries with neruds suggestion to learn how a Detective goes about his business. However, this marriage only lasted until Neruda-friend Allende also pays a visit to the poet in the course of the story. Though it’s a quick read, I found it pretty boring.
The historical aspect was especially interesting to me, since I don’t know much about Chilean history. Brule was prone to falling into spurious and unmotivated flirtations and romantic relationships–speaking of sexist.
I hope the rest of Ampurero’s novels are translated into English soon. But overall it’s a fun, meaty read. I akpuero glad I read it, but there was nothing exceptional about the story or the writing.
Roberto Ampuero – Wikipedia
The Italian orphan had devoted himself to science, and to emulating his teacher, with the same passion that he, Cayetano, the detective created by Neruda, now poured into his work, and he had to admit that this amupero him with pride and unexpected energy.
Thanks to a contact in the Eastern German Embassy, he ampuerl Chile in after receiving a scholarship for journalism in the University of Karl Marx in Leipzig. But alas, this is not a spy filled espionage tale like Ampuedo but more ampyero a slow moving curio about the great poet Pablo Nerudahis failed character and the trail of slights and abuses he left behind in his past.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The search turns from a man to a woman and child. Cayetano is an interesting soul, fully familiar with the literary giants of South America: At a dinner party one evening he comes across the poet Pablo Neruda who won the Nobel Prize for Literature injust two years previously.
This novel is the first in a series of detective novels. Ampuero apparently now works out of the University of Iowa, where he attended the Iowa Workshop. Time is running out — and Neruda, plagued by his memories of all the women he’s betrayed in the name of poetry, wants to know for sure before the end comes.
What a ampuerl caper of a novel. Occasionally Ampuero speaks of bolero and carimba, but as now when we read of detectives apmuero in Europe or Africa, oftentimes they are listening to something America or Europe has produced.