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„Клара и сянката” е смразяващ трилър, удостоен с престижната испанска награда „Фернандо Лара” за 2001 г. и с най-реномираното световно отличие в областта на криминалната литература – наградата „Дашел Хамет” за 2002 г.

Последният писък на модата в световните артистични среди е „хипердраматичната картина", при която за платно се използва човешкото тяло. Подписани от големите
Paperback, 602 pages
Published November 18th 2006 by Колибри (first published 2001)
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There are some exquisite books on the market. Gargoyle and Technosmose were deranged, but Davidson is a toddler in comparison with Somoza, and Mathieu Terence is Somoza’s equal but much colder writer.

Extravagance of this book is definitely not going to hit everyone’s buttons and this is probably the main reason why this book isn’t popular and will not be heart openly welcomed by majority. Maybe I’m writing wrong review here, putting Davidson and Terence in the same box with Somoza, giving the
Vania Cherveniashka
Книга като тази те карат да въздъхнеш облекчено, че не живееш в толкова сбъркан свят, но също така те кара да се замислиш, колко ли време ни дели от нещо подобно. Когато човек е празен и не намира смисъл и причина за съществуването си, много лесно би станал жертва на подобно течение, което зад фасадата на „възвишеното изкуство“ крие уродливото си лице. Нима вече не е факт огромният брой хора, които вярват на шамани, гурута и всякакви измислени сладкодумни шарлатани. Светът става все по-либерален ...more
Христо Блажев
В #Книголандия: “Клара и сянката” на изкуството, подчинило телата и душите:
Без съмнение Хосе Карлос Сомоса е психопат, знам го още от изумителната перфидност на последната му книга – “Стръв”, – но „Клара и сянката” затвърди това ми убеждение. Макар жанрово да са трилъри, и наглед да изглеждат точно от оная комерсиална лавина, която механично залива лавиците на книжарниците (едни и същи имена, едни и същи изтъркани сюжети), книгите на Сомоса са от съвсем р
This is a book written with cinematic approach. It has an interesting idea, and is written in a captivating fashion but that's as far as the good things go.
In my opinion this isn't a good book, it is something you can kill time with. I didn't like it because the way I judge books is very specific - I insist that it should either be incredibly funny in an intelligent way or it should have a profound message. The only valuable idea this book provides is that objectifying human beings is evil. But
Elko Vázquez Omar
Un libro alucinante, aterrador, en el que los seres humanos son utilizados como obras de arte al posar horas y horas en cuadros vivientes y servir incluso como muebles de lujo.
Conoceremos al maestro Bruno Van Tysch para quien las personas no son más que motivos de su arte decadente y un medio para obtener dinero.
Descubriremos el arte manchado, cuadros realizados con personas que incorporan asesinatos y torturas.
Una obra muy original del maestro José Carlos Somoza que vale la pena leer.
Eva 'Nomad'
Книгата е необичайна, жестока, на места извратена, надали ще се хареса на всеки, но мисля, че изследва интересно крайностите, до които може да стигне изкуството и тези, които правят изкуство за пари. Много бързо успяваш да се почувстваш въвлечен в живота на картините, дори разбираш безжалостната логика на това ХД-изкуство и докато обръщаш страниците, вървиш като хипнотизиран към неизбежния край, затварянето на кръга, финалния щрих на пълното обезчовечаване.
4.5. Y ese 0.5 menos responde a cuestiones puramente subjetivas: el excesivo hincapié en la vulnerabilidad y sensualidad de los personajes femeninos (que sí, que son objetos, pero es algo que siempre me ha puesto nerviosa) y esa frialdad del mundo que presenta el autor, que hace que me sea imposible empatizar ni que me importe el destino de sus personajes. También me irritó vagamente adivinar desde el primer asesinato la identidad del culpable, pero eso se compensa de sobra con los demás compone ...more
This is an amazing thriller. The suspense builds up and the book gets darker and darker as it progresses. At the end I literally screamed out loud at one point because the suspense got too much for me. I've read all sorts in my time but I've never actually screamed at a book before. Luckily I was alone at home so I didn't get any strange looks from anyone. However this books also explores issues around modern art. How far could it go? What IS art? Who decides if something is art or not? I enjoye ...more
Svetlozara Kabaktchieva
Невероятна, обсебваща, страшна, страховита, смразяваща книга за изместването на границите на модерността и морала!
Tiempo DeLetras
El arte ha evolucionado saltando de los lienzos a los cuerpos de modelos humanos en lo que se denomina pintura hiperdramática. Desde el punto de vista técnico y como los cuadros de cualquier pinacoteca actual se tratasen, los modelos pasan por una etapa de imprimación para posteriormente recibir las pinturas directamente sobre sus pieles. Acompañados por un atrezo y una iluminación determinada pasan a convertirse en auténticas obras de arte que se exhiben en museos, galerías o en el salón de qui ...more
Posiblemente Somozaq sea el mejor escritor de thrillers en España. Su imaginación no tiene límites y esa mezcla eterna entre lo imposible y lo verosimil siempre se diluye deliciosamente. Todas sus propuestas nacxen de escenas o situaciones muchas veces poco crebles o poca apegadas a nuestra realidad para convertirse en un fresco aterrador de lo que nos rodea. Con Clara y la penumbra nos introduce en un pervertido mundo artístíco tan imposible conmo real.Hablaremos de muchas c osas, de la degeada ...more
The Art of Darkness

"Maybe you see further than I can see,
Or maybe things just look differently
Maybe I'm nothing but a shadow on the wall
Maybe love's a tomb where you dance at night
Maybe sanctuary is an electric light
I get so tired it's like I'm another man,
And everything I see seems so underhanded
I don't see anything that I want,
And I don't see anything that I want

Image, object, & illusion
Go down to the corner
Where none of the faces fit a human form,
Where nothing I see there isn't deformed,
Mike Philbin
'read' means 120 pages in and 'just didn't get it'.
couldn't struggle on with it.
it meant nothing to me - no story, no characters, no titillation even, just some kids getting painted.
book didn't seem to know what it wanted to be, horror, fantasy, police investigation, thriller?

gah, 1* and unfinished.
I gave it two stars, primarily because the author ruined a perfectly interesting plot with two many unnecessary passages which lead to nowhere. Numerous flash backs, dull discussions ... Too much of everything. The novel would be an excellent crime story if shortened by half.
If I haven`t read `The Athenian Murders` first, I would give it 5 stars. This way it is more 4 1/2 stars. Still, both books are pure pleasure to read and consider about.
One of the most thought-provoking books I have read in a long time. A really interesting and gripping concept. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
Interesting way to learn about art. Never would think of modern art in that way.
Razan Sijeeni
Beautiful, antagonizing, and inhuman... but it shows how far art can go
A thoroughly dark book. The sense of chiaroscuro throughout is increasingly electric.
The text itself is delightfully and sometimes frightfully imagistic, with painterly depictions - realistic, other times impressionist, expressionist or even surreally observed (and only coming into clear focus with time - as with misleading cinema edits). I read much of the book with the smell of oil paint firm in my mind (I painted in ochre for several days straight and the colour happens to recur frequently),
My Inner Shelf
J’ai découvert Somoza avec La théorie des cordes, puis avec La Dame no 13. L’auteur ne cachait déjà pas une bonne part de folie et de génie. Pour un ancien psychiatre on ne pouvait espérer moins. Avec Clara et la pénombre, il propose à nouveau un univers bien particulier, raffiné, un style délicieux, qu’il met au service de propos abominables. Car si l’on se penche sur le fond, à savoir une forme d’art qui implique la soumission physique et mentale d’êtres humains, il y a de quoi frémir. Somoza ...more
I FINALLY read this after having it checked out for over three years (thanks, IU!) as an antidote to all the children's/YA lit I've read over the past semester, and it served its purpose well. The author considers many fascinating questions on what society values in art, and while some of the concepts took some time getting used to, I really enjoyed seeing how art could translate into human form, and how they correspond to art in the real world (originals vs. knock-offs, high vs. low, etc.). I e ...more
Feb 29, 2008 Jam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like speculative worlds and mysteries.
Recommended to Jam by: Meg
The basic premise of the book is that at some point around the 1950s, it became common for artists to use people as canvases.

A canvas stays in one position for hours, is prepped to become a blank state, physically and mentally, so the artist can use them to create art. The canvas is, wants to be, perfect for the artist to work on and aims to give up their *self* for the eight hours a day they are that painting, for the time that painting is on show, until someone else becomes the canvas and the
Cindy Smith
a provacative near future mystery. humans as canvases for art that have to be 'stretched' and 'primed'. the better ones get painted and are masterpieces sold for millions. others sold and used as ornaments and 'utensils' (think chairs, lights, tables, ashtrays, etc).

talking about a 'masterpiece' that was murdered:
"It cost that much precisely because it was not a girl. It was a painting, Lothar. A masterpiece. Do you still not get it? We are what other people pay us to be. You used to be a polic
Vraiment un livre passionnant! Une réflexion sur l'art et les valeurs en général. Je ne m'y connaît pas vraiment dans le milieu de l'art, mais ça m'a touchée quand même. Dans ce livre, les tableaux sur toile sont dépassé et les oeuvres humaines ont la cote: c'est l'art hyperdramatique. Les "toiles" humaines restent des heures sans bouger, sans boire, à être exposées. Il y a les oeuvres et puis les objets, les gens qui n'ont pas su être assez bons pour être toiles. Il y a ceux qui sont pour, ceux ...more
I cannot help but urge people with a curious mind to read this book. In fact, I urge everyone to read it. I'm not sure everyone will enjoy it, but I think it'll take place in the hearts of some as it did myself.

The heavy descriptions so many people refer to are actually very beautiful - if you enjoy really drinking in the surroundings, understanding your place in the novel. At times it's grotesque, but at the same time it's amazingly delicate.

I'll admit, at the end of the novel I was... disappo
Simon Hollway
Somoza performs a highwire act by flawlessly sustaining the central conceit of this unique thriller. A few pressure leaks emerge halfway through but, whether through chance or design, the faulty metaphors apply perfectly to other creative formats: the sub-text is less about the art world and far more a damning allegory of the fashion and film industries, also snatching up in a cruel embrace, reality and talent TV shows. The artist/'canvas' dynamic Somoza obsessively explores is, again perhaps ac ...more
Jean-Philippe Gaudette
C'était mon 2e roman de Somoza, et j'ai encore une fois été vraiment agréablement surpris. J'avais des attentes, après avoir lu l'excellent "La Caverne des Idées", et ce roman les a surpassées.

Somoza réussit, dans Clara et la Pénombre, à inventer une nouvelle forme d'art, l'art hyperdramatique, peint sur des toiles humaines qui posent pendant des heures, immobiles, dans des musées, et à y donner vie de façon incroyable. Tout, du jargon utilisé aux techniques décrites en passant par la commercia
Un libro lleno de intriga y que te hace reflexionar sobre un mundo en el que las personas son los lienzos de hermosas obras de arte.
Tras leer este libro se te queda en la mente una pregunta ¿Qué haríamos todas las personas si pudiésemos ser recordadas por la posterioridad, venderíamos nuestra factor humano convirtiéndonos en un simple lienzo que puede ser pintado a su gusto?
Καιρό είχα να δω στον ύπνο μου βιβλίο που διαβάζω και μου συνέβη χθες βράδυ. Το εύρημα του Σομόθα -μια τέχνη που για καμβάδες χρησιμοποιεί ζωντανούς ανθρώπους- μαζί με τους νοσηρούς φόνους που διαπράττονται δημιουργούν μια πνιγηρή και ταυτόχρονα εφιαλτική ατμόσφαιρα μέσα στην οποία ξεδιπλώνονται με τον πιο ανάγλυφο τρόπο προβληματισμοί και σκέψεις μεταξύ άλλων για τα όρια της τέχνης, το ρόλο του ανθρώπου μέσα σ' αυτή και τη ματαιοδοξία του καλλιτέχνη. Εξαιρετική -έτσι για αλλαγή- και η μετάφραση ...more
Magnolia Lotus
This is a great read -- clever, suspenseful (but not in a distracting way) and extremely provocative. It concerns a new form of art in which young women (and a few men) allow themselves to be used as "canvases" (that's what they're called) to create living works of art. The idea is fleshed out in tremendous detail, even as the story -- a conventional policier -- plays out. The murders are perplexing exactly because it isn't clear whether or not they too are a form of Art. Meanwhile, for the youn ...more
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