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Een schrijver van Spaans-Italiaanse afkomst vraagt een journalist om na zijn overlijden de roman af te maken waaraan hij een groot deel van zijn leven heeft gewerkt.
Paperback, 414 pages
Published 2009 by Nieuw Amsterdam (first published January 1st 2006)
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Silvia
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be perfectly honest, I didn't start enjoying it until after the first 100 pages. My first impression was that it was the typical, slightly pretentious, modern Spanish novel, with far too many characters and stories which you can't relate to or understand fully. But it all started to improve after the first few chapters. It's an interesting story about the Spanish community in Brooklyn, about relationships that go beyond family ties and commonly-accepted models,it definitely makes you want to ...more
Carlos Manzano
Una novela decepcionante. Demasiado deudora de su planteamiento argumental en un principio (un argumento además poco atractivo, con unos personajes que adolecen de falta de interés y cuya relación es tosca, esquemática y en buena medida difícil de entender), en su parte final trata de enmendar ese error pasándose al campo contrario, es decir, proponiendo un juego formal un tanto caótico y gratuito, y, lo que es peor, menos interesante aún que la parte argumental. Solo le salva el capítulo XIII, ...more
Edson Quintanar
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escrita de forma excepcional, Eduardo Lago escribió una de las mayores novelas en español que se han publicado. A pesar de su poca fama, esta obra se alza como una de las grandes historias inspiradas en EU. Néstor quien se queda a cargo de finalizar la obra de su amigo ya fallecido, Gal, rememora y presenta reflexiones sobre la amistad, el amor y los hechos que forman a los personajes, revistiendo a cada uno de ellos de forma sencilla y bella a la vez.
Felix Martin
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Para mí este libro ha sido uno de los mejores descubrimientos literarios de 2017. Para nada me imaginaba un libro tan profundo, tan intenso y en el que me viera tan reflejado a veces. Es casi como una novela de Auster pero todavía más original.
Sophie
Jun 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"I'd looked at the city without being contaminated by its reality, as if the taxi had been a sterile bubble that protected me from direct contact with things."

Tadzio Koelb
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my review in the TLS:

Call Me Brooklyn moves between Nestór’s voice and Gal’s: Nestór’s recollections of how he met Gal, of the people and places they had in common, alternate with selections from Gal’s notebooks. Many chapters are self-contained vignettes. One explores the life of the recently deceased Sam Evans who, having gone blind, supported himself by exhorting strangers to read a few words from any page in his worn leather bible. Sam would then recite the verse from memory. Gal visited rarely,/>Call
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Maria
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mooi, zeer mooi boek. Het heeft me zeker aanvankelijk veel moeite en inspanning gekost om in het verhaal te komen. Het is voortdurend verwarrend wie er aan het woord is, de diverse ‘vertellers’ lopen door elkaar heen, daar moet je aan wennen en heel goed opletten. Er duiken personen op waarvan je geen idee hebt wie dat nu weer zijn. Verder zijn er talloze verhaallijnen die soms pas later op hun plaats vallen. Daardoor is het niet zo toegankelijk.

Maar als je het dan eenmaal doorhebt en je goed c
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Ellen Hampton
Having read the book in translation (floja soy!) I won't be too critical, there's a layer of interpretation that comes through the translator. But it didn't hook me. I felt like the form was taking precedence over the story and the characters were tools of the form, rather than leading it.

Part of the disappointment might have come from reading it just after Siri Hustvedt's Blazing World. She uses a nearly identical form of diary entries, first and third-person observation, jumping time sequence
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Pim
fascinating, a brilliant read. very layered, and sometimes a little hard to follow who the "I" is, this is a beautiful story of a man trying to piece together the last novel - and the past - of his writer friend who passed away.
i bought this in brooklyn, and the only caveat is - don't expect to find a lot of the city in this book. although it is partly set there, the action takes precedence over the locales.
Mara
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E’ uno di quei libri in cui bisogna superare le prime fatidiche pagine : all’ inizio sembra di perdersi, poi si scopre che la trama e’ molto coinvolgente e mai banale . Il libro e' composto da piccole storie che possono anche essere lette separatamente ma sono in realta’ tutte collegate, portando il lettore fino all'epilogo che riserva sorprese
Amaia
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una lectura exigente pero interesante. Una novela de la que se considera marca un antes y un después en la literatura española. Coordina una coreografía de personajes, espacios y tiempos, que parecen independientes pero que convergen. Un argumento simple que ha generado una novela compleja.

http://librodelosviernes.blogspot.com...
Cuca Marques
Confesso que só não desisti do livro por teimosia. Após as primeiras 100 páginas o livro torna-se, contudo, mais interessante. É uma leitura confusa, de qualquer modo, que oscila sempre entre alguns episódios que captam a atenção e outros cujas personagens não deixam qualquer marca.
Joshua
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Speciaal! Moeilijk in het verhaal te komen maar uiteindelijk valt de hele puzzel in elkaar als een mooi geheel waar je niet op uitgekeken raakt, de verschillende verhalen als meerlagig schilderij verspreid over de tijd ...
Catherine Carberry
This is an incredible novel. I've just finished writing an effusive review for The Rumpus and cannot recommend it highly enough. About writing and New York and love and belonging, and a complex & astute homage to the authorial process.
Kai Guerrero
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Es maravillosa. Nostálgica, pero sorprendente. Simplemente cautivadora.
Catharina Blaauwendraad
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Het was een plezier dit boek te vertalen. Uitdagend, afwisselend, verrassend.
Zie ook: http://www.nieuwamsterdam.nl/noem-me-...
Agnesca
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai hésité entre 3 et 4..
Mais ça fait tellement longtemps que je n'ai pas lu de livre qui me donne envie d'y revenir chaque soir, que je lui attribue volontiers un 4, même si un peu décousu.
Angèle Rondeau
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complex yet fascinating! Completely absorbing and a true discovery of dark sides of imagination and New York!
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Eduardo Lago (1954) vive en Nueva York desde hace 25 años. Doctor en Literatura por la Universidad de Nueva York y profesor de Literatura en Sarah Lawrence College. Fue director del Instituto Cervantes de Nueva York. Colabora con diversos medios de comunicación y sus entrevistas a grandes de la literatura son memorables. Ganó el premio de Crítica Literaria Bartolomé March por El íncubo de lo impos ...more
“Een van de dingen die ik leerde tijdens het schrijven van de roman, en ik heb er veel geleerd, was hoe moeilijk het is om nie te hechten aan de valse schijn van waarheid die een geschreven pagina wekt.” 1 likes
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