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The Wake

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"What do I feel?" asks the narrator, Nora GarcÃa, as she goes back to a Mexican village she has not visited in years to attend the funeral of her ex-husband, a famous pianist who has died of a massive heart attack. This deeply moving novel is the unspoken answer to Nora's self-questioning. "The heart has reasons that reason knows nothing of," Pascal said, and this aphorism ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Curbstone Books (first published July 15th 2002)
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This book is by a contemporary Mexican author who has won skads of awards. It is a quick, but difficult and sometimes tedious read. Nina, a famous cellist returns to a small Mexican town for the wake of her former lover, a noted composer and pianist. It is a circular, stream of consciousness, peppered with memories of their life, and details of classical pieces. It is beyond postmodern in that there is not plot and no paragraphs, and nothing happens. Glantz does capture the texture and rhythm of ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Terry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Patrick White's The Cockatoos
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Variations on themes of Art, Death, Life, Love.
In his 1671 work Les Pensées, French Enlightenment thinker Blaise Pascal wrote, "Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point," or, "The heart has its reasons that Reason knows not of." This phrase, in variation, runs in counterpoint to another penned in 1956 by Argentine lyricist Cátulo Castillo, “la vida es una herida absurda” (life is an absurd wound)["La última curda," a tango:]. He speaks of oblivion, the briefness of life, the absence
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Margo Glantz Shapiro, nació en Ciudad de México el 28 de enero de 1930. Su padre, Jacobo Glantz, había conocido a su madre, Elizabeth Shapiro, en Odesa, Ucrania, donde se casaron y emigraron a México. La familia enseguida fue partícipe de la cultura mexicana y parte activa de los círculos artísticos, el padre fue amigo de Diego Rivera. Se mudaron en diversas ocasiones por lo que Margo estudió en d ...more
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“A pale, thin, small woman, perfectly coiffed, perfectly dressed, without makeup, without a single piece of jewelry, ascetic (viperous?) (her heart sullied by the world's contagion?) stands beside Eduardo, making him gigantic: she smiles mechanically.” 1 likes
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