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Diario de La Guerra del Cerdo

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  438 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Vidal, heroe que no ignora las debilidades, enfrenta con dignidad y coraje ese misterioso compromiso que nos incumbe a todos: el de vivir. Este libro duro, por momentos sombrio, no es, sin embargo, pesimista. La caracterizacion de los personajes es brillante y el dialogo fluye con fiel naturalidad. Los vibrantes episodios narrados dejaran en el lector recuerdos vividos y a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 28th 1993 by Emece Editores (first published 1969)
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Hugo Emanuel
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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Ryan
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
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
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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Ssvenkat
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 .




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.....
Xtian Gutiérrez
La manera como describe una guerra silenciosa sin siquiera escribir una escena de violencia es genial
Anais Casanova
Una breve y amena reflexión sobre los efectos del paso del tiempo y del culto a la actualidad del que muchos somos partícipes.
Mon Margo
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
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.
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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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“He believed he understood, for the first time, why people say life is a dream: if you live long enough, the events of a lifetime, like the events of a dream, cannot be communicated, simply because they are of no interest to anyone.
Human beings themselves, after death, become figures in a dream to the survivors , they fade away and are forgotten, like dreams that were once convincing, but which no one cares to hear about. There are parents who find in their children a receptive audience, with the result that in the child's credulous imagination they find a last semblance of life, which quickly dims out as if they had never existed. ...”
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