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Deeply moved by the unknown story of Hurbinek, that three-year-old boy Primo Levi mentioned in "The Truce", the narrator will seek to rescue his memory from oblivion travelling to Auschwitz. A car accident will hinder him from reaching his destiny. While in hospital, he'll invent the possible lives Hurbinek might have lived had he not died in the camp.
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 23rd 2013 by Hispabooks (first published November 2nd 2002)
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Antonella
No tengo palabras para describir lo dolorosa, movilizante y estremecedora que es esta historia.
Como la reseña de Goodreads lo indica, El comprador de aniversarios tiene como eje principal la breve historia de vida de Hurbinek, un niño judío nacido y muerto en Auschwitz, quien es introducido al mundo por Primo Levi en su novela La tregua. Con oscilaciones temporales permanentes el autor busca reconstruir una historia desconocida, un pasado familiar desaparecido, que permita a Hurbinek vivir en
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Milly Cohen
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yo no quería ir a Auschwitz, pero fui.
Cuando leas este libro, vas a saber de qué hablo.
No sé bien qué es peor: el horror de lo que sucedió, o la invención de lo que pudo suceder.
Todo me duele por igual.
Duele porque se habla de niños, de niños muertos, de niñez no vivida.
Está increíblemente bien escrito, inteligentemente bien sustentado,
y te lleva a Auschwitz, aunque no quieras ir.
Por favor lee este libro.
Tonymess
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
n 1963 Primo Levi’s “La Tregua” (The Truce) was released, a follow up memoir to his “Se questo e un uomo” (If this Is Man), tales of his survival in Auschwitz. In “The Truce” two pages are dedicated to a 3 year old boy, Hurbinek, who died in Auschwitz in the room holding Levi, after the concentration camp was “liberated”.

50 years later (for the English translation) we have Adolfo Garcia Ortega, obsessed by that three year old boy. To such an extent that he decides to rescue his story from
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Meek
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
El destino de uno puede hablar por el de millones. Es por eso que García Ortega elige a Hurbinek, personaje real mencionado brevemente en el libro "La Tregua" del sobreviviente de Auschwitz y famoso escritor Primo Levi, para hilvanar una historia donde el origen y posterior destino del niño se imaginan (sus posibles futuros, el romance de sus padres y su efímera felicidad en los albores de la Segunda Guerra), pero son demolidos por la verdad que fue y será por siempre: que murió a los 3 años, ...more
Senad Subasic
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harrowing. Difficult.
Michelle Lancaster
The Birthday Buyer
By Adolfo García Ortega
Translated by Peter Bush
Hispabooks Publishing
978-84-94174-452
$15.29, 258 pgs

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