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The Tunnel

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  25,965 Ratings  ·  1,423 Reviews
"When it was first published in Spanish, THE TUNNEL won the applause of Thomas Mann and Albert Camus and was described as an existentialist classic," reminded The New York Times Book Review, in its recent review. Indeed, THE TUNNEL is one of the most highly regarded short novels of the twentieth century. Since its first publication in 1948, it has been translated into most ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 138 pages
Published September 13th 1991 by Ballantine Books (first published 1948)
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Glenn Russell
Jul 04, 2016 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of the giants of Latin American literature, Ernesto Sábato (1911-2011) lived most of his life in Buenos Aires, Argentina and periodically committed his own manuscripts to the flames, noting in one interview with wry satisfaction how fire is purifying. Fortunately, in addition to many essays, three of his novels survive. Before commenting on ‘The Tunnel’, his first novel written in 1948, some observations on his other two:

‘On Heroes and Tombs’, Sábato’s dark, brooding 500 pager includes an e
Parthiban Sekar
Jun 14, 2016 Parthiban Sekar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Parthiban by: Elham Kharidar
The Tunnel by Sabato, inspired by Dostoevsky and Kafka, is not just an intriguing novel but also an important existential classic. It cannot be totally denied that there are some similarities between Castel of this novel and Meursault from The Stranger but Castel is not too nihilistic in his views. The heart of Castel might have been frozen, but there was a drop or two of love - just enough to feed the birds.

Solitude is often thought of as something self-warranted. Sometimes, even a man who buil
Bill  Kerwin
Jan 13, 2017 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novella

Sabato’s The Tunnel (1948) resembles Camus’ The Stranger (1942), for both are spare, short novels featuring murderer-protagonists as first person narrators, men who are profoundly alienated not only from their societies but also from any meaningful personal relationship. But the two protagonists are very different from each other too. Camus’ hero Meursault, a shipping clerk, is an unimaginative man alienated from his own emotions; Sabato’s hero Castel, a well-known painter, experiences his emoti
Franco  Santos
Mar 14, 2016 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La felicidad está rodeada de dolor.
Primer libro que leo de Sabato. Muy bueno. Es una lectura breve pero intensa; el autor nos muestra qué sucede cuando la locura se encuentra con el amor. Lo recomiendo sin un ápice de duda.
If you want to foreground a sociopath-misogynist-stalker's sense of urban isolation and alienation against a woman's prolonged emotional and physical abuse at the hands of the same person and call it existentialist literature, your choice. Just don't expect me to appreciate it.
Sep 29, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
En "El Túnel", así como en "Crónica de una muerte anunciada" no importa el "cómo" sino el "por qué". Ya desde las primeras líneas, el narrador genera el spoiler: "Bastará decir que soy Juan Pablo Castel, el pintor que mató a María Iribarne". A partir de allí, la trama intrincada para llegar al final de este túnel laberíntico (sobre todo el que está dentro de la mente de Juan Pablo). ¡Una novela TAN dostoievskiana...! Castel es una especie de Raskólnikov argentino con su propio crimen y castigo.
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
It should be sufficient to say that I am Juan Pablo Castel, the painter who killed María Iribarne.

That is how the story unfolded itself. It began with that one sentence - a simple, staightforward confession.

After I finished the novella, it felt like waking up from a dream. Not just a normal dream but a nightmarish one. The kind that leaves you dazed as its after effect.

There was one person who could have understood me. But she was the very person I killed.

It's no secret that Castel was the one
Jun 03, 2013 Talrubei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas
One of the first things I did after coming back home from my summer trip, is grabbing Ernesto Sabato's Tunnel for the second time. I had first read it in early 2008. It was in my head throughout the summer. I felt that I have missed the book and I need to re-read it. By it, I mean its mood, its characters, its amiable yet aggressive narrative style.

The Tunnel is simply a great novella. It talks about one of the main reasons behind literary production: human loneliness and the search for a conne
Hell with it; I'm giving everything five stars. I just finished reading this short novel by the Argentine, Ernesto Sábato. How can you not read a book that begins with this line:

Bastará decir que soy Juan Pablo Castel, el pintor que mató a María Iribarne; supongo que el proceso está en el recuerdo de todos y que no se necesitan mayores explicaciones sobre mi persona.

(Suffice it to say that I am Juan Pablo Castel, the painter who killed Maria Iribarne; I suppose that the trial is still in everyon
Iván Leija
Nov 01, 2013 Iván Leija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: personas tristes, incomprendidas, solitarias
Shelves: favoritos
Decepcionado, solitario, tímido, exagerado, violento, visiblemente alterado; sin mujer, ni hijos, ni hermanos, ni buenos amigos; con una madre que ha muerto y un padre que no tuvo ni la importancia suficiente como para siquiera ser mencionado en la novela. ¿Cómo sería alguien que descubre que la vida no es más que un túnel con paredes sucias y ocasionales ventanas donde no hay rastro de luz verdadera sino hasta el final del mismo? Quizá sería como un Extranjero, como un señor Meuersault: desubic ...more
Scarlet Cameo
Nov 23, 2016 Scarlet Cameo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“El hombre tiene tanto apego a lo que existe, que prefiere finalmente soportar su imperfección y el dolor que causa su fealdad, antes que aniquilar la fantasmagoría con un acto de propia voluntad.”

El pesimismo, la soledad y la obsesión hecho libro. Probablemente esto resumiría mi percepción de este libro, y diría mucho de él sin decir nada, pero es lo que se siente. Cada palabra dicha por Castel, nuestro narrador, refleja una naturaleza perturbada por el desprecio hacia su entorno y ahcia el
May 06, 2015 Knjigoholičarka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latinoamérica, 2015
Izvrstan portret jednog moralnog patuljka, patetične kukavice, sebičnog mizantropa, paranoičnog slabića... Čoveka kome biste najradije pljunuli u lice i zadovoljno ga prepustili na prevaspitanje Sonnyju Corleoneu:
¡Cómo he podido tardar tanto en leer esta novela! La recomiendo a todos los lectores hambrientos de buena literatura, muy especialmente a los admiradores de Italo Svevo. La relación enfermiza que mantiene el pintor Juan Pablo Castel con la joven María Iribarne me ha recordado a las relaciones tormentosas de los personajes de Svevo, pero sin llegar a aniquilar al objeto de deseo. Por momentos Castel se me asemejaba a Armand Duval (La dama de las camelias), un personaje pusilánime dominado por los ...more
May 12, 2016 Sawsan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
النفق عنوان معبر جدا عن عزلة بطل الرواية وكأنه يعيش في نفق من صنع أفكاره
بداخله عالم لا حدود له من الافتراضات والتصورات وهوس التحليل الدقيق لكل فعل وقول
الرائع هنا أحاديثه مع نفسه التي رسمت بدقة شخصيته وتركيبته الذهنية والنفسية المليئة بالتعقيد والغرور
الرواية اعتراف منه بجريمة قتل ومحاولة لتفسير الأحداث التي أدت إليها
قراءة أولى لأرنستو ساباتو, وقدرة على تصوير النفس وما يدور فيها من هواجس وأوهام
May 28, 2011 Jafar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh yeah, mid-20th-century existentialist novel. You’ll be forgiven if you open this book to a random page and think that you’re reading Sartre’s Nausea – but you’ll soon realize that it’s not as good as Nausea. There’s murder here, and it will remind you of the other famous existentialist novel – The Stranger – except that it’s not as good as that one either. But the message is all the same: Oh, what a heavy burden it is to find yourself living in a universe that is void of any meaning and purpo ...more
Celeste Corrêa

Ao ler «O Túnel» (1948) lembrei-me de Camus; desta obra, disse o autor de «O Estrangeiro» que admirava sua dureza e intensidade.
«Bastara dizer que sou Juan Pablo Castel, o pintor que matou Maria Iribarne;…devo confessar que agora lamento não ter aproveitado melhor o tempo da minha liberdade, liquidando seis ou sete tipos que conheço… Existiu uma pessoa que poderia compreender-me. Mas foi, precisamente, a pessoa que matei.»

Um homem que relata a história do seu crime com a débil esperança de que a
Nov 20, 2015 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro se me escurrió de las manos en poco menos de dos horas. Es un libro intenso, lleno de desesperación, inseguridad, dolor y sentimientos que conducen a un proceder errático e irreflexivo, pero no sin un origen. Todo el camino, sabía que no conduciría a otra cosa que a un decisión basada en la amargura y en la necesidad de pertenencia. El protagonista ansiaba que María le perteneciera solo a él, completamente y para siempre, pero el no poder tener lo que quería lo internó (o más bien le ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Vilma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this is some real serious stuff buh. I have read alot of pretty damn fine books lately but noone, really noone, had managed to crawl into my head with this creepy voice like Ernesto Sabato. Its disturbing. Its like I can feel him all over. I feel as unhinged right now as Juan Pablo Castel. Makes me want to run around the block a couple of times in the cold just to get this voice out of my head. Wont probably help anyway.

The Tunnel is a small book, less than 150 pages strong, with a formal
Jan 29, 2016 Erato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Θα ειναι αρκετό να πω πως ειμαι ο Χουάν Πάμπλο Καστέλ, ο ζωγραφος που σκότωσε τη Μαρία Ιριμπάρνε." Αυτη ειναι η πρώτη φράση του βιβλίου, μια αποκάλυψη και συνάμα μια γροθιά στο στομάχι. Στο βιβλιο αυτο, τίποτα δεν κρύβεται, τίποτα δεν ωραιοποιείται, η αλήθεια δίνεται σκληρή και ωμή, όπως πράγματι ειναι.
Η υπόθεση λίγο πολυ ειναι γνωστή, η εξομολόγηση του δολοφόνου Καστέλ σχετικά με το πως έφτασε στον φόνο της ερωμένης του Μαρίας, σε πρωτοπροσωπη αφήγηση. Ο Σαμπατο ειναι ένας τεχνίτης της γλώσσα
Jan 20, 2013 jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2012
قد قال يومًا: "كتبتُ مدافعًا عن وجودي ولذلك فإن كتبي ليست مشوقة، ولا انصح أحدًا بقراءتها" كما ذُكر عنه فيما بعد أنه أحرق بعضًا من أعماله.. هنا في النفق, تبدو الحبكة غير متماسكة نوعًا ما, وهذا ما أتفق عليه أكثر النُقّاد بأن السرد مضطرب والشخصيات بتكوينٍ ناقص وأن هناك فعلًا مناطق مظلمة في الرواية ولم يُسلّط عليها أي ضوء. ممّا يُشتّت القارئ. صحيح.. أنا في جزءٍ ما, وقفت محتارة أفكر. ليس بالنقص ولا الجانب الضعيف من الرواية. إنما صرت أفكر في المدى الذي أراد أن يصل إليه إرنستو وهو يكتب على لسان (خوان ب ...more
Vit Babenco
Mar 28, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“There are times I feel that nothing has meaning. On a tiny planet that has been racing toward oblivion for millions of years, we are born amid sorrow; we grow, we struggle, we grow ill, we suffer, we make others suffer, we cry out, we die, others die, and new beings are born to begin the senseless comedy all over again.”
A misanthrope? A case of morbid jealousy? A monster?
The hero of The Tunnel is a known painter but he is a loner, he hates people and he is alienated from everyone.
“Some I knew
A taut and powerful book, speckled with monologues like the Underground Man's or Josef K.'s, a violent and 'love story', and a hideous murder out of deluded obsession and possessive hatred. (This is no spoiler - our narrator tells you all this in Capitulo I).

When it was released in the late 1940s, it was then classified as an existential novel, in the vein of Dostoyevsky and Camus. Presently, however, it may be regarded more of a successor to the former, in its psychological portrait of a deran
Mar 10, 2016 Chris_P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a tiny planet that has been racing toward oblivion for millions of years, we are born amid sorrow; we grow, we struggle, we grow ill, we suffer, we make others suffer, we cry out, we die, others die, and new beings are born to begin the senseless comedy all over again.

Meet Juan Pablo Castel. He's 38 years old, a painter. Cynical. A killer. In his mind, there are two kinds of people. Himself and the rest. He spends his whole life moving in what he describes as a tunnel, while evreyone else i
Jun 25, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e5, n-argentina
"Sou Juan Pablo Castel, o pintor que matou María Iribarne."
Com esta frase entrei no Túnel, atravessei a tenebrosa escuridão da alma de Juan e "senti uma caverna negra crescendo dentro de mim."

Juan isola-se e despreza o mundo que o rodeia "repleto de gente idêntica que dizia permanentemente a mesma coisa."
Quando se apaixona pela única pessoa que o consegue "ver" enlouquece, de ciúme e medo de ser abandonado.
"Penso agora em como o amor é capaz de cegar e em como é mágico o seu poder de transformaç
Alexander Ayala
3.5 Me gusta la manera en la que Ernesto nos narra la historia. Pero los personajes están desquiciados y algo enfermos. No es la mejor historia pero es entretenida y recomendable.
Oct 05, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-alm, c-argentina

O Túnel é um romance curto, narrado na primeira pessoa, que conta a história de Juan Pablo Castel, o pintor que matou Maria Iribarne. É com esta informação que a narrativa se inicia. Trata-se de uma história de solidão, sofrimento, paixão, obsessão, ciúme, loucura e crime, protagonizada por um homem perturbado, que busca nos outros o entendimento e a aceitação e que, crendo não obter o que procura, se assume como um ser superior, fechando-se no seu mundo e atravessando a vida num "túnel" de mi
Jan 20, 2016 Nahed.E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أرجنتيني

صدق من قال إن هذه الرواية قد كُتبت بيد مجنون !

القراءة الاولي لإرنستو ساباتو وأظن أنها لن تكون الأخيرة !
فغرابة الرواية تجعلني أفكر في قراءة رواية أخري له ،
فشخصية بطل الرواية الذي يكتب مذكراته بإسلوب مضطرب يقترب كثيراً من شخصية بطل رواية ( الإنسان الصرصار ) لديستويفيسكي
فقريباً نفس الروح ونفس الشخصية المضطربة ونفس الفكر العدمي الغريب الذي من الممكن أن يتسبب في جريمة لا تعرف لها اصلاً ولا سبب !!

فعلي مدار الرواية كان يجول بخاطري سؤال واحد ..
ما الداعي لكل هذا ؟
ما السبب في كل هذا الشقاء ؟
لماذا يتعب
Nov 12, 2014 Denisse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

...en todo caso había un solo túnel, oscuro y solitario: el mío, el túnel en que había transcurrido mi infancia, mi juventud, toda mi vida.

Libro muy interesante y muy corto. Ideal para cambiar de aires. Aunque un poco negativo, esta muy bien escrito. Con un protagonista tal vez demasiado obsesivo por los detalles.
Describe muy bien la soledad y la oscuridad que esta arrastra.

A pesar de darte el final en un principio, te mantiene leyendo porque no se trata de lo ocurrido al final, si no de lo que
Aug 30, 2016 MAHYA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ترجمه مصطفی مفیدی
یادم میآید چند روز پیش از آنکه نقاشی را بکشم، در جایی خوانده بودم که مردی در یک اردوگاه کار اجباری تقاضا کرده بود چیزی به او بدهند که بخورد و گرسنگیاش را فرو بنشاند و آنها او را مجبور کرده بودند که موشی را، زنده زنده، بخورد. بعضی وقتها احساس میکنم که هیچ چیز معنی ندارد. در سیارهای که میلیونها سال است با شتاب به سوی فراموشی میرود، ما در میان غم زاده شدهایم؛ بزرگ میشویم، تلاش و تقلا میکنیم، بیمار میشویم، رنج میبریم، سبب رنج دیگران میشویم، گریه و مویه میکنیم، می
Mar 30, 2016 Hamed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عالی بود! بی نظیر !
بعضی وقت ها احساس می کنم که هیچ چیز معنی ندارد. در سیاره ای که میلیون ها سال است با شتاب به سوی فراموشی می رود، ما در میان غم زاده می شویم، بزرگ می شویم، تلاش و تقلا می کنیم، بیمار می شویم، رنج می بریم، سبب رنج دیگران می شویم، گریه و زاری می کنیم، می میریم، دیگران هم می میرند، و موجودات دیگری به دنیای می آیند تا این کمدی بی معنا را از سر بگیرند.
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Ernesto Sábato nació en Rojas, provincia de Buenos Aires, en 1911, hizo su doctorado en física y cursos de filosofía en la Universidad de La Plata, trabajó en radiaciones atómicas en el Laboratorio Curie, en Francia, y abandonó definitivamente la ciencia en 1945 para dedicarse exclusivamente a la literatura. Ha escrito varios libros de ensayo sobre el hombre en la crisis de nuestro tiempo y sobre ...more
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