Palinuro de México has ratings and 50 reviews. Megha said: and I vowed that the book which I would write someday would be as sickly, fragile and. Palinuro of Mexico. Latin American Literature Series. Fernando del Paso. Translated by Elisabeth Plaister. Winner of Mexico’s Premio Novela. ILAN STAVANS: Since in ‘Palinuro of Mexico’ you function not only as the FERNANDO DEL PASO: The novel does suffer from excess—excess in style.

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I think I’ll pocket another quote –this one deftly cited by Megha: Gracias, Fernando del Paso, vive por siempre, es todo lo que te pido. Suddenly I had a new character, named Palinuro, a medical student killed inand I wanted to make use of him. Our only reservations go to some of the presentation: One of its leitmotifs is the student massacre, in Octoberat Tlatelolco Square. Thanks to the money I got from the foundation the book began to take shape.


These mannerisms, without ever losing their appeal, often become problematic: Our body is a microcosm and is the only thing we truly own in life: The book was first published in Spain in and in Mexico inand first appeared in English under the English Quartet imprint. Este libro es un viaje de placer infinito. Five stars for the General’s one hundred eyes. No trivia or quizzes yet. It comes as a natural result, needless to say, of decades in Europe.

Juan Jose Arreola brought it out in his series El Unicornio. The inbreeding was so widespread in his case that all of his eight great-grandparents were descendants of Joanna and Philip I of Castile.


I keep seeing Rabelais’s name in reference to some of the books I have been reading. It is, as the quote from La Croix on the back of my edition says a “loose and baggy monster” and, if you are the kind of reader who reads that as a positive description of a novel, then this is most definitely for you.

Before leaving Mexico for England, I had some two thousand volumes of my own, which I had to store for more than two decades.

What about your personal relationship with books? Palinuro of Mexico by Fernando del Paso. The meaningless death of Palinuro, in the struggle for a dream that was not to be, and deprecated by those around him, is a very gory and therefore appropiate image for the death of youth dreams. Otro libro que me deja abrumado, sin palabras, completamente enamorado y feliz.

Ostensibly, it is all these things, and a million more you can think up if you do the decent thing and read this exasperating Mexican supernova tomorrow. We have not read the original Spanish, but we also praise Elisabeth Plaister for a translation that reads extremely well. Only flag comments that clearly need our attention. Just offstage is the Tlatelolco massacre. It has the charm of fairy tales and prince ss stories without being one such story itself.

Flaubert read the A surrealistic maelstrom in PoMo: Feb 22, Guille rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lists with This Book. This book is for you! Of course all this has come to be known as the trade mark of Cuban writers.

Palinuro de México

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V Creo que tengo un problema semejante al que tuve con Rayuela. His grammar, the way in which he fernndo adjectives and adverbs, is outlandish, bizarre. There’s my disclaimer as faux review. I left Mexico in my mid-twenties, and almost ferbando away established a double loyalty with English.

Most women who read the romantic paean to Estefania that makes up all of Chapter 4 will probably yearn for such treatment for themselves. This was over the top excellent – it mixes tall tale with myth with history with offbeat yet deep pieces of trivia; all of this collages together into a dense encyclopedic feat of literature.

I can see why instantly, as in the first 20 pages this already goes looping and dipping through such a range of experience, history, and medical anecdote. Then there’s a compendium of jokes regarding flatulence. Not a review, simply wonderin why the fuck nobody has read this? View all 5 comments.

The same can be said of my only other two novels: Old books of course smell better. The Justo Sierra Milieu attracted me enormously, and I regretted abandoning it for a sterile atmosphere like the Ciudad Universitaria campus.

For Del Paso, the rhetoricizing of experience is everything. I witnessed the student uprising, but was never de participant. And also on her shoulders, those shoulders like blue dunes, caressed by scorching Levantine winds, and from which grew, like scattered vegetation from desert sand, single golden hairs tasting of apricot. Palinuro is a medical student, or wants to be, anyhow.