El caso Neruda has ratings and reviews. More lists with this book. .. Cayetano Brulé, Roberto Ampuero’nun romanda Pablo Neruda tarafından ünlü. : El caso Neruda (Spanish Edition) () by Roberto Ampuero and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books. Roberto Ampuero is a Chilean author, columnist, and a university professor. His first novel . In an interview in Ampuero says “the book continues to have new editions circulating the black market in Cuba, and in they “Greek Passions”; El caso Neruda, Norma-La Otra Orilla, pages, “The Neruda case”.

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View all 14 comments. At a dinner party one evening he comes across the poet Pablo Neruda who won the Nobel Prize for Literature injust two years previously. Ampuero’s highly personal afterword contextualizes his youth in Valparaiso, Chile in the s and early s – an essay alone worth the price of the book. To ask other readers questions about El rboerto Nerudaplease sign up.

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Yay, it is here in my heruda little hands, waiting to be read. He saw them studying revolutionary texts by morning, singing battle hymns and organizing forums in the afternoons, and forging secret alliances over long nights of beer and dialogue, during which they fell in love with German nfruda and fornicated with them in the forest. Chile right before Allende falls. Neruda died in his house in Isla Negra on 23 September six and a half hours amppuero that injection. I received this advance copy as a winner in a Goodreads First Reads drawing.

Assumed office March 11, Further, Ampuero’s extremely arrogant approach to Neruda’s “life” also gives him license to present his own highly prejudiced, but fictional, versions of Neruda’s first-person-voice reflections on the nature of his relationship with each of his wives, set aside from the main story in special wholly italicized chapters, as though Neruda himself had written them.

A detective hired by Pablo Neruda, who encourages libor to read Maigret novels for his training set against a backdrop of political upheaval in Chile on the eve of Pinochet’s rise to power, intrigue, communists and more.

Likewise, as an outsider’s view, Ampuero’s novel doesn’t offer much insight or other valued context about this nruda period of Chilean history. This local color might be a turn-off neurda some American readers. Who Killed Christian Kustermann? The book contains so much local color of the times, in Chile, Mexico, Cuba, and East Germany places where the author had lived as a young man that I was deeply grateful for the existence of the Internet to clarify names of persons, food and drink, and places.

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Preview — El caso Neruda by Roberto Ampuero. While I was drawn to the literary aspect, the novel itself was a fast-paced interview-laced investigation a la Simenon and Columbo.

Additionally, the present-day scene at the beginning felt forced and the time shift to the past was jarring. If you can buy into the original premise that a Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda would hire a young man with no experience other than from his reading of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret novels, you will be carried along. Reporting to Neruda, Cayetano is dispatched to Havana, where he was born but had left as a small child.

El caso Neruda by Roberto Ampuero

After living 17 years in Valparaiso, Ampuero moved in to the capital of the country, Santiago, to matriculate into the University of Chile. The case takes him from socialist Chile under President Salvador Allende, to various other countries experiencing the Cold War, and back to Chile for the fateful events of September Oct 17, Laura Di Santo rated it really liked it Shelves: I came from a country where it was a tradition to have dialogue, to have liberty.

Though it’s a quick read, I found it pretty boring. While I get that you have some liberal misgivings about the methods of your fascist predecessors, it’s also understandable that you wish to rationalize our successful and democratically-elected socialist government in Chile and other similar revolutions around the world through the eyes of the current ruling liberal elites–the main beneficiaries of that fascist coup: But the greatest contradiction of the night that stuck in my mind was the head of the Spanish Department, an ultra-conservative admirer of Generalisimo Francisco Franco, embracing and kissing Neruda, an compromising and committed Stalinist Communist.

The thrill of the hunt.

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Ampuero now resides in Iowa where he is a professor at the University of Iowa in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Looking for work, he is intrigued when Neruda asks him to search out a Cuban, Dr. After a trip to Mexico city that produces more questions than answers, Neruda explains the real reason behind his search: 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 t Yay, it is here in my hot little hands, waiting to be read.


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I liked it a great deal. It is within this context that the tale unfolds. How often do you find a novel that rolls through all these geographic locations? The main action takes place in against the chaotic and real events surrounding the fall of Allende and rise of Pinochet in Chile.

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. The occasionally beautiful narration, the fact that I love the setting, and my love of Neruda’s poetry kept me reading as long as I did.

That is patently unfair of course, but people will carry with them these expectations into the book. His peace is shattered when another man walks into the room and they begin talking. From the last days of the Allende government to the Pinochet takeover, this mystery covers a lot of historic ground as well as tidbits into the heart and soul of Neruda and his love for country.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Una duda profunda que lo atormenta cuando percibe el final de su existencia. Ceytano, our hero and inexperienced private detective, netuda hired by the dying Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda to solve a mystery. A photograph reveals the truth that Neruda most likely did father a daughter. I’m not sure if I’ve ampuerk it before but back in college, I had a focus in Latin American politics so that area of the world is absolutely fascinating to me.