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The Bottom of the Sky

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  263 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
At its core, The Bottom of the Sky is a novel about two young boys in love with other planets and a disturbingly beautiful girl. An homage to the history of American science fiction, it’s also about the Gulf War, 9/11, and a mysterious “incident.” It’s like a Kurt Vonnegut novel told by David Lynch through the lens of Philip K. Dick.
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Open Letter (first published October 1st 2009)
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MJ Nicholls
Locating the correct nouns or verbs or consovowels or whatever for reviewing a Fresán novel is a thankless hecksercise. Fresán reduces me to sounds like “haaooo” and “whaaee” as saliva oozes from my awestricken maw. The Invented Part, a kaleidopaedic encycloscope, published last year by Open Letter, was an astonishing polyphonic sprawl, a feverish ref-stuffed masterpiece running at the frantic brainspeed of DFW, with the lyricism and impishness of a Fuentes or an Infante, yet insanely modern. Th ...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
"I don't think you can stand outside the universe." --KV

Best Translated Book Award '18 went to Rodrigo Fresán and trans'r Will Vanderhyden for The Invented Part. This is #2 of the Trilogy ; no idea what's the story with #3 [no it's not] ;; heck! I didn't even know about this little volume until stumbling across a healthy stack of The Invented Part at The Village Bookshop neighbored by two(!) signed copies of this which I didn't even know exists. So I'm just writing this little note so you know t
Steven Felicelli
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's the kind of book I seek out, but had little to no feeling for the thinly drawn protagonist triad.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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we'd have become foreigners whose only comfort would be to write about precisely that: about belonging nowhere after having seen everything.
and we'd be happy.
the delight in reading certain authors often resides in their beautiful and commanding use of language, or relishing in the imagination required to tell a heretofore untold tale (and tell it well), the acuity and care taken in crafting believable characters, or even the thought-provoking asides which serve to enrich an already engaging narr
Eric Novello
Fraquinho. Aqui o Fresán brinca com a ficção-científica, com o fato de ser um gênero considerado menor, com nerdices e comportamentos meio bitolados que quem acompanha o meio reconhecerá facilmente, principalmente nas gerações mais antigas de autores e do fandom de FC.

É bacana que seja um livro desconstruído, quase como fragmentos de uma história que não precisam girar em torno de um acontecimento. E o texto do Fresán é absurdamente bem construído, literário, com frases que independem do todo p
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
QUE LIVRO, meus amigos <3
Bixos Vilches
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Para decirlo en pocas palabras: leer 'El fondo del cielo' es como mirar las estrellas en una noche despejada, y entonces llenarse del brillo que inunda, desde su altura, ese conjunto de astros, y entonces sentir que algo de la distancia que nos separa del infinito se queda al alcance de sus páginas. Como prácticamente toda obra de Fresán, es un libro para extraviarse en su tiempo y espacio, viajar y escapar, brevemente, lejos y no tan lejos, y al final volver con la satisfacción de haber visto, ...more
Bárbara Prince
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Três jovens amantes de ficção científica, um livro misterioso, um amor eterno. São esses os elementos principais do romance não linear de Rodrigo Fresán. A história, simples e bela, fala sobre como se conheceram, como se relacionaram e que rumo tomaram as vidas desses três jovens: Isaac Goldman, Ezra Leventhal e a misteriosa garota pela qual eles se apaixonam. A narrativa é primorosa, e dá um toque especial à obra.

O livro
Pop Bop
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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Calm Down and Enjoy This for What It Is

I started this book with a very bad attitude. It was lavishly overpraised in the blurbs that accompanied it, it opened with the self-satisfied and condescending vibe of David Foster Wallace at his most digressive and pretentious, and it had the temerity to suggest to me that it was going to rival Vonnegut and "Slaughterhouse Five", but with added touches of Borges and Philip K. Dick.

Well, I've come around, and I rather enjoyed a good deal of this book. Pic
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Não queria dar somente 5 estrelas, queria dar todo um Tikkun ha-Olam, um abraço, uma festa de chá em que dançaríamos ao futuro enquanto o profeta de Montreal canta todas as verdades sobre a criação da Bíblia.
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fresén en baja forma es todavía Fresán. ¡Qué puedo decir! ¡Me sigue gustando bastante pese a que no me entusiasme!
Rodrigo Bastidas
Hay cosas que se deben hacer dos veces: rehacer. Rehacer conlleva la idea de que la primera vez las cosas se hicieron mal o se deshicieron. No hay otra lógica para que se haga algo de nuevo, otra vez. Borges consideraba la literatura una especie de loop infinito de la que decía: lo bueno de leer es que es posible releer. Así, la relectura como única forma de entender bien los niveles profundos de la palabra. Y ya había empezado este post hace un año o más; en la primera versión agradecía a María ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reseña completa en mi blog, Booksick!

Hay cosas en la vida que no se pueden explicar. Como cuando me preguntan por qué me tardó algo así como un mes terminar un libro de 250 páginas, un libro que debería haber terminado (algo tan obvio para todos los que me lo dijeron) cinco minutos después de empezar. Pero no creo que lo que defina cuánto te toma leer algo sea la cantidad de páginas, sino más bien... bueno, no sé más bien qué, pero si hay algo de lo que estoy segura es de que estuve casi un mes
Nacho Grassia
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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No puedo decir mucho acerca de este libro. Primero porque no me atrevo a hablar de él por no estar a su altura. Después porque hay tanto en este libro que necesitaría diez mil páginas de Internet para llenar acerca de lo que genera y lo que contiene.
El autor lo describió una vez basándose en tres claves: es una historia de amor, una historia acerca del fin de los finales del mundo, y una historia de amor universal.
Estoy completamente seguro de que llena las tres premisas de una manera magistral.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't know what to think really, other than that this book is a serious abuse of both parentheses and the em dash.

I feel like I should have known this book wouldn't be my favourite by this quote on the cover: "A vision as entertaining as it is profound." Profound is not generally what I'm looking for. And often when someone describes something with "As [blank] as it is [blank]", only the second blank is true. Or it's actually not very much of either thing. In this case I'd say the book was muc
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Up front, I am not a particular fan of the science fiction genre. I think this novel is brilliant! The prose is lovely, the characters are fascinating, and above all, the story is laced with thought provoking and evocative ideas and concepts. The reader is introduced to the original "Faraways", comprised of three young people who are passionate about science fiction. From there, blast off to planet Urkh 24 or That-Place-Where-The-Most-Disconsolate-Melodies-Can-Be-Heard. Be prepared to feel confu ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm waffling here. I didn't find this as brilliant as some of the reviewers, but there's certainly something there.
Jhones Rocha
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Uma história não de ficção científica, mas com ficção científica. Que no final é o mais longo livro de amor. Sério, esse foi um livro que me surpreendeu no início ao fim. Um quebra-cabeça que que quando conseguimos precariamente juntar as peças fazemos wow e quando juntamos tudo ficamos embasbacados.
Arthur Tassinari
É um livro com uma construção sensacional de personagens. Agora, se não fosse um livro com uma construção sensacional de personagens, ainda assim mereceria cinco estrelas só pelo episódio em que (view spoiler) ...more
Renato Quiroga
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
J'ai eu un peu de peine à suivre. La narration est très belle et le texte est assez captivant. Par contre il faut s'accrocher pour suivre le fil rouge. La fin m'a paru un peu "en queue de poisson".
La façon que l'auteur a d'aborder des sujets d'actualité récents (11 septembre, guerre en Irak, ...) est assez troublante. On est au cœur de l'événement mais on maintien un détachement, une distance, qui sont très troublants.
Sinon, l'auteur le dit lui-même, "ce n'est pas un roman de science-fiction,
Sebastian Uribe
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una de las novelas más hermosas que he leido, donde no importa tanto el argumento, sino lo que se dice y piensa a traves de los personajes. La profundidad de los mensajes, viajes deslumbrantes al fin del mundo o al comienzo de todo. Ciencia ficcion como plataforma para algo superior que no terminamos de entender, pero que igual refleja una fuerza avasalladora. Este es el origen de una "fresanmanía"
Moises Sheinberg
Un libro que disfruté mucho, especialmente por estar lleno de referencias a otras obras de ciencia ficción. La estructura resulta un poco confusa en momentos y toma tiempo embarcarse en la lectura, sin embargo, una vez cautivados, la novela es disfrutable y propone ideas que llevan a la reflexión. Creo que puede ser un libro difícil para lectores no aficionados a la ciencia ficción que no encontrarán la relación con varios guiños que tiene el libro.
José Vicente
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pufff...."Peaso" de libro...Me he quedado con ganas de leerlo otra vez...Quizas baste con darme uno de esos "viajes temporales" que se dan aqui los personajes del libro para releerlo....Aunque con eso estaré leyendo otro libro a la par que imaginando mundos nunca pensados.... Imprescindible...Pag 1. De nuevo.
Mario Soares
Aug 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Narrativa pobre y confusa. Pura perdida de tiempo con tantas otras cosas
más interesantes y de mejor estilo literario para leer.
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"La preocupación es cómo ofrecer la versión más noble posible del fin del mundo"
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Rodrigo Fresán nació en Buenos Aires en 1963 y vive en Barcelona desde 1999. Es autor de los libros Historia argentina, Vidas de santos, Trabajos manuales, Esperanto, La velocidad de las cosas, Mantra, Jardines de Kensington, El fondo del cielo y La parte inventada.
“Se puede sobrevivir a la certeza de que una determinada mujer es la más hermosa que jamás se ha visto, sí; pero es tanto más difícil seguir viviendo luego de experimentar el convencimiento absoluto de que esa mujer es y será, también, la más hermosa que jamás se verá en toda la vida.” 2 likes
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