Il gaucho insostenibile
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Il gaucho insostenibile

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L’americano più triste del mondo visto su un marciapiede di Città del Messico e l’ultimo pomeriggio passato con lui. Un avvocato argentino, nel pieno della crisi finanziaria del suo paese, si riconverte in impossibile gaucho della pampa, sperando forse di fermare il tempo del declino, o più probabilmente credendo nell’eterno ritorno. L’inchiesta di un detective su un kille...more
Paperback, La memoria #683, 200 pages
Published May 2006 by Sellerio (first published 2003)
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I prefer watching the great masters do real combat, deploying torrential imperfect trailblazers against the eternity cemetery always opening under our feet -- and it's been a while since I've watched this great master spar (ie, since I've read one of his shorter titles) but these four stories plus one quickie plus two essays seemed at least like a worthwhile prize fight. The book itself is a perfectly weighted and formatted hardback of a ringside seat, replete with burgundy boards. Inside its re...more
Mike Puma
The Insufferable Gaucho is a mix of fiction (five short stories) and two essays which revisit themes, implicitly and explicitly, from Bolaño’s most ambitious novels, 2666 and The Savage Detectives

The Short Stories:
Jim—on the surface, a very short story about a troubled Vietnam veteran living the life of a poet in Mexico. Its brevity speaks to the question: What can we know about other people—their demons? The story will almost necessarily remind readers of The Savage Detectives and the character...more
M. Sarki
Aug 09, 2013 M. Sarki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who care about living and dying
Recommended to M. by: luck
Shelves: 5-star-wonders
Another book I thoroughly enjoyed almost top to bottom. Except I read it for the most part backwards as I prefer essays to short stories, but who can tell the difference sometimes? As much as I enjoyed Roberto Bolaño's latest book of essays Between Parentheses this book flat knocked me out. Except for Police Rat, and Two Catholic Tales, all the rest of the stories and essays were nothing short of fantastic. It is a sad day when you find somebody as gifted as Roberto Bolaño was and he seems to up...more
pierlapo  quimby
Si imparano sempre cose nuove dai libri, da quelli buoni o eccellenti, come da quelli pessimi.
Ad esempio dalla lettura del gaucho insostenibile, che appartiene alla prima categoria e non certo alla seconda, ho imparato un detto benaugurante, un saluto di buona fortuna che mi ha subito conquistato: che ti piova sottile.
Bello, no?
La pioggia sottile può essere rinfrescante se la calura si fa insopportabile, non dà fastidio come un acquazzone - tuttavia bisognerebbe non essere miopi o astigmatici, m...more
this is the first book by bolano that i have read,even though i own both the savage detectives and 2666, and i really liked it, which is quite surprising, because i don't generally enjoy short stories. they almost always seem to go nowhere and not have a proper ending. i'm always thinking what happens next?

but i didn't find that to be the case with this book, which contains 5 short stories and 2 short essays.they all seemed complete in themselves to me, even the first one, jim, which is only 3 p...more
Carlos Bennett
En "El gaucho Insufrible" vemos cosas distintas a las que aparecen en los dos libros de cuentos anteriores de Bolaño ("Llamadas telefónicas" y "Putas asesinas"). Hay un cuento tipico sobre escritores ("El viaje de Alvaro Rousselot") que recuerda mucho a esos cuentos anteriores, pero destacan por sobre todo otros dos cuentos:

1) "El Gaucho Insufrible": un homenaje a "El Sur", de Borges. Un cuento ambientado entre Buenos Aires y la Pampa, nostálgico, más lírico si se quiere de lo que es habitual en...more
a brief collection, the insufferable gaucho consists of five short stories and a pair of essays. both the title story and "alvaro rousselot's journey" appeared in the new yorker in 2007, shortly after the savage detectives first exposed most u.s. readers to the late chilean's literary prowess. the book's lead story, "jim," is only three pages long, yet portrays a character that would have been at home in nearly any of bolaño's longer works. "rat police" is the collection's most interesting piece...more
In these 5 stories (and 2 essays), Bolano shows us why he is a brilliant master of the unpredictable and one of the few important writers that MUST be read. Reading the stories one is inundated with weird, wonderful, and savage themes...Bolano serving as the magician pulling out insane, bloodthirsty rabbits out of his spooky hat. All these astonishing stories show unbelievable control in their explosiveness, daring themes, and unpredictability. Bolano is brilliant at guiding this crazy amount of...more
First foray into the work of Roberto Bolaño, and I'm very pleased. While I don't think this book necessarily qualifies Bolaño for inclusion among the greatest Latin American writers canon (Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortazar, et al), their work is really present in his, and that's a good sign. Something that's always drawn me to Latin American literature is the powerful sense of past and future contained within. It's not simply paying homage...more
Los dos primeros cuentos me han encantado.
-"El Gaucho Insufrible" por la temática y la construcción del personaje principal.
-"El Detective de las Ratas" por la originalidad ignota de la propia historia.

Los siguientes relatos bajan un poco el nivel.

Terminando con unas reflexiones bastante interesantes sobre diversos temas como la figura del escritor contemporáneo o un viaje a la acrópolis de la poesía francesa del siglo XIX, adoptando mayormente una marcada clave de ironía, teñida en ocasiones co...more
Allan MacDonell
I realize I am far from alone in my love of Roberto Bolaño. The five short stories and two essays collected in The Insufferable Gaucho, in common with everything else I’ve read from this natural born expatriate, provide so much solace, companionship and validation that they make me want to be a writer too, a good one. Again, I presume I’m far from alone in that reaction. I further presume that Bolaño has spawned far fewer insufferable writers than have been activated by some of the other authors...more
Roberto Bolaño sin dudas me dejó con ganas de más, de conocer su punto de vista y las críticas literarias que con tanta picardía redacta...
el libro comienza con Jim un relato que lees sin pena ni gloria, no sé si es porque soy muy básica o no supe apreciar lo que el autor me quería transmitir y si es que quería! XD
luego llegó "El gaucho insufrible" AJJJ! es que me encantó, como un abogado (con toda su pomposidad) llega a cuidar a sus dos hijos tras la muerte de su esposa, tener una buena relació...more
Bolaño me cae tan bien, que lo sigo a donde sea. Aunque hay un par de cuentos (como en todos sus libros de cuentos) que podría haber vivido sin ellos, siempre tiene momentos geniales. Los mitos de Cthulhu es mi favorito, porque creo que es donde se mueve mejor, dándole un poco a los autores, básicamente soltandose la trenza y hablando de literatura. Siempre es buena compañía, y con cada libro me conquista más!
Other than the knife in the groin incident, I could not figure why the Gaucho was insufferable. A good book to read for the Crisis though. There are a lot of ruined farmhouses and unused shells of buildings out there in the county, in Spain, in Portugal, in Greece. Just not that many horses for sale, and as we know the rabbits fight back.

El genero de los cuentos, o los relatos, no es de los quee gustan, prefiero la novela, pero tratándose de Bolaño, la calidad es indiscutible. Salvo una de las conferencias, que no me ha gustado, el resto es muy bueno.
Cooper Renner
I've read 7 or 8 of Bolano's books--though neither of the doorstops--and find myself generally disappointed. This collection of stories and essays, however, is quite good, except for the tedious story "Police Rat." I would rank it second only to Monsieur Pain, which I found quite interesting. The title story here is almost a bourgeois version of Borges, and the essay Myths of Cthulhu is a fascinating commentary on authorship and celebrity, as pertinent to the US as to Latin America.
Es el primer libro de cuentos de Bolaño que leo y curiosamente me gustó un montó esperaba algo más incomprensible, tipo Amberes.

Con esto (y sobre todo por el penúltimo ensayo), me está pasando con Bolaño lo mismo que con Foster Wallace y ahora ultimo Sylvia Plath, que es que quiero sicopatear más sobre su vida y como que lo amo un poco.
Seven pieces - 5 stories and 2 essays - by a "mythical" writer. The title story is a homage to a story by Borges. It's a posthumous collection but the stories are living stories, not dead, though they are often inhabited by zombies, or I should say zombie-like characters. I loved it. But then I'm partial to everything Bolañese. I think it's fortunate for me to have read this book in the same month as Pedro Páramo . Otherwise I wouldn't have recognized the allusions to that book.
Another beautiful collection by Bolaño, this one including two essays, one, dedicated to his hepatologist, on (terminal) illness, the other on Spanish literature. The title story is an allegory about Argentinean politics, and the book as a whole--typical for Bolaño--are studies, meditations, and anecdotes on sex, death, politics, violence, terror, and joy. Told with Bolaño's floating style that seems simultaneously to be about everything and nothing. Chris Andrews's translation is impeccable, as...more
Ben Dutton
Roberto Bolaño is a novelist whose work I return to frequently. He has progenitors in Borges, Kafka etc, but feels distinctly separate from them as to become something unique. Since his untimely death in 2003, Picador in the UK has slowly been releasing everything Bolaño wrote, it seems. These releases have not come chronologically in Bolaño’s career, but from scattered times in his life, and there does seem to be something apt about that. Their latest release is actually the last Bolaño worked...more
Pat Pujolas
and then along comes a book like this. goddammit. time to re-think all my other five-star reviews. bolano is a master; the stories here are not only beautiful, but profound in the way great literature can and should be. the translation is not perfect; there were a few awkward turns of phrase; but don't let that stop you from indulging in these amazing, beautiful and poignant stories. required reading for the human species.
Luis Chapu
Los primeros relatos fueron bastante buenos... Si los calificara individualmente a "El gaucho insufrible" le daría 3 y a "El policía de las ratas" un 4 que casi es 5 y roza la genialidad, pero después el libro va perdiendo su encanto, se vuelve regular con "El viaje de Alvaro Rousselot" (que todavía resulta interesante) y "Dos cuentos católicos" lo mismo, si el libro se hubiera quedado en esto habría sido mucho mejor... Ignoro si es solo la edición que yo leí que lleva al final otros dos textos...more
Michele Manara
Jul 26, 2012 Michele Manara added it
Shelves: fiction
"I libri sono in numero finito, gli incontri sessuali sono in numero finito, ma il desiderio di leggere e di scopare è infinito, travalica la nostra stessa morte, le nostre paure, le nostre speranze di pace."

aiutatemi, vi prego,
non riesco a smettere di leggere Bolaño
In my clumsy, scattered reading, one story represents my insignificant impression. Álvaro Rousselot's Journey. I can't help suspect a hint to the greater 'Bolano Mythos'. Alvaro, almost mystically, becomes obsessed with a French director who has been stealing his ideas. There is a comment in there about literature, I just haven't figured it out, yet . The more obvious point, however, is that the writer's journey changes Alvaro as it changes everyone. Alvaro is granted a third sense of literature...more
Buen libro de cuentos de Bolaño
I feel bad for giving this collection such a low rating, because it would seem some people hail Bolano a 'genius', but, honestly, I just wasn't fussed.

I kept getting distracted throughout, and I felt like there wasn't a lot to keep me between the pages.
I think the references to things that I didn't understand made me feel a little alienated, so I probably would've felt more involved if I had a bit of context to go with it. I'm not denying that Bolano is a good storyteller, because he quite obv...more
I went back to the short-story collection genre. So for this one, I picked up a book by Roberto Bolaño, who is a Chilean author that I only recently encountered, with his book 2666, which I read earlier this year and reviewed here. Given how much I liked that book, I figured this would be a good read as well.

So to some degree, I liked this book. This is a collection of 5 short stories and 2 essays. It is a slim tome, but it packs some rather good stuff. In Police Rat, Bolaño tells the story of a...more
I picked this out wanting to read Borges's gaucho story. I was a little disappointed when i read this version of the gaucho story, but only because i wanted the other one. when it comes to writers i tend to fall for the naughty men, those who will leave me feeling inadequate, a bit depressed, that the world is wrong. But while i'm with them, i'm apprehensively eating out of their palms. i love that bolano hates garcia marquez, vargas llosa, and pretty much everyone that has ever made money off a...more
I always prefer a novel to a novella. Short pieces are far down on my list of `druthers. I've made an exception for Bolano, whom I've recently discovered and raised to a priority on my reading list.

This book has 5 short stories and 2 essays. The short stories are very good and I highly recommend each of them. The essays ramble; hence, the 4 star rating.

Each short story has very different content and style. The shortest piece, "Jim" is first, and serves, sort of, as an introduction in that it may...more
Edgy, straightforward and full of vitality. I like reading Bolanos prose. His sentences are short and quick, I would say, as enjoyable as heavy metal guitar riffs. They punch you in the right places at the right times. Whatever that means.

I stumbled on this book on a regular visit to an independent bookstore, Tronsmo, of Oslo. The very short first story, "Jim", impressed me by how much a sparse, almost non-action, story can say. It just makes you want to write.

The "Police Rat" is my favorite. I...more
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For most of his early adulthood, Bolaño was a vagabond, living at one time or another in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, France and Spain.

Bolaño moved to Europe in 1977, and finally made his way to Spain, where he married and settled on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona, working as a dishwasher, a campground custodian, bellhop and garbage collector — working during the day and writing at night.

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