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Jakarta

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this hallucinatory novel of ruin and reconstruction, a man and his lover search for closure while a virulent plague hastens disaster in the world around them.

In a chaotic city, the latest in a line of viruses advances as a man recounts the fated steps that led him to be confined in a room with his lover while catastrophe looms. As he takes inventory of the c
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Coffee House Press (first published August 2016)
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L.M. Oliveira
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro poderoso, apuesta por una prosa impecable y rica. Esto no debe confundirse con el exceso de ornatos y adjetivos, no es purple prose, como dirían los gringos. Al contrario, pone estándares altos de calidad estilística. La historia subyace tras la fuerza de las palabras. Yakarta es de la familia de Levrero, el de la trilogía involuntaria. Leer la novela no es un día de campo, pero ¿desde cuándo la literatura es sólo entretenimiento? ¿por qué tendría que fluir como una serie de TV? La p ...more
Sergio López Monterrubio
En su giro distópico, post–apocalíptico, es inteligente y humorístico. Lo demás es pura paja.
Beth M.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I finished Jakarta by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano (translated by Thomas Bunstead) this week. I’m not calling this a “review,” but I’m hoping it will spark some discussion ...

How often do you read the synopsis of a book, get SO excited and think it sounds right up your alley, only to be disappointed when you actually read it? I must say, this hasn’t happened to me very often lately, but unfortunately I had this experience with Jakarta. ☹

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Cintia
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
El día que logre obtener un grado decente de entendimiento sobre lo que trata este libro, será el día que escriba una reseña apropiada. Solo puedo decir que la palabra apropiada para definir la prosa de este libro es "fascinante"; eso junto con mi obsesión por las utopías bien construidas hicieron que este confuso libro valiera la pena.
EH
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
El bulto fue un bulto. Los chicos no le prendieron fuego en la última esquina del verano. No le dispararon. No lo humillaron. No lo agarraron a patadas todos los recreos de todos los días de todos los años. No lo llevaron a la escuela militar. No lo golpearon con cinturones ni cables. No murió infectado. Sólo dejó de estar.
Graham Oliver
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Weird little fever dream / acid trip of a book. A stone skipping along the surface of a dystopian world.
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