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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This is one of those sure-fire books that get all the modern literature majors excited at their po-mo, creme-limned Starbucks orgies. Carlos II was thus: Unfortunately, the trick of del Paso’s narrative style quickly devolves into little more than infinitely uninteresting lists of things, litanies of things, and even less plot than the first, good bits. Jul 12, Cristina rated it it was amazing.

There’s my disclaimer as faux review. Probably not “great” if you aren’t mexican. It seems like there are only a handful of other works by him, but I basically wish I read Spanish so I could seek them out. I’m in the middle of this just now: It’s a token of respect to the marvels of medical science seen over the centuries and a romanticized view of the human anatomy. Mdxico is a spontaneous drive in me.

A Conversation with Fernando del Paso By Ilan Stavans | Dalkey Archive Press

It allowed me to return to the study of Mexican pictorial art, music, and dance, and to help disseminate them. 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.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Thanks to the money I got from the foundation the book began to take shape. Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Palinuro of Mexico. This, I guess, comes back to one of your earlier questions: For some I made many version—twenty to thirty—and others just came out finished. Our architecture is equally baroque: In Palinuro of Mexico Del Paso has created a magical, surreal, artificial and dreamlike narrative.

His grammar, the way in which he uses adjectives and adverbs, is outlandish, bizarre. But again, Mexican writers are somehow allergic to excess. Open Preview See a Problem? Ostensibly, this is that all-too-rare bird—a freewheeling uninhibited masterwork in pursuance of pure readerly pleasure, of that Gassian wonder of the word.

Reading Palinuro of Mexico makes for a rather demanding relationship.

Yes, five stars all around for this one. The only content we will consider removing is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content eg. May 09, Luis rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page.

He gets a literary laundering of his body, which, “when all is said and done.

A surrealistic maelstrom in PoMo: For Del Paso, the rhetoricizing of experience is everything. Then there’s a compendium of jokes regarding flatulence. Feb 20, J. Minus one star for wasting a perfect opportunity to write some good stuff on medical school, doctors, students and patients.

It’s excessive and overwhelming, it’s epic and sprawling, it’s many things all at once. Paperbackpages. Fernando del Paso es un cuentista y novelista mexicano. The novel had begun as a re creation of my adolescent years, particularly of my high school years in Justo Sierra Street. I ask because your Spanish seems to me bookish, foreign, its syntax alien, or at least peculiar, to native speakers. Rabelaisian, mxico, it reminded me too dr times — in particular towards the end of Coover’s Public Burning.


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Palinuro de México

Five stars for Estefania’s blue eyes. Del Paso sings the body biologic. I was active during the Bay of Pigs protests, against the United States. Taking into account all that is wonderful and all that is potentially palinnuro about Palinuro of Mexicomy rating averages to all of those five stars.

Refresh and try again. In Iowa City and London. Let it into your bloodstream and when it hits your head, you will know. Then, Editorial Novaro established this very important prize, which was given first to the Mexican playwright and novelist Jorge Ibarguengoitia, second to the Spanish writer Juan Marse, and in its third year to me.


Spanish is my mother tongue—my only language. This book is like a house of mirrors.

But, for each of those moments, the Del Paso voiced ffrnando on my shoulder made me fall in love with it all over again. It’s a solid testament to the richness and power of imagination and the ability of fiction to stretch the reality to that which lies beyond the physical world and the conscious mind.