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El Anatomista

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,141 ratings  ·  85 reviews
El héroe de esta novela es Mateo Colón, un anatomista del Renacimiento que al enamorarse de una prostituta veneciana, Mona Sofía, emprende la búsqueda de algún tipo de pócima que le permita conseguir su amor. El anatomista da comienzo así, nada más ni nada menos, a la ardua exploración de la misteriosa naturaleza de las mujeres. Es nuestro héroe un hombre avanzado a su tie ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 28th 1997 by Planeta (first published 1997)
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Aug 30, 2013 Rand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: clitoral realists
Recommended to Rand by: fate

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.

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Matteo Realdo Colombo viveu na época renascentista e foi professor de anatomia e cirurgião na Universidade de Pádua. É autor da obra De re anatomica, na qual descreve a circulação pulmonar e faz referencia ao Amor Veneris, Vel Dulcedo Appelletur.

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
Sep 05, 2007 Asia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like the historical views of anatomy
This book was a small jewel of anatomical and historical reference. With intrigue and drama the author incases a brilliant treaty of 16th century philosophical/anatomical thought in a gripping love story. If you appreciate and are interested in the way anatomists thought during the 16th century then this is a book you will enjoy.
Eh, not a bad read. But my dedication failed before I reached the end. The trial dragged on too much, and the characters never really grab you. Also, Andahazi repeats himself too much and Andahazi repeats himself too much.
Andrés Laverde Ortiz
Usando una expresión muy de mi círculo de amigos ¡este libro es una falta de respeto! Y no por malo, no juzguen mal, sino porque a veces resulta injusto que entre tanto libro malo solo unos pocos tengan la capacidad de escribir como lo hace este señor que debo decir, se me ha metido en el corazón como uno de mis escritores favoritos.

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
Something to ponder about for philosophers or theologians, however antiquated. Definitely not something modern day anatomists or doctors should emulate, believe nor regress into. It's quite sexist but the setting was centuries ago so that's a bit understandable.
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
The writing is luscious in its descriptiveness. The writer, from Argentina, seems to have the same fluidity as a number of other excellent writers from there.

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.
After reading some of the reviews, I say "don't shoot the messenger". The author has obviously, very much so, written the book to expose the sexist, complicit attitude of the church and society regarding women firstly, and their sexuality, secondly. A really good account of attitudes then and reasonably well written. The characters are only symbolic of those that existed at the time. A good attempt at fictionalising the attitudes of the Renaissance and prior. Put modern day sensibilities away wh ...more
This novel is nicely done--deserving of more credit than many reviewers here have given it. It is in part a love story, in part an exploration of sexual repression and religious intolerance of science, in part a comic look at how men have historically been mystified by the female body (and, for that matter, by women). The linkage of clitoral stimulation to witchcraft seemed plausible to me as a 16th century viewpoint, and in any event was quite funny. In addition I thought it was tastefully erot ...more
Luis Diego Camacho Mora
Siempre me ha encantado el "surrealismo" de Andahazi, pero este libro lo hace ver tan real y se incorpora en el pensamiento del siglo XVIII de una forma tan creíble que me rompió los esquemas que conocía del autor, en ese sentido... porque su enganche con temas sexuales y su locura para narrarlos es fascinante. Además para mí tiene el plus de los años que duré para conseguirlo.
Vit Babenco
When the postmodern author decides to have a literary outing into the history the result is usually not too complimentary for the historic science. But the book is usually a great fun to read. And so it is with The Anatomist - a tale of the grand anatomic discovery. Even Sigmund Freud may be jealous.
Excelente libro! Me llevo a la espera de un final y fue inesperado. Junto con una filosofía muy diferente de lo que pensamos y sabemos hoy en día.
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!
Ricardo Perez
El primer libro de Andahazi que leí. Cuando Mateo Colón, anatomista, descubre el secreto femenino en ese pequeño universo que después se llamaría "clítoris", el autor te atrapa y evita a toda costa que abandones la lectura. Uno de mis autores favoritos.
Jeremy Hornik
It's been a few years since I read this, so my memory may be shaky. In the renaissance, a science dude discovers the clitoris. Women do not particularly benefit from the discovery. Some people are burned at the stake.
Mary Newcomb
Sly, witty and a bit dark are the first characteristics to list of this novel set during the Inquisition. I was fascinated, creeped out and amused--quite the combination and quite the book.
A little known historical topic...the discovery of the clitoris! quite enjoyable. But at the ending, the author did a good job of depressing me.
El efímero arte de dar placer; disciplina que, como la de la conversación, no dejaba huella ni testimonio.
Dannuel Saùl Delizo
Such a pontifical, wondrous, thought-provoking history! The question is whether the Amor Veneris, Mateo Colombo's "America", exists or not. Since his work was banned from exposing to the men of science and general public, the discovery still stands as an enigma for researchers, and pasquinade for the trivial many. Mateo also had the most tragic life I've ever witnessed by the power of the fine print. I also learned that people in the 16th century, or the century of women, were all too decrepit b ...more
I originally picked up this book after getting on a Renaissance kick, plus I liked that it was part gender history/religion/sexuality. It was a very odd book. I definitely varied between thinking it was genius and total crap. Some things may be lost in translation, but it was frustrating how the author left so many loose ends.

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
"The book is more than a nod to Gabriel Garcia Marquez" ? This is definitely an over-rated statement. Anyway, the language of the text is sensuous and sexy, that is, just the first part.

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
I read a lot of bizarre books and am fascinated by medical discoveries and fallacies in the Renaissance, so the fact that I want to give this book only 2-3 stars is not a good sign. It's certainly daring and intriguing, but the sexuality and sexism (which, yes, largely come with the territory) become especially tiring when presented in a style that is sometimes repetitive and overblown. (A brief example: Andahazi ruins a perfectly poetic section about the rain by going on too long and ending wit ...more
Este libro es LO MAS.
Tiene dosis de intriga misterio y muy muy hilarante por momentos. Lo novedoso es el tema y la forma en que el autor nos lo presenta.
Este libro ganó el concurso de novela de Clarín pero se negaron a premiarlo porque lo consideraron obsceno. La obscenidad es la imposibilidad de hablar de todos los temas, cuando nos quieren cambiar la cabeza.
El final es espectacular :D
Basado en algunos hechos históricos, el autor crea esta novela alrededor del descubrimiento del clítoris por Mateo Colón. Este personaje exisitió y además de describir con mucho detalle el sistema circulatorio se atribuyó el crédito de "descubrir" el clítoris en la anatomía femenina. El autor traza un paralelo entre este Colón y su tocayo Cristóbal, quién "descubrió" América un siglo antes. Al intentar publicar su descubrimiento, Mateo se debe enfrentar a la santa inquisición. El autor hace buen ...more
The Anatomist is mature, weird/bizarre, alternative, entertaining, fascinating, provocative, filed under "European humour" at the library -- though I just think it's hella awesome, both respectful and disrespectful towards women, can't seem to decide on whether something is good or bad, macabre, insightful, and all in all a book I'd only recommend if you're looking to learn more on prostitution in 1558. Which I honestly believe we all are, right?
The prose is very fluent and, shockingly, beautifu
Fofi  Delafraga
Ο Ματέο Κολόν, ανατόμος της Αναγένννησης (υπαρκτό πρόσωπο) ερωτεύεται μία πόρνη και για να κερδίσει τον έρωτα της προσπαθεί να ανακαλύψει κάποιο είδος φίλτρου.

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
Quite witty and entertaining although I didn't find his writing style quite compelling. But a fun and enjoyable read.
A HUGE disappointment.Exploration of female sexuality is only through the eyes of men.. In spite of the fact that the story is the reflection of a "true story", consciously or "unconsciously" the writer is just helping the continuation of the male discourse. The book is constructing a strong and subversive woman who denies the male domination on female body only to deconstruct it in the end and turn it to a diseased, corrupted body. It takes clitoris, the most powerful thing about woman's sexual ...more
Katerina Dudkina
читается быстро и легко!
конец немного смазан, но вся книга отличн!
Interesting the discovery of the clitoris as told by the anatomist who discovered his "America"
Me sorprendió gratamente. Aunque no puedo dejar de pensar que probablemente sea el libro que más veces debe tener escrita la palabra "verga".
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Federico Andahazi is the son of Bela Andahazi, Hungarian poet and psychoanalyst, and Juana Merlín. During his adolescence, he began to read the classical Argentine and universal authors. He used to escape from school, that reflected the oppressive military dictatorship ruler, to meet with friends in bookstores and bars on Corrientes Avenue, emblematic place of Buenos Aires culture.

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