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El sueño de los héroes

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  653 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Las preocupaciones y los temas característicos de los relatos de Adolfo Bioy Casares se dan cita nuevamente en El sueño de los héroes, novela en la que lo fantástico irrumpe en la trivialidad cotidiana de una pandilla de amigos que, durante tres días del carnaval de 1927, recorren los suburbios de Buenos Aires en busca de aventuras y diversiones.
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1999 by Alianza Editorial (first published 1954)
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Eliana Rivero
Mar 16, 2015 Eliana Rivero rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
De los mejores finales en una novela. Aquí, el tiempo es el elemento fundamental para captar el argumento y todo lo que le acontece al protagonista: el tiempo juega en su contra y sólo Clara (el amor), puede salvarlo. El Brujo representa el caracter místico que hay durante toda la narración; el destino de cada humano tiene algo que va más allá de un mundo terrenal. En realidad, debajo de todo subyace una profunda infelicidad y decepción. Por esto, Gauna y sus compinches quieren ser héroes por lo ...more
Ger
Emilio Gauna gana buena plata apostando a los caballos y decide invitar a su amigos a salir de parranda tres días seguidos durante los carnavales porteños de 1927. Al otro día se despierta en un lugar que no conoce y recuerda poco y nada de lo que pasó la noche anterior. El tiempo pasa pero el recuerdo de ese momento lo sigue persiguiendo por lo que decide investigar por su cuenta. Por momentos un relato de fantasía y por otros costumbrista, El sueño de los héroes es una historia sobre el amor y ...more
Alayne
Mar 16, 2016 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75/5

No sé bien qué decir del libro.
Tenía que leerlo para hoy a la mañana y ni lo había empezado, así que apurada ayer lo agarré y me quedé con él hasta tarde. No hubo mucho problema: el libro tiene capítulos cortos y descripciones de situaciones bastante rápidas y simples, o así me lo pareció. Más allá del sueño y de lo poco atrapantes que se me hacían algunas situaciones (sobre todo hacia la mitad-lo último) el libro me pareció re ligero, y lo es. Se lee en nada si tenés ganas.

El problema f
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Leonardo
Nov 26, 2008 Leonardo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for some "mind-shattering" literature.
Recommended to Leonardo by: Cecilia
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Tati Dengo
Sep 26, 2012 Tati Dengo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En este libro, lo fantástico ocurre al principio, y al final. El contenido de por medio es más que todo cotidiano, y algunas veces hasta puede ocasionar que el lector se pregunte: ¿Para qué está todo esto aquí? ¿Adonde está la magia, la fantasía? La respuesta se encuentra en la conclusión de la historia, donde la importancia del contenido de por medio se aclara sin lugar a duda. Repentinamente, este se transforma en un relato absolutamente fantástico, que ocurrió de imprevisto debajo de sus prop ...more
jeremy
Oct 31, 2011 jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
adolfo bioy casares, famed argentine novelist and short story writer, was a close friend and collaborator of jorge luis borges. thus, it is unsurprising to see shared elements in each of their respective bodies of work. bioy, perhaps best remembered for his fantastical novella, the invention of morel, left behind a legacy of writings that continues to inspire latin american writers today. the dream of heroes (el sueño de los héroes), originally published in 1954, while not as illusory a story as ...more
Jeff Jackson
This novel's many bravura passages - particularly the drunken half-remembered carnival scenes at the beginning and end - made this worthwhile for me. But where Bioy Casares proved himself a master of concision in 'The Invention of Morel,' this 200-page novel often feels baggy and meandering and twice as long as necessary. The introduction claims there's more 'texture' here, but the many banal domestic scenes and psychological asides dilute what's ultimately a clever metaphysical narrative and dr ...more
Nati
Unless I'm wrong
I but obey
The urge of a song:
I'm - bound - away!

(Robert Frost – Away!)

How did I come about reading this book? Well, you might say it was the urge of a song. A few years back Raul mentioned a CD of Tango songs performed by a singer with a husky voice - as if she had just finished smoking a whole pack of cigarettes, to put it in his words.

I got me a copy of it, 'Encaje' by Adriana Varela. I liked it very much. One song in particular got my attention - Milonga de Gauna. Not speaking
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Christy
Jan 15, 2014 Christy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
This is a great idea-- for a little tale, maybe even an extended short story-- but somehow I ended up feeling it was too bad Bioy Casares didn't have his great friend Borges' love of brevity in this case. The narrative padding he adds between Gauna and his inevitable destiny isn't interesting enough for its own sake. The whole story's too easy to reduce to a single line: a woman's true love is not enough to overcome a man's overwhelming desire for violence. Which is either too simply and patly t ...more
Howard
This is a later novel written in 1954 by Argentinean author Casares, famous for his dream-like novel ‘Invention of Morel”. The tale takes place around Platense in 1927.

I needn’t spend too long outlining the story: Emilio Gauna, aged 21, wins some money on a horse and he takes out a group of friends including the dubious Dr Valarga Sebastian during a carnival. On the third day, affected by drink and fever, Gauna sees a mysterious masked girl with another group at club – he feels he has missed an
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Pablo Flores
Apr 30, 2015 Pablo Flores rated it liked it
Como le ocurre a algunas otras personas, encontré que el libro era demasiado largo y divagante. Toma bastante tiempo entender de qué va el personaje y cuál es su "problema", la cruz, el sentido de su lugar en la novela, porque ABC se distrae en discursos improbables de personajes secundarios, en descripciones para entrar en clima, en pensamientos inconexos. Todo esto tiene el objetivo de sugerir el ambiente social y mental de Gauna y sus amigos, pero a veces todo está tan sugerido que termina si ...more
Ben Winch
Jan 16, 2012 Ben Winch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. The prose is so Borgesian it's a joke, while the plot is so freeform (read non-existent) it's like Roberto Arlt's The Seven Madmen without the grit or inspiration. Testament to the dangers of being friends with a genius. You can see Bioy invoking Arlt to free himself from Borges and failing miserably.
Alfredo Rottenmeier
Jul 23, 2014 Alfredo Rottenmeier rated it did not like it
No soporto el tostón costumbrista de 3/4 partes de la novela.
Sol
El sueño de los héroes es una novela que podemos dividir en tres partes. La primera narra los sucesos que le ocurrieron a Emilio Gauna y a sus amigos durante los carnavales del 27. La segunda parte abarca la vida de Emilio entre 1927 y 1930 y por último, la parte final nos relata los hechos ocurridos durante los carnavales del año 30. Durante los carnavales del 27, Emilio salió a divertirse con sus amigos, se emborrachó y no recuerda bien que ocurrió. Por momentos, se le vienen ciertas imágenes ...more
Cristian Mihai
May 20, 2012 Cristian Mihai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though The Dream of Heroes is far from the quality of The Invention of Morel, it has a certain allure, based both on the style and on the plot itself, that qualifies this novel as one of the finest works of art.

The story itself is quite simple. At a carnival in 1927, Emilio Gauna gets drunk with some of his friends. At which point there's a sequence of hazy events that he almost forgets entirely, except for a masked woman. This strange apparition makes Gauna want to try to see her again. So
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Brad
Feb 14, 2010 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Destiny is the stuff of military movies and love stories. Meandering tales of real life don’t often concern themselves with such epic notions. But “The Dream of Heroes” does, in its subtle way. Cesares uses the book to tell us that fulfilling your destiny has its perks. As Guana lives out his premonitions and prepares for his death he feels a sense of calm purposefulness. That’s nice. Cesares even tells us that “what happened is what had to happen” (p133). But following your destiny blindly is o ...more
Susan
This book was rather difficult for me to read, but I couldn't decide whether that was my fault or the author's. It seemed to ramble a lot, and for a long time, I had trouble figuring out where it was going. The ending did a very good job of tying it all together, and finally making it make sense; but there were times I didn't think I'd make it that far.

The author was a contemporary and friend of Jorge Borges, and there are slight elements of magical realism here, although the author almost apolo
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Joaco Destéfano
Jul 23, 2016 Joaco Destéfano rated it it was amazing
Éste es el libro que anhelé toda mi vida. La amistad, el amor de barrio, el tiempo, los sueños, la cotidianidad, el leer en 2016 una historia situada en el 1927 con ganas de ir a tomar algo al café Platense o a la confiteria Los Argonautas. Es lo que hacen las grandes historias, hacen que uno renuncie al tiempo, son las ventanas en nuestra oscura casa del presente.
Freder
Jun 22, 2016 Freder rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Came to me as a recommendation from another writer whom I greatly admire. So I thought this would be great. Instead, I found it turgid and impenetrable, impossible to know what it's about. I had to abandon the reading.
Brian K.
Jul 23, 2010 Brian K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Casares, a contemporary and friend of Jorge Luis Borges, constructs a novel so full of potent machismo and swagger, and magic. The book is firmly in the magical realism genre and presages the Magus by John Fowles. Emilio Gauna has a dream-like experience at the 1927 carnival that even the happiness brought by marrying and settling down can't shake. His visions of a masked girl, a reeling dance, and a knife fight under the silver moon eventually drive him to reconstruct that mystical night, despi ...more
Sylvia
Apr 09, 2014 Sylvia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La esencia de la novela es buena, pero creo que la alargaron mucho. Lo bueno, está al final... el destino siempre lo encuentra a uno.
Leyla
Dec 06, 2015 Leyla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No me convenció; esperaba encontrar mas similitudes con los relatos de Borges y me encontré con algo distinto.
Bastet
Apr 11, 2012 Bastet rated it did not like it
Pues va a ser verdad que Bioy Casares era misógino. Porque el odio que siente Emilio Gauna por su mujer, Clara, es fiel reflejo del que siente Bioy Casares por las mujeres. Y no me extraña que tuviera celos de su compadre Borges, porque Borges escribe mucho mejor. "Estaba en un estado que pudo imaginar cualquier cosa"; "Vagamente sospechó ya haber estado en ese lugar". ¿Qué forma de escribir es esa?
Novela cansina que gira en torno a una premonición (que termina por cumplirse) que hubiera dado p
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Makii
Sep 10, 2011 Makii rated it really liked it
Es bueno saber que existen tan buenos autores en nuestra literatura Nacional!
Me encanto esta obra de Casares! Toca un tema que realmente me encanta que es el del destino! Nadie escapa a el...lo que pasa pasa y siempre es siguiendo algún designio o mandato! Es asi....muchas veces renengamos de las cosas pero todo pasa porque asi esta escrito! y eso no se cambia. Esta obra claramente demuestra eso...podemos esquivarlo y prolongarlo...peor NUNCA le podemos ganar al destino!

"-Tal vez yo imagine dos
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Agustina Cardozo
Nov 30, 2014 Agustina Cardozo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mezclando lo cotidiano con la "magia" del destino, Bioy Casares relata una historia en la que el destino juega gran parte y, donde también, los personajes tratan de desafiarlo. De este modo, se le plantean al lector las cuestiones clásicas sobre si es posible cambiar nuestro destino o si, por el contrario, es irremediable.
Diego
Mar 12, 2016 Diego rated it really liked it
Un clásico de Bioy en todo su esplendor
Carlos Ortiz
Este libro tiene una historia con momentos buenos, con la desventaja de que se alimenta de estereotipos bastante predecibles para tocar un gran tema como es el destino y las profecías autocumplidas que muchas veces nos arrastran.Hubiera sido muy bueno que dicho tema fuera enmarcado con una mejor historia.

Kurt
Feb 27, 2013 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to beat The Invention of Morel, although The Dream of Heroes certainly doesn't disappoint. The novel held my interest from start to finish, but Bioy Casares excels in building the atmospheric finale. In hindsight, I have to wonder if this influenced Mario Vargas Llosa's The Green House.
Printable Tire
Feb 22, 2009 Printable Tire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was excellent! The author/translator captured perfectly the ambiance of doom, fate, premeditated chaos, the mystical and circular experience of carnival. Much better than "Rhapsody" (The Eyes Wide Shut book) though they share a similar subject.
Rita Brinkerhoff
Jan 30, 2008 Rita Brinkerhoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rita by: G$
When reading a book feels like a combo of having a dream and having a friend tell you a story. That's my inarticulate description. My preference is feeling bowled over and having my mind blown - which this did for my bad ass!
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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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