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A novel of dark obsession, missed connections, and violent love.

Marcos has just been through a divorce and moved into a new apartment. He feels alienated from his ex-wife, from his daughter, from society; everything feels flat and fake to him. He begins to receive letters at his new address from an anonymous troubled woman who signs off as A. and who clearly believes she
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Riverhead Books (first published September 15th 2008)
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Abbie | ab_reads
3.5 stars

Thank you @riverheadbooks for gifting me a copy of Blue Flowers by Carola Saavedra! This is an unsettling book as events escalate to produce a disturbing and dark portrait of a violent relationship.
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For nine days, recently divorced Marcos finds letters in his mailbox from an anonymous woman writing to her ex-lover who used to live in Marcos’s apartment. Curious, he opens them despite not being the intended recipient, and quickly falls into an obsessive trance with the unknown writer.
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The Artisan Geek
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookcase
16/12/19
This book was so intoxicating, wow! Need some time to gather my thoughts - what an experience. I'm going to be thinking about this for such a long time bahahha



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jeremy
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, translation
but i think, now, perhaps it's precisely in this contradiction, in this space that opens up between what i claim and what i deny, between your suffering and your cruelty, between my suffering and my cruelty, between my body and yours, in precisely this incoherence—this is the only means of communication. isn't this space, this gap, the only place we can possibly meet?
a semi-epistolary novel of jilted lovers, obsessive rumination, and foreboding tension, blue flowers (flores azuis) is the first
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Jaclyn Moyer
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I rarely write reviews, but this was one of the worst books I’ve read in a while. Aside from the fact that I wanted to read it fast just to get to the end, but I don’t think that turned out to be a good thing.
The main character had a real issue with women, and sounded so narcissistic and snobby- he honestly annoyed me crazy. and then the letters... ahh the letters. The letters tried so hard to be poetic, but my interpretation was that the author of the letters was obnoxiously avoiding saying
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Jillian Doherty
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A compelling story, with a darkly introverted and contorted protagonist~ you had me at hello!

In its essence it reminded me of Joaquin Phoenix' movie Her.
The obsessive qualities; the pure delight in stepping away from reality to immerse himself within a fantasy~

Also for fans of Karl Knausgaard's meditative, male perspectives too.

Galley borrowed from the publisher.
Anna
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book moves like a song, not like a novel. It has a cadence and rhythm you can feel that crescendos and then cuts out suddenly right towards the end, when Marcos's fantasy ruptures. To me, it's more of an indictment of how straight men tend to idealize women and expect impossible things from them than it is lauding the perspective of a man with a boring interpretation of the world around him. And I loved it. The translation is impeccable.
Annie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was drawn to Blue Flowers, by Carola Saavedra (and translated by Daniel Hahn) because of its premise. In this short novel, a man reads letters meant for the previous tenant of his new apartment. The letters reveal the end of a tempestuous relationship and the man, Marcos, can’t help but reflect on his own failed relationships with women. I was not prepared for what Saavedra did with this premise. The relationship described by the female letter writer is a lot darker than I was prepared for. My ...more
Megan
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The description had me nervous this novel might be retreading old territory, as there are many less than stellar novels about obsession that follow a tired formula. I needn’t have worried- this novel had many unique elements along with beautiful prose that grabbed me from the beginning. The use of epistolary technique was extremely effective, and had me focused on the protagonist’s perspective long before his own damaged psyche became evident. And yet, the author avoided many predictable plot ...more
Tiago Germano
As primeiras cartas são tão "mimimizentas" que senti dificuldade de entrar no jogo de que o protagonista morria de expectativa de recebê-las. Eu seria capaz de mudar de endereço só pra NÃO recebê-las... Gostei, porém, da maneira como estilisticamente os dois narradores confluem ao final e de perceber pontes estruturais com o "Inventário...", que também acabei de ler e no qual, a meu ver, ela constrói essa dupla narrativa com muito mais classe e profundidade.
Ricardo Maciel
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro doído, sofrido e surpreendente. Têm ares de Clarice Lispector. Um grande de uma escritora jovem, mas muito madura.
Amber
Aug 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Copy courtesy of edelweiss. I don’t even have anything to say because the entire reading experience felt like time wasted.
Anthony
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Eh....The ending could have been better...
Jella
Que relato doloroso, que dor excruciante. Vivenciar o relacionamento de A. através das cartas escritas, através de seus fluxos de consciência incontroláveis, e das voltas constantes em sua linha de raciocínio em busca de explicitar as sensações deixadas pelo abandono, fazem deste livro (quase) intragável. Quanto cabe em um dia, em uma despedida? A. mostra que neste pequeno espaço de tempo cabem vidas inteiras, paixões complexas, amor e ódio em igual medida, sonhos despedaçados e quebras ...more
Paul
Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I hate this book so much?

I could describe all its annoying aspects - the repetitive, monotonous prose style; the central character, a boring narcissist; the monotonous, repetitive prose style; the pretentious premise of said narcissist receiving and reading unsigned letters intended for the prior tenant of his apartment; the prose style, which is repetitive, which is monotonous, it's repetitive and . . . okay, you get the idea.

But when a novel this atrocious is written, let alone
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Alan
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Memory tends to deceive, memory and time and the desire for things to be the way we think they were.'

In his new apartment, recently divorced Marcos starts receiving letters addressed to the previous tenant. Curious, he opens them and then over the course of a couple of weeks he starts to become obsessed with the story behind these letters, signed only as 'A'. As the letters develop, the female writer of these letters explores what turns out to have been a toxic relationship with this other man.
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Lindsay Loson
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
"What is revenge, after all, but a strange declaration of love, somebody taking revenge is always somebody who's saying: Separation, separation is a half-finished gesture and your name is repeated over again. Your name, unfinished, suspended in my mouth, that's revenge, a love that never ends."


I finally won a Goodreads giveaway with this one, and was so excited to read it. I am torn between what I think of this book - on one hand I have so many questions that have kept me thinking about what
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Catherine Garcia
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Kathleen Gray
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
An intriguing mash up of letters from A, who is mourning and dissecting her failed relationship, and the life of Marcos, a man who has failed at relationships and life. Marcos' life has spiraled out and now he's living alone in an apartment. Suddenly, letters begin to arrive, written to the former tenant and A's ex- lover. He reads them (admit it, you might do the same thing). In doing so, he opens himself to the future - and he's determined to find out who she is. The letters themselves might ...more
Marie M
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Found the story line interesting and at times thought provoking. I was anxious to finish and find out what to the characters A and Marcos. A is the author of letters sent to the previous tenant where Marcos lives. Marcos gripped by curiosity, opens and reads the letters. He becomes obsessed as his personal relationship spirals out of control. My disappointment is in the ending of the story.
Erin Ryan
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m not sure what.... happens in this book. The epistolary parts don’t really have any journey to them; they start at intensity level 11 and keep shouting the same note throughout. The ending is profoundly unsatisfying. I devoured it because I thought it was going somewhere cool and David Lynch-y, but it kind of fades out.
Kathy N
Feb 15, 2020 marked it as didn-t-finish
Made it to page 148 out of 200...
Special K
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lost in Translation? I had so much trouble getting into this book. Im wondering if the transmission lost some if the story's flow.
Michael Smith
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I struggled to get into this book, despite it’s strong concept. I felt no emotional connection to the characters, and I was just sort of happy to get through it.

Mauricio Abbade
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O que há depois do fim? O que fica, some e reinventamos após um término? Narrativa espirale incrível!
Andreas
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe keine Ahnung, was ich da gerade gelesen habe. Der Anfang war noch recht vielversprechend. Ein Mann lebt in Trennung und bekommt an seine Wohnung Briefe zugestellt, die für den Vormieter bestimmt sind. Die Versuchung wird zu groß und er öffnet sie, ohne zu ahnen, was er damit auslöst.

Der Protagonist Marcos wird interessant beschrieben, wenn auch etwas einseitig. Er weiß nicht viel mit seiner 3jährigen Tochter anzufangen und scheint einen ganz bestimmten Typ Frauen anzuziehen, der ihn
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yexxo
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine Unbekannte, genannt A., schreibt intensive, sehr gefühlvolle Briefe an ihren ehemaligen Geliebten. Doch diese gelangen in die Hände von Marco, der mittlerweile in dessen Wohnung lebt. Statt die Zeilen an den richtigen Adressaten weiterzuleiten, liest er sie selbst und fühlt sich von der Schreiberin immer stärker angezogen.
Wer sich von diesen Zeilen wie auch dem Umschlagtext und dem Cover des Buches nun eine romantische Liebesgeschichte verspricht, wird böse enttäuscht werden. Die Handlung
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Angelique
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gegenwart, rezi
Leider keine romantische Liebesgeschichte…


… wie mich das Cover und der Klappentext haben hoffen lassen.
Eine unbekannte Frau schreibt ihrem Exfreund stilistisch wunderbare Briefe, die leider inhaltlich für mich immer extremer wurden. Doch diese Briefe erreichen nicht den gewünschten Empfänger sonders Marcos, dem Nachmieter. Dieser ist ganz fasziniert von diesen Briefen und auch bald von dieser unbekannten Frau, dass er sogar seine Arbeit vernachlässigt.

Der Roman "Blaue Blumen" von Carola Saavedra
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Vanessa Goldblum
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um lindo livro. Envolvente, onde você certamente gostaria de ser o personagem do livro e receber as cartas da misteriosa remetente "A"
Stephanie Larison
rated it really liked it
Jan 31, 2020
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