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Rumah Kertas

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,294 ratings  ·  886 reviews
Seorang profesor sastra di Universitas Cambridge, Inggris, tewas ditabrak mobil saat sedang membaca buku. Rekannya mendapati sebuah buku aneh dikirim ke alamatnya tanpa sempat ia terima: sebuah terjemahan berbahasa Spanyol dari karya Joseph Conrad yang dipenuhi serpihan-serpihan semen kering dan dikirim dengan cap pos Uruguay. Penyelidikan tentang asal usul buku aneh itu m ...more
Paperback, 76 pages
Published 2016 by Marjin Kiri (first published 2002)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
La Casa de Papel = The House of Paper, Carlos María Domínguez
In the spring of 1998, Bluma Lennon, a Cambridge academic who has just acquired a copy of Emily Dickinson's Poems from a second-hand bookshop in Soho, is knocked down and killed at a crossroads. Following Bluma's death, a colleague finds in her house a copy of Conrad's The Shadow Line inscribed with a mysterious dedication and crusted around the edges with what appears to be cement. Intrigued, the colleague begins an investigation whic
Dion Yulianto
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it




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Vicky Hunt
Beautiful and picturesque, The House of Paper is a comedy that "analyzes" bibliophiles everywhere. It is set in Uruguay, and was my read for that country in my Around the World in 80 Books Challenge. It is a delightful little book that is not available in either e-text or audio. I ordered it in the small hardbound format used from Amazon. It arrived in excellent condition and was a quick read with barely over a hundred pages.

I counted approximately 83 references to classic books and/or authors
(review in English below)

Na verdade, é mais um 3,5 mas perde, para mim, por ser quase um conto. Acho que beneficiava se tivesse mais desenvolvimento.

Mas é difícil comentar este livro.
Foi interessante "conhecer" algumas pessoas ainda mais obcecadas por livros...
Esta é uma história de obsessão, com muitas referências literárias e aquele toque de sobrenatural tão típico dos sul-americanos.

É uma pena a revisão pouco cuidada (ou inexistente?), ainda para mais num livro tão pequeno.

Recomendado sobre
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book lovers
Recommended to miaaa by: Ronny, Icha
Shelves: favourites
"To build up a library is to create a life. It's never just a random collections of books."

To be honest I have never ever thinking of something like that. Prior reading this book, as a book lover I just buy and read books that interest me or recommended by fellow readers. Domínguez provides a different insight to the literary world, that books can turn into something more than just a book. Just as human, books possess a life on it's own too.

Reading this book is like consulting a doctor, letting
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books with vast potential that is left untapped, and ultimately disappointed. The premise of the story is spectacular, Borgesian, intriguing and mysterious: a book encased in cement with an inscription to an unknown person from a recently deceased professor is sent to her office and discovered by a colleague. He decides to try to find the sender of the book (no return address) based on the somewhat mysterious inscription, and return the book.

The set up is there, and the sco
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If there's one book that I wish to be able to read in various languages, this is it. I've read the English edition back in 2008 and was in awe how such a thin book could affect me so deeply.


Setelah baca edisi Inggris, sekarang edisi Indonesia berikutnya baca edisi bahasa apalagi ya? Buku yang layak untuk dibaca berulangkali, pengingat bahwa buku adalah rumah. Dalam arti sebenar-benarnya.
Thomas Hübner
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Are you a bookworm? Great, then we have a thing in common! Are you a bibliophile, a person who loves books? You are not alone! Are you a book collector? Yes, I also belong to that species! Are you a bibliomane? Uh-oh, then you might be in trouble!

According to Wikipedia, “bibliomania can be a symptom of obsessive–compulsive disorder which involves the collecting or even hoarding of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged.” Next to this d
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
a charming little novella from carlos maría domínguez, uruguayan journalist and fiction writer, about the joys and hazards of bibliophilia. the house of paper is a slim work that celebrates the love of (and, for some, borderline obsession with) the bound and printed word. wrapped in a delightful tale about an enigmatic volume that must be traced back to its original owner, domínguez offers an exaggerated glimpse into the lives of characters for whom books represent more than mere diversionary as ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is an interesting read but the one note it plays over and over gets monotonous.

That I love books and reading isn't in doubt, but the fancies that this story intended to tickle in my inner bibliophile weren't even given over to gooseflesh. Well, at the beginning they were since the mystery setup was perfect. I've been reading through the entirety of the Sherlock Holmes stories and nothing perks my attention more than a perfect setup followed by intriguing details and capped by an equally per
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-american
This book was supposed to be one of my "metro books", but I couldn't resist the urge to finish it all in one sitting after reading the first paragraph, (which did NOT happen in subway!!). It tells an engaging story about bibliophily, that is also both disturbing and somewhat eerie. The materiality of books and the printed word have been occupied my mind since I opened an instagram account (now deleted), and started putting up photos of book covers, illustrations, sentences, etc. It is interestin ...more
Turkel Afandiyev
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The best thing I liked about this book was its shortness.
Annisa Anggiana
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-realism
Madness. Madness. Madness.
Pete Young
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who lives their life at least partially under the spell of books will almost certainly find the premise of The House of Paper captivating: a copy of Joseph Conrad’s The Shadow Line is sent by a Cambridge lady professor to a Uruguayan academic. Not long after, the professor is dead and the book suddenly arrives back in England, caked in the dust of concrete. The small mystery to be solved is not the reason for her death – that is explained away in a very brief literary indulgence – but the ...more
Astrid Lim
A very nice little book about booklovers and the crazy things we could do. This book has many quotes that have touched the deepest core of every booknerd in the world. Too many books will kill you? Checked. Books can be your friends but beware, they will be your burden after you collect them year by year? Yep. I love this book-sadly it's just too short. And also, I've read this right after I've finished a book full of symbolism too- so it's a bit too much for me. Will re-read it again in the fut ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, not great. But apparently, readers love the "romance" in this.

Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Uh. Serem.
Alpha Hambally
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In the end he possessed so many volumes-more than twenty thousand I believe—that his fairly substantial living room was filled with the kind of stacks you see in public libraries. His bathroom had books on every wall, except where the shower was, and they only avoided being ruined because he had given up hot showers to prevent any steam. Summer or winter, he always took cold showers."
This is an odd and interesting little book. 3.5 stars.
Leslie Reese
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella has the shadow world of being an avid reader and book collector as its subject.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The House of Paper by Carlos María Domínguez begins with Bluma Lennon, a distinguished professor of Latin American literature at Cambridge, who attempts to cross a street while immersed in a book of poetry by Emily Dickinson and is killed in a traffic accident. In the months that follow, a package addressed to her arrives from Argentina. It contains a Conrad novel, crusted with cement and containing a mysterious inscription. Bluma's successor in the department decides to try and track down the s ...more
This is a book about books and how they can completely take over our lives and sometimes even hurt us (or even kill us o.O). The writing style was good enough to keep me reading the book, but the plot for me was going nowhere...The characters were so blunt for me that I don't even remember them anymore. I had some illusions that something mysterious was going on with one particular book in the novel but there really was nothing going that was really disappointing...

Overall I really can't
I so wanted to love this book: the illustrations by Peter Sis are a nice touch and the premise is interesting: a book that seems to have been buried in cement mysteriously arrives at the protagonists door.

But the ensuing story is flimsy and while the writing is decent, not unique or engaging enough to warrant anything above an OK rating. If it did not have so much potential I may have given three stars...
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A last minute reading for 2015, the house of paper is a praise to bibliophilia. Full of literature stuff, titles and writers dancing within its pages, is a book worth to be read from anyone have a pure love for books and reading. Short in size and easy to read, it is very difficult to put it down, charming and interesting, includes everything we think and feel about books and much more, leaves you in the end this great taste of what books offer us.
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It got me. Moreover, it got to me. I'm going to have to take some time to reassess my relationships with books, especially in terms of possession. I think Fight Club said it best: "The things you own end up owning you." As some one who has opened my wallet for every book with a promise, this cautionary tale for bibliophiles has unsettled me as much as it has charmed me.
Becky Linares
The House Of Paper by Carlos Maria Dominguez is a book based on a girl named Bluma Lennon who died due to an accident with a car while she was reading a poem. A few days past after her death and she got a package at her door. It was a Conrad novel. Her loved one and her successor try to track down the package , to see who might've sent it to her. The package came form Argentina and it left Bluma's successor and lover in suspense. They both had to travel to Buenos Aires and see if they could find ...more
Sharayu Gangurde
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I finished this book in a little more than an hour while sitting in a bookcollector's old, stuffy storage; two walls lined with metal racks filled with books. I climbed four flights of stairs to enter that place; it even smelled musty. So, sitting there in a tiny 4X6m room, on another tiny metal chair, I found myself transported to Uruguay in Carlos's house and the beach where he builds himself another house. The beauty of this book lies in the fact that it speaks of books and a mad bookcollecto ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
seems like reading slump is done 4EVER
It's a little book about book lovers. I loved reading it.
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Carlos María Domínguez was born in Buenos Aires in 1955 and has lived in Montevideo, Uruguay since 1989.

He is the author of Mares Baldíos, a collection of short stories, as well as five novels, including La Mujer Hablada, which won the Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize, Tres Muescas en mi Carabina, which won the Juan Carlos Onetti Prize, and The Paper House, which won the Premio de la Fundación Lolita Rubi

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