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Diario de la guerra del cerdo

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  524 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Una mañana, Isidro Vidal, jubilado sedentario y benévolo, descubre que el proceso de sustitución generacional se ha acelerado. Hordas de atléticos muchachos recorren Buenos Aires a la caza de viejos débiles y lentos. Obligados a improvisar una desesperada defensa, Vidal y sus amigos deberán aprender a moverse por una ciudad fantasmagórica, apenas iluminada por las antorcha ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Alianza Editorial (first published 1969)
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Hugo Emanuel
Jun 22, 2015 Hugo Emanuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Cheguei a Adolfo Bioy Casares através de Jorge Luís Borges. Borges não poupou elogios á obra de Casares, de quem era grande amigo, tendo inclusive escrito algumas obras em conjunto com este (as quais estão atribuídas ao pseudónimo de H. Bustos Domecq)e até tornando-o como personagem de um dos seus contos (“Tlön Uqbar Orbis Tertius“). Depois de ler "Diário de Guerra aos Porcos" parece-me que de facto a apreciação de Borges do trabalho do seu amigo não foi de todo turvada pela grande amizade exist ...more
Nate D
Dec 22, 2010 Nate D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the cautious elderly
Recommended to Nate D by: Borges praise
In an unexpected foreshadowing (perhaps) of the impending Social Security crisis, this is a chilling, strange account of a Buenos Aires that has, without warning, violently turned on its elderly. Casares is best known for his collaborations with Borges, and for early work of the philosophic fantastic The Invention of Morel, which inspired Last Year at Marienbad and the second Brothers Quay feature. This late novel may actually surpass that one in many ways: War's narration gives it a much more i ...more
Maura
This was excellent--started it on a Sunday morning and ended up canceling all my plans for the day because I just couldn't put it down.

It's a short, very dark story about genocide against the elderly--the young people of Buenos Aires have decided that seniors don't contribute to society and should be eliminated. The mere concept is terrifying, and Bioy Casares did a great job of showing the atrocities that normal people are capable of doing when they're consumed by hatred. He described the mob m
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Jim
Sep 07, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adolfo Bioy Casares is one of Argenina's greatest writers of the 20th century, as well as a close friend and former collaborator with Jorge Luis Borges.

Diary of the War of the Pig is a fantasy about a time in Buenos Aires when old people are being attacked and killed by the young. The story is seen from the point of view of Don Isidoro Vidal and his friends, who get together to play an Argentinian card game called truco. Little by little, members of the group are affected as their friends disap
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Hadrian
A harrowing, chopping novella on the elderly and the young who abuse and kill them. Some dark humor, in this most depressing of stories.

My knee started hurting suddenly because I was sitting on it funny - that scared me a lot more than usual because of this novel. Age and youth.
Diego
Jan 03, 2015 Diego rated it really liked it
El primer libro que leo de Bioy Casares, me deja con ganas de leer más. En un Buenos Aires indeterminado, Isidoro, un jubilado que vive con su hijo en una habitación empieza a encontrarse en una situación extraña: los viejos empiezan a ser asesinados brutalmente por bandas de jóvenes. Esto pone al bueno de Isidoro en el brete de si él mismo se considera viejo o no, incluso sorprendiéndose pensando o actuando como un viejo, oscilando entre la rebelión y la resignación.

Lo mejor es cómo la trama se
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Ryan
Dec 01, 2015 Ryan added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Originally published in Buenos Aires in 1969, the paperback's blurb did not forget to remind readers that the novel was "written almost a decade before the death squads disrupted Argentina." Bioy (or his translators) used the term "repression squad" in the novel. Diario de la guerra del cerdo certainly predated the Guerra Sucia (Dirty War) of Argentina, 1974-1983, which would make Bioy a remarkable writer of prescience. Except that the age group for the novel seemed to have been the opposite. Th ...more
Ssvenkat
Aug 24, 2009 Ssvenkat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is indeed a slow poison , It starts with a slow pace of description , the stage set for a for a 'thrilling' discussion of a Vidal confrontation with dream like war situation which threatens to shake is otherwise comfortable 'fly in wall' approach to last days of his life . Borges always referred Adolfo as the finest writers on 20th Century .

This book was an introduction to a master story teller .




Martin
Mar 31, 2016 Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The theme is worthy and interesting, young people killing old people for basically screwing up the world, however it is not explored in depth; and worse, the characters are not developed at all. It is set in Argentina before the government started its Dirty War (although they targeted opposition and dissenters, not old people), so Adolfo Bioy Casares was certainly prescient about certain aspects of his society.

Is it possible to happen at all? Very unlikely but one has to wonder what might happe
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Mariel Zani Begoña
Una distopía interesante que nos relata la guerra entre los jóvenes y los viejos en las calles de Buenos Aires. Tengo sentimientos encontrados. Quizás deba digerirlos un poco....

An interesting dystopia which tells us about a war bethween the younger people and the old ones. It takes places in the streets of Buenos Aires. I have mix feelings about this.....
Sorin Hadârcă
Conflictul dintre generații umflat până nu crapă e o temă la care nu se poate adăuga decât dimensiunea demografică, cea dezimanizantă. Dar tocmai că personajele, creionate acuratist de Bioy Casares salvează acest roman în numele unui țel pe care, recunosc, nu l-am deslușit prea limpede.
Silvia
Jun 07, 2016 Silvia rated it liked it
Lo quiero mucho a Bioy pero esto es El Proceso con viejos en vez de procesados y Buenos Aires en vez de Praga.
Xtian Gutiérrez
La manera como describe una guerra silenciosa sin siquiera escribir una escena de violencia es genial
Anais Casanova
Jun 15, 2014 Anais Casanova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una breve y amena reflexión sobre los efectos del paso del tiempo y del culto a la actualidad del que muchos somos partícipes.
CamiBlue
Dec 21, 2015 CamiBlue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Awesome.
Mon Margo
Oct 12, 2012 Mon Margo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustaría releerla con más de 60 años encima, precisamente porque habla de los viejos en una época en la que se les ha declarado la guerra.

De entre muchas frases, esta se quedó conmigo:
"El viejo es la primera víctima del crecimiento de la población –afirmó el muchacho bajo–. La segunda me parece más importante: el individuo. Ustedes verán. La individualidad será un lujo prohibido para ricos y pobres".
Elidanora
Oct 25, 2013 Elidanora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No sabia muy bien a que atenerme con este libro, pero termino gustandome mucho.
No esperaba ese final, pero si como dice Akahige-Nide es una alegoria de la convulsionada Argentina de esos años entonces el final es una predicción de lo que vendría despues.
Pollo
Jun 10, 2016 Pollo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con una trama que podría ser tranquilamente saramaguiana, el argentino pergueña esta especie de "distopía realista" si se me permite el oxímoron. Corto, fuerte e interesante. ¡Super-recomendado!
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Winner of the Gran Premio de Honor da Sociedad Argentina de Escritores (1975), the Cervantes Award (1990) and the Légion d’Honneur da França (1981), Adolfo Bioy Casares (Buenos Aires, 1914-1999) is one of the main writes of the XX century. Also a journalist and translator, he was a friend and collaborator with his fellow countryman Jorge Luis Borges, with whom he wrote six books and created the ch ...more
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