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3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  174 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
En el Burgundy. ¿Podrías -dijo Trafalgar- escribir un cuento con cada uno de mis viajes?. -Ni loca -le contesté-. En primer lugar los cuentos propuestos por los demás nunca sirven: los cuentos lo eligen a uno, no uno a los cuentos. No me repliques, mirá que el maestro Borges está de acuerdo conmigo. Fumó y me miró a través del humito azul del corto negro sin filtro pestile ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published 2006 by Emecé Editores (first published 1979)
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Libro de cuentos que en realidad parece una novela, escrito en un delicioso español de Argentina. Reseña completa: http://www.libros-prohibidos.com/ange...
Stefan
Trafalgar by Angélica Gorodischer is a wonderful and deceptively complex little book that will play havoc with your mind in general and any preconceived genre expectations you may have in particular. I highly recommend grabbing it for that reason alone, but read on if you need more convincing.

Angélica Gorodischer is the Argentine author of more than twenty books, only two of which have been translated into English thus far. The first one of these was Kalpa Imperial, translated by Ursula K. Le Gu
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Pablo Bueno
Oct 20, 2016 Pablo Bueno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curiosa manera de narrar las cosas. Los relatos contienen ideas interesantísimas, pero contadas con la tranquilidad de quien se toma un café (u ocho) para intercambiar chismes con un viejo amigo.
Mateo R.
Son buenos, amenos. Ciencia-ficción blanda (como casi toda) pero re blanda: los alienígenas son prácticamente humanos (tanto físicamente como en cuanto a varios aspectos de su organización social) y parece que todo el universo habla el mismo idioma (¿español?). Detalles que no importan, la ambientación en planetas lejanos parece ser una excusa para hablar de ciertos temas y dejar volar la imaginación. Todo bien salpicado de argentinismos y un aura macanuda: las aventuras espaciales son relatadas ...more
Justin Howe
Mar 31, 2013 Justin Howe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reads a bit like sitting in a cafe with your grandmother's youngest brother, the great uncle that traveled everywhere and never seems to stop smoking, drinking coffee, or holding your interest with the accounts of his adventures.
Antonio Ceté
Sep 19, 2016 Antonio Ceté rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo bueno de que lo haya escrito una señora de Rosario es que no me da envidia pensar que nunca voy a escribir la mitad de bien. ¡Es que no soy de Rosario!
Danelle
Jan 28, 2013 Danelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of science fiction, magical realism, and S. American writers
Trafalgar Medrano is a salesman who travels to distant galaxies. He'll tell you of his latest escapades - where he's been, the trouble he encountered, the women, and how he got away just in time - but only if you sit with him while he leisurely describes his adventures over seven coffees. Don't rush Trafalgar, he'll get to it; you just have to be patient.

An excellent book of short stories of the magical-realism/science fiction genre. Ten stories in all, and you, reader, are the person Trafalgar
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Jorge Roldán
Aug 13, 2015 Jorge Roldán rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angélica Gorodischer nos presenta a Trafalgar Medrano, un particular personaje de Rosario, adicto al café, a los cigarrillos negros, y a las mujeres hermosas. Con su nave espacial "El Cacharro", viaja solitario por el universo vendiendo un poco de todo, y de paso viviendo las más extrañas aventuras... o al menos eso cuenta él a sus amigos y conocidos cada vez que vuelve al Burgundy, el bar de su querida Rosario donde Marcos sirve el mejor café de la galaxia.
Por medio del relato indirecto, utili
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Ger Stormchaser
Aug 25, 2015 Ger Stormchaser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una obra fundamental de la ciencia ficción que toma un tipo de relato antiquísimo (el del narrador dentro de la narración) y le da un giro bien argentino. Y que a pesar de la jerga utilizada podrá ser disfrutada sin dificultad por todo el mundo. Fresca, irónica, rebosante de humor y creatividad. Imposible no sentirse un poco amigo de Trafalgar Medrano luego de conocer sus peripecias por los planetas más extraños del universo.
Wally
Excellent Argentinean science fiction that follows the adventures of Trafalgar, a businessman who somehow travels through outer space, finding strange places, revising old SF tropes, and telling his tales amidst copious amounts of coffee. This is SF for people who don't really like SF, but who do like really good storytelling.
Anasylvia
I love me some Trafalgar.
Liliana
Feb 06, 2008 Liliana rated it it was amazing
Cada vez me gusta más!
Aaron Kent
Oct 07, 2013 Aaron Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Curious and enjoyable. Reminded me of Stanislaw Lem's work for some reason. I could easily see Trafalgar being played by Alfred Molina in a very good Terry Gilliam film.
Brianne Reeves
Sep 03, 2015 Brianne Reeves rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I'm not as big of a fan of this as I was of Kalpa Imperial, but it has the same atmospheric storytelling style that Gorodischer is so good at.
Laura Lucas
Jun 12, 2017 Laura Lucas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. If you aren't familiar with South American spec fic, this book is a great introduction. Though the main character is a standard "male seducing his way through space," the framing and individual story structures are charming and the descriptions have a mellow beauty. Has a feeling of golden age SF about it.
Ultra Violet
Oct 24, 2016 Ultra Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a strange read, but enjoyable. I do sometimes like to read these weird books which don't make much sense.
Bbrown
Oct 10, 2016 Bbrown rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Much like Kalpa Imperial, Trafalgar is a book that I enjoyed but that didn't knock my socks off. It is very similar to Kalpa Imperial overall, as the book is essentially a short story collection with lightly interconnected elements in terms of content, with a stronger interconnectedness provided by the style of the telling. Kalpa Imperial was, defined broadly, fantasy. Trafalgar is science fiction. In terms of the stories themselves, Kalpa Imperial is likely a better work, since the science fict ...more
Leif
Mar 15, 2013 Leif rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It must be said off the bat: this collection isn't quite as compelling as Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was. Nevertheless, and that's a big nevertheless, Trafalgar's collection of short stories revolving around the titular character, Trafalgar Medrano, is an adventurous and at times thrilling read, employing classic science fiction tropes and themes perhaps most familiar from Keith Laumer's many books about the interstellar diplomatic agent Jame Retief. While Gorodischer's Trafa ...more
Althea Ann
Picked this up shortly after reading Gorodischer's Kalpa Imperial, yes, because it was translated by Ursula K. LeGuin.
This book had a different translator, but the 'voice' is very much the same (confirming, I guess, that both translators did a good job!)

I didn't like this one as much; but it was still enjoyable, and it did have quite a few similarities, both in format and theme. Both books are very concerned with the narrative voice, with storytelling as a human phenomenon. Both are (sort-of) co
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Ryan Mishap
Oct 11, 2014 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The original publication date of 1979 should have scared me away but the translator is a local and my armizare instructor said it was a great book.

The potential is there: an Argentinian businessman travels the stars selling things to the peoples of various planets and he likes to drink coffee and tell of his adventures when he returns. The science fiction elements are inventive and there, but these little tales are really bawdy adventure stories filled with jokes and lighthearted banter. I could
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Timothy Pecoraro
This was book, I picked up virtually at random from my local library. It was VERY short book of short stories all concerning the main character who's name is the title of the book. It wasn't the least bit bad in the sense that the stories were entertaining. But it was a very strange work in that there were many inconsistencies of time and place that were never really explained in the work at all. But I did enjoy reading it and the translator did an amazing job. I would probably recommend this b ...more
Kaushik Iyer
Jan 25, 2015 Kaushik Iyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Wonderful story-telling.

If you think about memorable raconteurs in literature, there's some names that immediately come to mind (The Oldest Member in Wodehouse, Zaphod Beeblebrox in Adams). Add Trafalgar to that list.

This was a charming set of vignettes, part science fiction, part magical realism. Cozy and fun.

Less than Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was, but a pleasant accompaniment to a mug of coffee.
Dave
Dec 27, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trafgar is a really nice blend- like a fine coffee, capable of conveying many nuances of flavor - libertine sensuity, golden age sci-if tropes, philosophical inquiry, wonder, action, travelogue, and humor. Lots of humor.

Reminiscent to me of some bizarro varient of Conrad's Marlowe tales, with (unspecified how) interstellar Instead of intercontinental trade as the propulsive force.

Fascinating not least for being Argentine, and thus for me echoing Borges. And showing sense of gender relations mad
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Benjamin
Feb 19, 2013 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Kalpa Imperial, it's a mosaic novel of interconnected short stories. This time they're stories about a man who tells outrageous stories of his travels to other planets. Not really fiction, not really science fiction either so the book falls somewhere in between. Each story essentially has the same plot, but that never bothered me at all as it's so well written.
John Devenny
Feb 28, 2013 John Devenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a kick lately of reading translated specfic from non English speaking authors. Read stories from China, Brazil, Sweden and Latin America. The best was Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck but this one is not too far behind. It is a novel consisting of interconnected stories all concerning Trafalgar Medrano who is either an interplanetary traveller and/or a good story teller.
Tim Hollo
Dec 12, 2012 Tim Hollo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering Kalpa Imperial is among my favourite books ever, I was bound to be at least slightly disappointed by Trafalgar. I enjoyed it very much for the quality of the story-telling, but it reaches nowhere near the dizzy heights of creativity and the incredible depth and breadth of vision that is Kalpa Imperial.
Chris
Very different from Kalpa Imperial, still retains her brilliant fun style in translation. Essentially a rogueish intergalactic salesman gets involved in lots of crazy adventures which may or may not be true. Not revolutionary but plenty of old fashioned fun.
Tim
Sep 06, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great writing, that focuses on characters, curiosities and tall stories first and foremost. Trafalgar's space ship is referred to as "the clunker", which I love. Land, lock the doors, begin the next adventure!
Jeff
Apr 21, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Excellent, fresh voice with a good style, that reminded me of early Heinlien. We follow Trafalger Medrano's adventures as he wheels and deals across the cosmos, fueled by black, unsweetened coffee. My favorite story revisited Isebella & Ferdinad's court, with discovery aided by the 'clunker.'
Kelly
read the intro and the first two stories, skimmed the rest. Wasn't really my thing, but I like the writing.
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Angélica Beatriz del Rosario Arcal de Gorodischer es una multipremiada autora argentina reconocida como una de las figuras femeninas más importantes dentro de la Ciencia-Ficción y Fantasía iberoamericana, aunque ha trabajado otros géneros.

Traducida al alemán y al inglés (en este idioma la traductora fue Ursula K. Le Guin), es autora de una docena de novelas y multitud de relatos.
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