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La torre herida por el rayo

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Elías Tarsis y Marc Amary son dos genios enfrentados. Ante ellos, el tablero sobre el que se decidirá el campeonato del mundo de ajedrez. A sus espaldas, dos complejas historias personales marcadas por el amor, las fobias, las intrigas políticas y la casualidad. Ganadora del premio Nadal de novela y del Nabokov internacional de novela, La torre herida por el rayo recorre, ...more
Published by Automatica (first published January 1st 1983)
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Nate D
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: radical splinter sects
Recommended to Nate D by: Chessmaster 2000
Chess is life. i.e. Chess is sex, religion, madness, psychoanalysis, and extremist marxist politics. Probably a satire of the failure of the fragmented Left that was unable to prevent the rise of fascism across Europe in the mid-century (contemporary relevance?), but also too caught up in its world and twinned socio-political chess grandmaster histories to be entirely reducible as such. Which keeps it more involving than cleaner allegory. And despite the general weirdness of the protagonists, ...more
Alejandro Saint-Barthélemy
Una de las mejores novelas españolas del siglo XX, Premio Eugenio Nadal e inclusión en la lista de 100 mejores novelas hispanoamericanas del sigo XX por el periódico El Mundo.
Ajedrez (la partida misma, movimiento por movimiento, y cómo se sienten y en qué piensan los ajedrecistas), personalidad (Amary y las casa para las suyas, inolvidable)..., ¿hace falta +?
Que este hombre no tenga el Nobel..., bueno; pero que no tenga ni el Cervantes es una broma envidiosa española demasiado chabacana, de tan
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Christopher Staley
Sep 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in history, philosophy
You can't get any weirder or better than this one. The Tower Struck just goes to show that you can make your main characters blatant symbols and have your book not suck if you make it about chess and feature a creepy talking Mickey Mouse doll. Why bend a few rules when you can break them all.

Arrabal's pretty well known for his plays, but it's beyond me why he's not more famous than he is. His theater is far better than the annoying Ianesco (sp?), and his novels stand up to the weirder literature
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Mirella
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escogí esta novela de forma aleatoria de la biblioteca de mis padres y no la conocía. Ha sido un gusto leerla y sorprendentemente he aprendido algo de ajedrez. Me perdí un poco por la mitad del libro, pero el final me pareció bueno y digno. No sabría decir si la recomiendo o no porque creo que solamente gustará a cierto tipo de lectores.
Enrique Torres
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Miguel Poveda
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
El pintoresco literato Fernando Arrabal nos plantea aquí una trama centrada en una partida de ajedrez, en la que los dos contendientes son dos personajes de lo más singular. En el transcurso de la partida, el lector conoce el devenir de ambos hasta que han llegado a jugárselo todo en ese último lance final por el Campeonato del Mundo de Ajedrez. Los dos se odian mutuamente y poco a poco se sabe por qué. El resultado es una obra muy original, con toques de puro surrealismo (algo que no extraña en ...more
Norbert Barth
Unterschiedliche Charaktere sitzen sich gegenüber und spielen um die Weltmeisterschaft im Schach. Während die Partie voranschreitet, erhalten die Leser Diagramme eingeblendet mit dem Ablauf der Partie. Zwischendurch fügt der Autor biographische Skizzen ein, um die Hintergründe der Schachspieler zu verstehen. Es war eine angenehme Lektüre während den Zugfahrten.
Denise
Mar 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
About halfway through I got bored and started skimming. Just wasn't interested in all the stuff the two main characters did leading up to the final chess match. Sure am glad I didn't pay much for this book. Just didn't do anything for this reader although the chess play was good.
Margo Solod
Nov 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love books about chess, which is odd, as i don't play it. and this is a magnificent read, clever, at times surreal, and yet the author is so skilled you are willing to go along for the ride. anywhere.
RavN
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esperaba algo extraño, en la linea del teatro de Arrabal, pero me encontré una novela genial, con un final perfecto y redondo.
Alberto Delgado
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
a mi no me gustó este libro. Tal vez los jugadores de ajedrez lo valoren de forma distinta.
David Costo puerta
Potencial bueno, secuestro y ajedrez, pero relleno malo solo con flashback de personaje muy pirados.
auiliuinti
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letratura
Absolutamente genial.
Erik
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

the guy who wrote this was friends with Jodorowsky who directed those movies El Topo and Holy Mountain
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Fernando Arrabal Terán (born August 11, 1932 in Melilla, Spain) is a Spanish playwright, screenwriter, film director, novelist and poet. He settled in France in 1955, he describes himself as “desterrado,” or “half-expatriate, half-exiled.”

Arrabal has directed seven full-length feature films; he has published over 100 plays, 14 novels, 800 poetry collections, chapbooks, and artist’s books; several
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