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Palinuro de México

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Esta Novela constituye uno de los aportes más tascendentales de Fernando del Paso a al narrativa hispanoamericana. Su hilo conductor es la relación amorosa de Palinuro y Estefanía. A través de estas páginas se da cuenta de un amor que lo abarca todo: el reino de los sueños, el erotismo, el mundo de la medicina, la genealogía familiar, las referencias científicas y artístic ...more
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Published October 1st 2007 by punto de lectura (first published 1975)
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Apr 23, 2013 Megha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megha by: MJ Nicholls
"...and I vowed that the book which I would write someday would be as sickly, fragile and defective as the human organism and also, if possible (which it isn't), equally intricate and magnificent."

Encyclopedic. Kaleidoscopic. One of its kind.

If I were asked what this book is about, I will be able to do no more than babble like a six month old. This book is like a house of mirrors. Each mirror sends you down a rabbit hole, carrying you on an enticing journey full of wonder and splendor. It's a so
MJ Nicholls
Del Paso favours the maximal form—Palinuro of Mexico and News From the Empire are sprawling imaginative playgrounds, concerned with the seemingly limitless possibilities of the human mind to transcend anything with everything. In Palinuro of Mexico Del Paso has created a magical, surreal, artificial and dreamlike narrative. The titular character is, at times, both narrator and subject (sometimes he narrates about himself in the third person)—a medical student in passionate love with his cousin E ...more
There are novels of the spirit, and there are novels of the body. Del Paso sings the body biologic. He sings of blood, of pus, of glistening, yellowed fat, of the muscled twisting of our bowels. He sings of sex, of autopsy, of amputation and of excretion. He sings of a broken country cutting itself into shreds. Of a broken self splintering into a thousand mirrored and mirroring shards.

Rabelaisian, yes, it reminded me too (at times – in particular towards the end) of Coover's Public Burning. It
Nov 18, 2013 knig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2013
A surrealistic maelstrom in PoMo: the latter so much in evidence that some reviewers remark the course Del Paso took in creative PoMo writing in the University of Iowa in 1976 went to his head. OK, I can see it. This essay like collage of structural perambulations does approximate the Human Centipede. Del Passo is so giddy with excitement that he can’t choose: so he goes for it all: Grand Guiginol, magical realism a la Master and Margarita, Théâtre de l'Absurde, oh, whats this: Flaubert read the ...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
“And that is what we were up to when they told us, Palinuro, that you were about to be born. Your grandmother Altagracia was told by Robin Hood.
“Robin Hood was told by Lady Windermere.
“Lady Windermere had been told by the Count of Monte Cristo.
“The Count of Monte Cristo was told by the two halves of the Viscount.
“The two halves of the Viscount by the two halves of don Prospero.
“And then Dr Latorre, who was a gentleman with a single wart on the shadier side of his nose, sat down on the edge of t
Ronald Morton
"Priaprank" is an excellent pun/neologism. (And one of the funnier sections of the book, which is quite bursting with humor).

This was over the top excellent - it mixes tall tale with myth with history with offbeat yet deep pieces of trivia; all of this collages together into a dense encyclopedic feat of literature. It is moving, funny, sad, erotic, educating, gross, bawdy, explicit, crude; it is all these and more. It is playful with form; it is literate at all times, piling references and allus
Oct 02, 2012 Vilma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a review, simply wonderin why the fuck nobody has read this? D.Keith Mano and Felipe Alfau fans - where are you? This book is for you! Throw in a bit of Joyce too and you will get a pretty good picture what Del Paso is up to - its a hell of a ride to be sure, especially if you love tons of medical details and have a strong stomach. Probably one of the best treasures Dalkey has published over the years - I am serious, folx! ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Alaíde rated it it was amazing
Este libro es una fiesta, un homenaje a la ciudad, al país, al cuerpo, al siglo y al español.

Gracias, Fernando del Paso, vive por siempre, es todo lo que te pido.
Feb 25, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful torrent of language, like Joyce on E, a young man in Mexico in love with his cousin. Makes you laugh out loud it's so beautiful, reminds you what it's like to be young. The sheer energy, love of life and words.
Gustavo Enrique  Ortiz Clavijo
Llegué a esta obra por amor y conocí el amor desbordado por la escritura, en sus sentidos posibles para un escritor como Fernando Del Paso, en su nivel estético, crítico e histórico. Una obra que ha sido maljuzgada al etiquetarla de "inmensas arquitecturas verbales", pero que guarda un entramado filosófico crítico, bastante específico para poder mirar y soñar la vida del México del siglo XX y porque no, de la sociedad del siglo XX, que tuvo un sueño- la revolución del 68- y aún no hemos podido e ...more
Hay que ser muy talentoso y tener un dominio magistral de nuestro idioma para alargar la frase "Palinuro es un chingón, sabe todo lo que hay que saber de medicina y anatomía y además se la pasa cogiéndose a su prima" por seiscientas cincuenta páginas. :V

Creo que tengo un problema semejante al que tuve con Rayuela. Puedo ver que es un buen libro, y puedo comprender que a la gente le guste mucho, pero fue muy difícil para mí lograr mantenerme en su frecuencia.

Tal vez nomás estoy menso. :(
Sandra Bermúdez
Una de las obras más bellas jamás escritas en castellano. Forma, fondo y lenguaje. Este libro es un viaje de placer infinito.
Apr 29, 2015 RK-ique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have not the patience to continue. Surrealist? Perhaps. Other have tread here before me only to assign five stars. If only I were not such a literalist perhaps I too could have gone beyond my single pentagram.
Jul 12, 2009 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably not "great" if you aren't mexican. If you are, it will be the best book you will ever read.
José Juárez
Sep 27, 2012 José Juárez rated it it was amazing
Esta es sin duda la mejor novela que he leído en mi vida :,)
J.M. Hushour
This is one of those sure-fire books that get all the modern literature majors excited at their po-mo, creme-limned Starbucks orgies. Lacking any sort of coherent structure and plot, the novel is largely a series of infinitely interesting sexual episodes between the narrator and his cousin in their infinitely interesting apartment interspersed with some lively pranking done by the narrator and his medical school buddies (e.g.stealing cadaver's penises and forming mega-penises with which they win ...more
Bruno Martinez-Leo
Jun 15, 2013 Bruno Martinez-Leo rated it it was amazing
Palinuro de México, por fin lo termine. No pretendo ahondar mucho porque es un libro difícil se definir. Tiene muchos toques sátiros y otros tantos escatológicos; pero esta lleno -llenísimo- de referencias culturales y literarias, así como médicas (ese es uno de los motivos principales del libro; lo que podría hacer que algunos no estén muy interesados en este o, bien, les parezca vago y sin sentido). Pero si debiera reducir lo a escasas palabras diría que es un excelente ejemplo de verborrea ar ...more
Anaí Palacios
Aug 26, 2014 Anaí Palacios rated it it was amazing
La segunda vez me gustó más.
Un libro de amor, con personajes totalmente fuera de lo común. Surrealista pero muy cuerdo.
Todos los enunciados son frases épicas.
Jan 31, 2011 Tuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dalkey-archive
what i remember most about this was how deviantly sexy some of the images were. that and palinuro is all the characters in the book at once.
Julio López
Nov 18, 2013 Julio López rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una larga travesía por mundos fantásticos y caminos llenos de creatividad y buen humor. Entre los diversos conocimientos de medicina y de literatura, el autor nos lleva por situaciones tan diversas como la vida misma. Política, amor, sexo, violencia, teatro y más situaciones se mezclan dentro de la historia. No es una lectura fácil, pero la forma en que cada lector aborda las subidas y bajadas de una sola frase, permite que, con la lectura firme, se vislumbre la genialidad del escritor.
Daniel Trejo
Nov 22, 2015 Daniel Trejo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feb 15, 2015 Broch rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
hmm.. maybe if I would read Palinuro when I was younger and not read Cortazar, Echenique, Donleavy. Seems a little naïve and dated now. Still good story for younger readers.
Aug 27, 2013 Carla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lo único que encontré rescatable fue el capítulo sobre el 2 de octubre del 68, los chistes sexosos y la discusión por ver quién tiene la verga más larga.
Leo Grosso
Sep 22, 2008 Leo Grosso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El malabarismo verbal de un genio de nuestra epoca, Fernando del paso, un libro con tintes autobiograficos que alimenta la imaginacion.
Aug 23, 2015 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully crafted sentences and memorable images, grotesque sexual escapades and gruesome medicalia, and no plot to speak of.
Sep 01, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good chapter is the one where half is spent lighting farts on fire and half on brutally repressing student protesters.
Dec 14, 2009 genki is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Palinuro is a man full of strange adventures worth to remember!! a book full of urban life! greaaat
Jan 05, 2013 Ilana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For sheer word smithery and verbal high jinx, this has got to be my favorite of all time!
Dec 20, 2014 Adrián rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todas las palabras del mundo.
Apr 19, 2015 Omar rated it really liked it
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Fernando del Paso es un cuentista y novelista mexicano. Cursó hasta el segundo año de la carrera de economía y llevó un seminario de literatura comparada en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UNAM. Trabajó en varias agencias de publicidad y fue becario del Centro Mexicano de Escritores (1964-1965). Colaboró en diversas publicaciones, como La Palabra y el Hombre, Vuelta y Revista de la Univers ...more
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“This is a work of fiction.
If certain characters resemble people in real life, it is because certain people in real life resemble characters from a novel.
Nobody, therefore, is entitled to feel included in this book.
Nobody, by the same token, to feel excluded.”
“Lo que nunca jamás pudimos medir fue nuestro amor, porque era infinito.
Era, si, como cuando Palinuro le preguntaba al abuelo cuánto lo quería.
- Mucho, muchísimo le contestaba el abuelo Francisco.
- Pero ¿cuánto, cuánto abuelo? ¿De aquí a la esquina?
- Más, mucho más.
- ¿De aquí al Parque del Ajusco?
- Más, muchísimo mas: de aquí al cielo de ida y de regreso, yéndose por el camino mas largo de todos y regresando por un camino todavía más largo. Y eso después de dar varios rodeos, de perderse a propósito, de tomar un café con leche en Plutón, de recorrer los anillos de Saturno en patín del diablo y de dormir veinte años como Rip Van Winkle, en uno de esos planetas donde las noches duran veintiún años: porque a mi me gusta levantarme temprano, cuando menos un año antes de que amanezca.”
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