Simón Cardoso had been dead for thirty years when Emilia Dupuy, his wife, found him at lunchtime in the dining room of Trudy Tuesday. So begins Purgatory, the final and perhaps most personal work of the great Latin American novelist Tomás Eloy Martínez. Emilia Dupuy's husband vanished in the 1970s, while the two were mapping an Argentine country road. All evidence seemed t...more
Emilia has spent the last 30 years of her life looking for her husband, Simón, who had disappeared while on a trip to map obscure Argentinean country. When she finds him, he is exactly the same as the day he vanished, yet she is changed - older, more worn - and she questions if he would still love her, and if she's in her right mind.
Do not be fooled - this isn't your paranormal ghost story. The gh ...more
Translation by Frank Wynne
Bloomsbury USA, 273 pgs
Everyone in this novel is loco, at least one taco short of a combo plate. Personally, I have a soft spot for Latino cultures, our neighbors to the south, and Mexico is breaking my heart. I would rather vacation in Peru than in Germany so please don't think I'm prejudiced. Still and all, everyone in this book is insane: the general, the doctor, the mapmaker, the mother, the wife and etc.
Emilia Dupuy's ...more
A beautiful read and thoroughly recommended, this was heading for a four star review (or maybe even five), but sadly about 80% of the way through it seems to lose impetus, peter along and then not end (it was the writer's last book, maybe that had something to do with it).
I recevied my copy 12/31/11 and hope to start soon. I have 7 plus my current read in front. 01/03/12
Just started today 01/21/12.
Finished last night. 01/27/12
Simon has been dead for 30 years when his wife Emilia sees him in a cafe. She has aged normally but he has remained the same. This is the start of a book that jumps back 30+ years ago and is set in present day. It is the story of Emilia and her life in Argentina and the adventures ...more
She spent 30 years ...more
The story kept going back and forth in time, and occasionally had me really confused because I ...more
This (although it took me approximately forever between receiving my copy and actually finishing the book) is done right, I think. It's a convolut ...more
A perspective about the psychological damage that resulted from the dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983). This work shares the experience of those that were left behind, society's acceptance/denial of the situation, and the sickening manipulation techniques used by the military group to keep the nation numb with fear. Emilia's sense of reality and life is blurred after Simon is disappeared during a trip only a few days af ...more
Set in Argentina in the 1970's when the 'dirty war' was disposing of thousands of 'subversives' by arresting, torturing and executing them. Emilia and Simon, both Cartographers, are married and days later Simon disappears. Emilia is unable to accept the rumours that he has been killed and spends the next thirty year ...more
A partir de ese enigma, Purgatorio enlaza la ansiedad del amor perdido y recuperado con una reconstrucción magistral de la irrealidad siniestra creada por el régimen. Tomás Eloy Ma ...more
I love how the writing style lured me to focus back and forth in different point of views to complete the puzzling questions: Where is Simon? What happened to him?
I think a lot about death and disappearance of loved ones while reading this book. Trapped in Ame ...more
This is the second of Martinez's books that I've read, having previously read Santa Evita in Spanish. This one somehow felt strongly reminiscent of another book, though, and I'm not sure which one, maybe Bolano's Savage Detectives, as the author is a character in what is nonetheless fiction. I'm having a hard time writing this review because I think the book left me somewhat unsettled. It didn't provide any real answers about what h ...more