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The Lone Man

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Carlos, the protagonist of Bernardo Atxaga's novel The Lone Man, thought he had left behind his old life as an activist in ETA, the Basque Independence Movement, when he went straight and bought a hotel in Barcelona. Then, as one last favor to the movement, he agrees to harbor two terrorists on the lam. This gesture plunges him back into a familiar yet perilous world of pl ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 19th 2003 by The Harvill Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Vatroslav Herceg
May 26, 2016 Vatroslav Herceg rated it it was ok
Ozvjezdičeno djelce pročitano je u izdanju "Demetre" (Faustovska biblioteka Dimitrija Savića) iz 2012. godine.
Prvo izdanje "Samotnika" u matičnoj filologiji je izašlo daleke 1994.
Jezična strana teksta nije na nekoj razini šklovskijeve aktualizacije. Stil pisanja odiše žurnalističkim utiskom, podsjeća na članke National Geographica. Valja istaći da to nije učinjeno svjesno jer je pripovjedač objektivno realističke naravi. Fragmenti pisama Rose Luxemburg su ubačeni izravno u sam tekst.
Običnost sam
Jim Smith
Feb 07, 2010 Jim Smith rated it it was amazing
Just finished this dark and brooding and brilliant novel by a Basque writer, which explores the fate of a former ETA militant in 1982 Barcelona. Best book I have read this year, and I've just special ordered his The Accordionist's Son. For some reason it felt like Camus.
for so dark a novel, it seems odd to say "I loved it"; but I did.
Andy McDougall
Aug 08, 2014 Andy McDougall rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Atxaga builds tension excellently in this novel that deserves better than to be labelled merely a "thriller". Conflict, mistrust, the voices; just some of the things that our former-militant protagonist must contend with against the backdrop of the 1982 World Cup in a state where democracy is still young.

'The Lone Man' will appeal to those with an interest in the Basque armed struggle, although the novel is set in Catalonia and doesn't dwell too much on the nature or roots of ETA's campaign. Wh
Dec 26, 2007 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sí, su desarrollo es lento, pero probablemente porque cabalga a medio pelo entre la novela de suspenso y las revisiones ideológicas a las que son tan adeptos ciertos novelistas anteriores a la modernidá interneta. Me quedo con las partes donde el personaje debe confrontar sus nebulosas convicciones con la "buena vida pequeñoburguesa" del hotel. Y está buena la reflexión de que las revoluciones socialistas fracasan porque no comprenden los caprichos de los individuos, y que finalmente lo que nos ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Julián rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Va de ex etarras asentados en las cercanías de la Barcelona del Mundial 82. Nada de arrepentidos o reinsertados. Se lo pasan pipa regentando un restaurante (¿o era un hotel?) y preparando el pan más rico del universo mundo. Alojan a la selección polaca y por ahí anda un etarra todavía en activo y alguien va y les traiciona. Me desagradó profundamente y fue un acto de masoquismo terminarlo.
"El hombre solo" takes a while to get going, but turns into a very tense thriller in the second half. However, there were bits of the writing that seemed a bit trivial, and I thought there were too many themes that weren't explored in enough depth. Read my full review here:
Jul 01, 2012 Hosanna rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I wish Atxaga went further in explaining the circumstances and origins behind the political tension between the ETA and the democratized Spanish government, in order for readers to truly understand the significance in the actions and decisions made by Carlos and his conspirators.
Feb 25, 2016 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-book
It was OK - never really jelled for me, I didn't find the characters believable, there wasn't the suspense, there were instances where I thought I would have used a different word- lost in translation, and the author looks a right smarmy git in his photo on the back.
Dec 16, 2009 Francisco rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela, españoles
Anécdota original, desarrollo muy lento y con una resolución previsible. En cuanto a la ubicación... no comment.
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Bernardo Atxaga (Joseba Irazu Garmendia, Asteasu, Guipúzcoa, 1951) belongs to the young group of Basque writers that began publishing in his mother language, Euskera, in the Seventies. Graduated in Economics for the Bilbao University, he later studied Philosophy at the University of Barcelona.

His first short story, Ziutateaz was published in 1976 and his first book of poetry Etiopia in 1978. Both
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