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El hombre que amaba a los perros

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  628 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A journalist and assistant in a veterinary clinic, flashes back towards an episode in his life when he met a man who used to walk by the beach with two Russian dogs. After several meetings, the man said Jaime Lopez was his name, and began to tell him his confidences focusing on the figure of Trotsky's murderer, Ramon Mercader, of whom he claims have been friends.
Paperback, 765 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by TusQuets (first published 2009)
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Francisco Viliesid
Si hubiera más estrellas para calificar esta novela, las llevaría todas. Magníficamente escrita, muy bien documentada para la parte histórica y llena de compasión, en el sentido de ponerse en el lugar de sus personajes -en todos. El tema principal, la pena por la destrucción de la mas grande utopía del Hombre a manos de unos cuantos egoistas e incompletos seres (¿de que otra manera describirlos?), capaces de engañar a cualquiera con tal de aferrarse al poder, es su esencia y lo lleva a una extra ...more
Lammoth
Леонардо Падура - "Човекът, който обичаше кучета"
Леонардо Падура е намерил чудесен начин да опише историята на една злокачествена идеология, чиито метастази са се разнесли из целия свят, разрушавайки самите тъкани на мечтите, на бъдещето и на свободната воля на милиони хора. Разказал ни е историята на трима души, чиято любов към кучетата ги обединява, показвайки остатъка от първородната им доброта, съсипана постепенно от радиоактивните облаци на една тоталитарна машина за контрол.

Историите на Л
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Κατερίνα Μαλακατέ
http://www.diavazontas.blogspot.gr/20...

Εμβληματικό και ογκώδες το μυθιστόρημα του Λεονάρντο Παδούρα «Ο άνθρωπος που αγαπούσε τα σκυλιά» ξεκινά με αφετηρία ένα ιστορικό γεγονός, την δολοφονία του Τρότσκι, για να μας μιλήσει για όνειρα που χάθηκαν, επαναστάσεις που κατέληξαν νοσηρά κατασκευάσματα άρρωστων εγκεφάλων, εκκαθαρίσεις, προγραφές, σπασμένες ζωές και ματαιωμένες ελπίδες.
Τρεις αφηγηματικές φωνές στην ουσία, η μια μας εξιστορεί την ζωή του Τρότσκι από τότε που βρέθηκε στην εξορία, η άλλη μ
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Meche Baca
Me fascina cuando un libro me da apetito... apetito de aprender, de buscar, de informarme. No pude dejar de Googlear a Trotsky, Ramón Mercader y a casi todos los protagonistas, quería ver sus caras, saber si coincidían con mi imaginación... casi siempre la imaginación es más sabia, pero la idea de que el personaje que te ha estado envolviendo durante un mes, haya en realidad pisado esta tierra, y que no está solo enun lugar de mi mundo ideal, es una sensación muy especial. Ya había leído "Animal ...more
Patricia Ibarra
Un libro excepcional. Uno de los mejores q jamás haya leido. La historia se centra en Troski y en su asesino, Ramon Mercader, como los protsgonistas. La historia se entreteje con el escritor Ivan y con la madre del asesino, Caridad. Una investigacion historica muy cuidadosa y detallada de los hechos. Sin embargo, lo q me parecio mas interesante y fascinante fue la perspectiva de cada uno de los personajes, todas validas por sus propias motivaciones. Somos espectadores de fanatismos, traiciones, ...more
Diana
„Човекът, който обичаше кучетата” е от онези гигантски не само като обем книги, които ме размечтават за няколко около 50-часови денонощия, напълно лишени от ангажименти и разсейващи фактори, в които да се отдам изцяло на удоволствието от четенето.

Романът не предполага да е и не е развлекателна и лесно смилаема книжка, но Падура успява да поднесе сухата история и зловещите й моменти колкото безпристрастно, толкова и увлекателно. Някои от главите въпреки това са трудни за четене. Нормално е една
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Hugo
Editorial Tusquets describe esta novela como “la fascinante historia sobre el asesino de Trotski”, lo cual es en parte correcto, pero mas que eso, este libro trata de muchos temas, desde el comunismo visto con una lente de aumento, los crímenes que se cometieron bajo la bandera proletaria, del desencanto de un ideal no alcanzado y la melancolía de una sistema ulterior poco eficiente y que dejo un miedo impregnado de olor a sangre; esta novela tiene mas de un protagonista, Ramón el asesino, Liev ...more
Isabel Maia
Nov 19, 2011 Isabel Maia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fãs de Romance Histórico e interessados na Hisória do Séc. XX
Liev Davidovitch Bronstein, mais conhecido por Trótski, foi uma das figuras cimeiras da Revolução Bolchevique em Outubro de 1918 e fundador do Exército Vermelho. Após a morte de Lenine, torna-se personna non grata por intervenção de Estaline, que tudo fez para descredibilizar Trótski internacionalmente. Depois de exilado em Alma Ata, conhece exílio em países como Turquia, França, Noruega e por fim México. É neste país que o velho revolucionário conhece o desfecho trágico. Ramón Mercader del Rio ...more
Izumen
Човекът, който обичаше кучетата: http://izumen.blogspot.com/2014/03/bl...

Тази книга стигна до мен в най-подходящия момент. От известно време планувах да направя едно задълбочено проучване на Октомврийската революция и последвалите лавинообразни събития, които променят Европа и света, като Троцки, без съмнение, беше фигурата, която най-живо ме интересуваше. Ето - казах си - един човек, който през цялото си съществуване е преследвал социалистическата идея, вярвайки, че тя е единственото решение на
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Аделина 'Змей' Генова
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Леонардо Падура е взел мазния и цапащ графит на ежедневието на тези хора, прекарал го е през ада на ожесточеното им желание за живот и себедоказване, пресовал го е с презрението на идеологията към собствените й пионки и е създал блестящ като диамант труд – многопластов, пълнокръвен и откровен.

Историята не се случва за един ден, тя е бавно съграждана от хиляди факти, мисли, желания, обич и омраза и сляпо гонене на цели. Именно в този смисъл, „Човекът, който
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Jose Luis
El final del libro, esas últimas cien páginas, son de un dramatismo terrible, claro, decir que el final es lo mejor, puede dar la falsa idea que el resto del libro no lo fue igual, cuando la verdad es que sin esos capítulos, su final jamás tendría la explosión emocional que tiene...
Nooilforpacifists
Two things undermine this historical novel about the assassination of Trotsky: ponderous obviousness and complete a-historicism. We can guess, almost immediately, the identities of the narrators of the chapters other than Trotsky himself. And, contrary to the author's gauzy belief, Trotsky the writer existed side-by-side with Trotsky the mass-murderer--and Trotsky never regretted the murders. What's more, the author has Trotsky ascribe to Stalin precisely the essential quality that made Trotsky ...more
Redpoet
One of the better written books I have read in a long time. You do not have to be in lockstep with the authors ideas and beliefs to appreciate what he has to say and how he says it. I will say that his portrayal of the betrayal of the Revolution, the darkness of Stalin, the impact of dogmatism run amuck is more than enough to demand a reading. Trotsky is portrayed in a sympathetic manner, but not idealized so far that the reader is unable to realize that if he had replaced Stalin upon Lenin's de ...more
Ricardo
Bueno, qué se puede decir realmente de una novela que sobresale en todos los aspectos narrativos, sin duda Padura logra manifestar una erudición del tema redondeando la llamada "perversión" de la utopía del S. XX, exponiendo las coyunturas històricas en tres historias: un escritor cubano, vìctima consecuente de la revoluciòn cubana y lo que significó la misma para su futuro profesional y entorno social, y cuyo encuentro con el "Hombre que amaba a los perros" vendría a marcar una pauta para su ex ...more
Laura
Jan 29, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie
After have read The Obedient Assassin by John P. Davidson, I must read this book.

It is "amazing" how some authors are regaining ideas from their books based on books which have been already published. A similar case happen with Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan and published in 2014 compared to Fanny Stevenson by Alexandra Lapierre which was published in 1993.
Vasilis Kalandaridis
Προφανώς ειναι ενα τεράστιο βιβλίο.Μεταφορικά και κυριολεκτικά.Δεν ειναι ενα εύκολο ανάγνωσμα,σε όλη του την έκταση τουλαχιςτον.Σταλινικες εκκαθαρίςεις,κομμουνισμός,εξορίες..Υπαρχουν σημεία που πρεπει πραγματικά να εισαι εκεί για να καταλάβεις τι έγινε,γιατί έγινε,ποιος έκανε..Αλλά γι'αυτο ακριβώς ειναι σπουδαίο βιβλίο,γιατί σου μαθαίνει ιστορία.Και ειναι ένας υπέροχος τρόπος αυτός να γράφεται και να διαβάζεται ιστορία,μέσω ενός μυθιστορήματος δηλαδή.Τις τελευταίες σελίδες τις πήγαινα αργά αργά, ...more
Juan Morán
La novela histórica que logra desentrañar los fantasmas de Ramón Mercader, ( el comunista Catalán que asesinó al enemigo No 1 de Stalin “Liev Davídovich” también conocido como Trotski ), quien tiene que vivir por el resto de sus días en el olvido del comunismo, y con el peso de la historia sobre sus hombros.

Un buen libro para pensar en los movimientos sociales que inician de una manera y acaban de otra forma
Rick
Dystopian novels tend to be cautionary tales set in some realistically or fantastically imagined future. The Man Who Loved Dogs is a dystopian novel grounded in the history of the 20th century. Written by the Cuban writer Leonardo Padura, whose early work includes a well-regarded series of crime novels, this well conceived, expertly crafted novel is absorbing, horrific, and insightful. Its characters, historic and fictional, are convincing and compelling. There are three primary protagonists and ...more
DROPPING OUT

Like others, I find the book brilliant. Padura, perhaps one of the most highly successful authors in Cuba, has written a novel explicitly critical of Stalinism (and hence of Fidel Castro too) that I wondered how the text got past the censors.

The narrator, Padura's older alter-ego, recounts his own exuberance and then disillusion with the Revolution, coming into contact with the enigmatic "man who loved dogs." Along the way we are treated to a narrator-less account of Trotsky's life (often in ago
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Laia Bárber
El Hombre que amaba a los perros
Leonardo Padura
Por Laia Bárber

La recomendación de este tercer bimestre: El hombre que amaba a los perros ofrece tres grandes temas: el exilio, el adoctrinamiento y el miedo. La novela histórica de Leonardo Padura nos mantiene en el ciclo del género de novela histórica de “autoficción”, del que son ejemplo las novelas de Binet y la de Soler. La peculiaridad consiste en que el autor presta su nombre a un doble, que puede ser su protagonista u otro personaje. En El
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Martinhem
Este libro es excelente, se lee rapido y los capitulos estan perfectamente ordenados. En algun momento dan ganas de que sea realmente asi la historia y no una novela, muy bien escrito y atrapante, lo super recomiendo.
Jim
I just finished the English version of this book. It is a lengthy fictional novel about three people who all share a love of dogs: Leon Trotsky, Ramon Mercader, his murderer, and Ivan, whom Ramon meets on a beach in Havana and to whom he relates his story over time. The book is factually intense - takes you in some detail through the Soviet era, the Spanish Civil War where Ramon cut his teeth, the politics among Trotsky, Lenin and Stalin, and events in Mexico City as the plot to dispatch Trotsky ...more
Carlos
A utopia como caso de polícia

Nos interstícios entre dois gêneros de formas bem demarcadas, o romance policial e o de espionagem, o livro O Homem que Amava os Cachorros, do escritor cubano Leonardo Padura, retrata a degradação de uma das principais utopias do século 20. O romance, a obra mais ambiciosa de um escritor que fez nome como respeitado autor de literatura de crime, monta uma complexa rede narrativa para retratar as trajetórias paralelas do líder revolucionário soviético Leon Trotsky (18
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Ricardo
Poderosa la literatura que nos arrasa e ilumina con su prosa. Padura ha escrito una novela-río, una ficción histórica que se constituye en uno de los mejores libros aparecidos en el siglo XXI sobre la historia "pervertida, sepultada, escamoteada, reescrita y vuelta a escribir" del sueño mayor del siglo XX -la utopía igualitaria- y su reconversión en pesadilla de amplia escala y largo alcance. Trotsky y Mercader, víctima y verdugo/víctima, se encontraron con la Historia en Coyoacán, y es en torno ...more
Alejo
Desparejo. De todas maneras lo primero a decir es que si uno se lee 765 paginas sin claudicar es porque está bien escrito, de eso no hay duda, e inclusive tiene partes que logra emocionar autenticamente. Pero después es un sube y baja, las historias tienen una intensidad despareja y peca de no poder cerrar y seguir estirando algo que luego de la parte tres mucho sentido no tiene...
Barbara Gregorich
This is a wonderful book which interweaves three stories: that of Leon Trotsky and his struggle to lead the workers of the world to victory over imperialism, a struggle he conducts while under constant attack (and finally assassination) by order of Stalin; that of Ramon, the man who carries out the assassination; and that of Ivan, a Cuban who, unlike the other two characters, is fictitious. I was hesitant to read this book at first because I knew the outcome, and knowing the outcome in advance o ...more
Roberto Cacho
Una novela histórica francamente interesante. Se desarrolla en tres líneas cronológicas: dos paralelas (la del exilio de Trostky y la de la militancia de Ramón Mercader) y una tercera, la del supuesto escritor de la novela. Parece estar muy documentada y las numerosas lagunas existentes sobre la vida de Mercader están rellenas de una manera muy creible.
Христо Блажев
Едно убийство сред милиони: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/c...

Всъщност по тия страници има много повече омраза към хората, отколкото любов към кучетата. Омраза в разточителни количества, човеконенавистничество в потрисащи размери, жертва след жертва под строй, в името на личен егоизъм и безпримерен садизъм, маскирани под благовидната физиономия на пропагандата и идеалите. Литература, която обръща нещо отвътре, притиска те през цялото време с разбирането, че това е било реалност, не е творе
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Ana Julia
Ha terminado la temporada de reuniones mensuales (Literatura & Vino) del Teatro Centro de Arte. Siete obras que nunca hubiera leído, de no ser por la selección hecha en el programa del año, que culmina con “El Hombre que Amaba a los perros” del cubano Leonardo Padura.

Una novela histórica sobre los acontecimientos que rodearon el asesinato de Trotsky en Méjico, y más. Tampoco la hubiera leído: era ficción, histórica, sobre temas de la Unión Soviética, por un autor para mí desconocido, y -para
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Leonardo Padura Fuentes (born 1955) is a Cuban novelist and journalist. As of 2007, he is one of Cuba's best known writers internationally. In English and some other languages, he is often referred to by the shorter form of his name, Leonardo Padura. He has written movie scripts, two books of short stories and a series of detective novels translated into 10 languages. In 2012, Fuentes was awarded ...more
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“Μετά την τρίτη ανάγνωση χρειάστηκε να καθαρίσει τα γυαλιά του, τρίβωντάς τα με την άκρη της ρώσικης πουκαμίσας του, σαν να ήταν τα κρύσταλλα οι πραγματικοί υπεύθυνοι για τον θολό τρόπο με τον οποίο καταλάβαινε ορισμένες λέξεις που του φαίνονταν οδυνηρές αλλά όλο και πιο ξεκάθαρες.” 1 likes
“In that instant I regretted my indiscretion, and I have never really known if it was a form of compensation of because I needed to vomit up my pent-up anger that I did something unusual for me and told him about the ups and downs my family had experienced in the previous two months since my younger brother controversially came out a homosexual. I unleashed all the resentment I felt toward my parents for having punished the kid so cruelly. As I spoke, I noted that I had been so obtuse that until that exact moment, as I confided the details and feelings I hadn't even revealed to my wife to a person I barely knew, I had concentrated my resentment on my parents' attitude because in reality I had been ignoring the true origins of what had happened: the persistence of an institutionalized homophobia, of an extended ideological fundamentalism that rejected and repressed anything different and preyed on the most vulnerable ones, on those who don't adjust to the canons of orthodoxy. Then I understood that not just my parents but I myself had been the pawn of ancestral prejudices, of the surrounding pressures of the time, and, above all, the victim of fear, as much as or more (without a doubt, more) than William. I felt a certain rancor toward my brother, precisely because it was my brother who had been declared a faggot: I could understand and even accept that two professors may have gone the other way, but this wasn't the same as knowing - and having others know - that the one who went the other way was my own brother.

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