It is no accident that Federico Andahazi draws a parallel between his Renaissance hero, the anatomist Mateo Colombo, and the explorer Christopher Columbus. It is the conceit of his first novel, The Anatomist (beautifully translate...more
Mateo Colombo, consumido por uma paixão não correspondida, parte à procura, tal como o seu homónimo, da sua "América"...
Na sua viagem, em busca da poção do amor, encontra, na pessoa de Inês de Torremolinos, a "Alma" das mulheres - "o instrumento capaz de...more
This novel explores the beginnings of Western medicine in acknowledging the existence of the only human organ devoted solely to pleasure. Of course, the full extent of the clit would not be mapped until much much later. But as far as historical-literary-medical-religious smut, this book is rather balanced. Tidy, even.
(view spoiler)[A monk who is also a barber (as surgeons in the 16th century were known; nearly all scholars back then were clergy of some sort) falls for a sto...more
Gives you a feeling of being a bit violated too since the protagonist is male. And it's interesting how prostitution is both a source of feminine power and shame at the same time.
Written well enough. I somehow just got lost in the philos...more
The story is based off the real-life character of Mateo Realdo (Renaldo in the book) Colombo, who is apparently not related to the famous Columbus, but did discover his ow...more
Pero que sin duda alguna nos damos cuenta que la mujer antes y ahora siempre jugara un papel importante al hablarse de amor, sexo y pasión!
Μέσω μιας άλλης γυναίκας, ανακαλύπτει την "amor veneris". Το ανατομικό στοιχείο της κλειτορίδας, που ως τότε ήταν άγνωστο στη Δύση.
Όταν όμως επιχειρει να δημοσιοποιήσει την ανακάλυψη του, βρίσκεται αντιμέτωπος με την Ιερά Εξέταση.
Η επιχειρηματολογία που αναπτύσσεται και από τις δύο πλευρές, στο δικαστήριο, αποκαλύπτει την άγνοια και τη δει...more
Como en Las Piadosas, El Anatomista (que fue antes) es una novela con descripciones fascinantes, usos del lenguaje muy originales, imágenes nuevas y personajes (¡qué...more
Why i've given it three stars:
1. It gives you a glimpse of the 16th century.
2. If you are a feminist, you might want to go through it, because it gives you the real, deep-rooted patriarchy and mysogyny, and what alarms one is that these very seeds have not perished through the centuries but have survived, and hav...more
The Anatomist, Mateo Colombo, in his research at celebrates Venetian institution "finds" the clitoris. His "research" is documented in his treatise "De re anatomica" delivers him in front of the Catholic Church for heresy.
A must read at times witty, tragic and absolutely humorous.
The prose is very fluent and, shockingly, beautifu...more
52 Book Challenge - Author was born in Argentina
It was at this...more