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Returning as Shadows

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In 1991, Paco Taibo II wrote The Shadow of a Shadow, a book about four men who meet to play dominos in a hotel bar in Mexico City. The time is 1922, and the men are a motley group—a poet who makes a living writing advertisements for patent medicine, a radical Chinese-Mexican union organizer, a lawyer who represents prostitutes, and a newspaper crime reporter who churns out
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 24th 2003 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published October 1st 2001)
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Feb 13, 2015 ΠανωςΚ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο Ταϊμπο γράφει όπως τρώω: ατσούμπαλα, λαίμαργα. Περιφρονεί λογοτεχνικά είδη και κανόνες, που φυσικά κατέχει πάρα πολύ καλά, και τσαλαβουτά στις λέξεις όπως ένα γουρούνι στις λάσπες. Τα πάντα μπορούν να συμβούν κι όντως συμβαίνουν, η αχαλίνωτη φαντασία παρουσιάζεται ως πραγματικότητα και τα πραγματικά ιστορικά γεγονότα μοιάζουν με σενάρια αχαλίνωτης φαντασίας, με φόντο το Μεξικό κατά τη διάρκεια του Β' Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου και την παρουσία ναζιστικών ομάδων στη χώρα.
Although at the beginning it seems a bit chaotic and incoherent with many characters being introduced at each page, as you progress with reading, the story becomes more tight and interesting. By the end of the book it has evolved to a quite breath-taking story making you to want to just read one more page (for hours).
The plot mixes real facts (most of them unknown to the majority of the people outside of Mexico or the Americas, like u-boats in the gulf of Mexico!) with fiction providing an excel
Oct 02, 2014 Panagiotis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο Paco Taibo Ignacio II είναι μια ιδιαίτερη περίπτωση. Δαιδαλώδης μπλέκει είδη(αστυνομικό, ιστορικό, κοινωνικό, κατασκοπευτικό, πολιτικό) και στυλ γραφής (Από την τριτοπρόσωπη, αντικειμενική αφήγηση, τον εξομολογητικό τόνο και τις διάσπαρτες ημερολογιακές σημειώσεις μέχρι τον εσκεμμένο θρυμματισμό της πλοκής και τη θεαματική πολυδιάσπαση του μύθου) δημιουργεί έναν λαβύρινθο που σε καλεί να χαθείς μέσα του.
Το «Και σαν σκιές επιστρέφουμε» δεν διαθέτει ωστόσο τις ευκολίες της αστυνομικής ιστορίας.
frisco - فریسکو
Ancora meglio di "Ombre nell'ombra" di cui questo è il seguito ambientato vent'anni dopo. Mette insieme aztechi, ribellioni nel Chiapas e inghippi politici, l'esoterismo nazista, arraffoni dei tesori messicani, Hemingway, ebrei e indios, in una trama abbastanza improbabile che però risulta verosimile se si tiene conto delle barbarie mondiali accadute in quegli anni.

"E racconto tutto questo perché la vita, nella sua meravigliosa complessità, sta diventando sempre più strana, e a volte non sono su
Laura Almazan
Jun 05, 2015 Laura Almazan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy entretenido

Es un libro que se disfruta, que te hace preguntarte si lo que estás leyendo es pura ficción o si tiene algo de realidad. Al final resulta como una película de The Expendables, llena de personajes famosos y apariciones breves que le dan un toque singular a la novela, pero sin hacerla predecible o aburrida. Muy recomendable y amena, diría yo.
Oct 29, 2007 Lady rated it liked it
Taibo writes another really funky thriller - well, it's technically a thriller, but it's really more of a shaggy-dog story involving reporters, spies, Nazis, Chiapas, and Ernest Hemingway. The translation seems to be a little rough around the edges. But if you've got the patience for the journey, it's a fun read.
Angel Serrano
Durante la II Guerra Mundial la neutralidad mexicana es puesta en cuestión de forma constante: por un lado los agentes nazis quieren utilizar al país como base de aprovisionamiento de sus submarinos; por otro lado, el vecino del norte presiona insistentemente. Loca visión histórica.
Sep 22, 2010 Malamas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η συνέχεια της "Σκιά της σκιάς". μόνο που ήταν "συνέχεια" πίστεψα ότι θα ήταν κάτι το παρωχημένο και βαρετό αλλά και πάλι ο Τάιμπο κατάφερε και με εξέπληξε. Οι χαρακτήρες 20 χρόνια μετά, ακόμα πιο γοητευτικοί.
May 21, 2014 Despina rated it it was amazing
Ένα συναρπαστικό πλέξιμο ιστορίας και μυθιστορίας, με χαρακτήρες που γοητεύουν και ύφος που συγκλονίζει. Κοφτή, γρήγορη και δυναμική γραφή και εξαιρετικό χιούμορ. Ο Taibo είναι μαέστρος.
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Paco Ignacio Taibo II, birth name Francisco Ignacio Taibo Mahojo, is a popular Mexican writer and novelist. He is the son of the late journalist Paco Ignacio Taibo I.
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