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"تتلقى روساريو رصاصة بينما هي تتلقى قبلة، هكذا يستهل خورخي فرانكو روايته، وفي تلك اللحظات التي تقضيها روساريو معلقة بين الحب والموت يحكي لنا الراوي قصة عشق غريب وغامض عاشه من طرف واحد معها مسترجعاً بنقلات لافتة ماضي ""روساريو"" أو بالأحرى ما استطاع معرفته من ماضيها، وهي التي نشأت في مدينة ميديين حيث السلاح والجريمة والفقر واتخذت من المقص أداةً لتنفيذ كل جرائمها حتى غدا لصي ...more
Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 180 pages
Published 2020 by دار ممدوح عدوان للنشر والتوزيع - دار سرد للنشر (first published November 30th 1998)
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Fabian
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The P.O.V. of the heartbroken young dude--his story of THE story--makes Rosario Tijeras absolutely realistic. That the villains have no faces, no attributes but BADness elevates the work: makes it contemporary, makes it more immediate and more terrible. You have very little idea what our titular antihero is involved in, but the redness of blood is omnipresent. You get a sense of this generation of Colombian malcontents.

A stellar read: you sigh at the fact that so little pages remain til the tra
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Pammy
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book over 20 times!
Ok, so I fell in love with the character herself (in my opinion one of the greatest characters of all time) but I really think Jorge Franco did an amazing job with this story!
It makes a point on everything from Colombian culture, to poverty, to sex, to violence, to love, to women's rights, to forgiveness, to vengeance.
It's pretty much the most kick-ass book I've ever read... and I read alot! =:)
It sucks you in to the heart of Colombia and all these sexy drug-b
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Jim
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting is Medellin during the drug wars of the 1990s. There are three main characters: the beautiful but deadly Rosario Tijeras (which means "scissors" in Spanish), her current boyfriend Emilio, and the narrator Antonio, who is hopelessly in love with her.

At the very outset, Rosario is shot and taken to the hospital. Antonio reminisces about the love he bore for this strange woman who is fighting for her life in a Colombian hospital. The clock on the wall is permanently stuck at 4:30 as he
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Nela
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sorry, but this was completely not what I expected at all. The cover mentions gangs, street fights, drugs and a lot of violence. All I get is a violently tacky love story, where 3 men have a legendary fapfest over a woman they don’t really know, and who pisses them off at every possible occasion. Nope.
Juan Arellano
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
(Versión en castellano luego del texto en inglés.)

I had some curiosity about this book, I have not seen neither the film nor the series that were made based on it, but that's not what caught my attention, but to dig a bit in the origins and in the most representative of what has come to be called narcoliterature, novels of drug dealers or sicarios or even "sicaresca".

The genre is very common in Mexico and also in Colombia. But even people like Pérez-Reverte have dabbled in it (La reina del sur).
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Liz
Originally read this in English in 2010, when I first moved to Medellin; re-read in Spanish for my current Spanish language book club.

IMHO this book does many things very well. I like the sections that explore the line between truth and memory. Rosario is a very mysterious, removed and unknowable character, and her dialogue always seems authentic (to me, at least). The drug conflict and the "duros de los duros" are never made explicit and instead lurk in the background, which I thought was a mo
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Nikos79
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jorge Franco has recently (2014) received a very interesting award, Premio Alfaguara de Novela, which I 'm trying to follow, for his book El mundo de afuera. It hasn't been translated yet in my language, however I was lucky to find another book by him, which unfortunately seems to be out of stock at this time in Greek. So, Rosario Tijeras is the name of the main heroine of this book, she is in the hospital after getting shot, fighting for her life, and this is her story told by a very close frie ...more
Andy Weston
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 1980s this is a story of the Medellín Cartel, soon after Pablo Escobar had taken control of the city with a reign of terror. This was the background to the author's childhood, so much of it is based around his personal experiences.
The novel is centred around three young characters barely twenty years old, whose descriptions are very much the highlight of the piece.
Rosario, who has the nickname of Tijeras, meaning scissors, which she got after she dealt with a man who raped her when
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Nikki
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first noticed Rosario Tijeras on Netflix. It was March, 2018. Netflix had uploaded the 2016 Mexican telenovela, Rosario Tijeras. This telenovela is a remake of the 2010 Columbian telenovela, which is itself based on the novel, Rosario Tijeras. (Side note: there is also a 2005 Columbian film based on the novel.) Anyway, I watched the first few episodes of the Mexican telenovela and thought: "I've been meaning to get into Latin American literature. This may be a good place to start."

The story t
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Maria
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to pick this book up, but unfortunately this turned out to be a huge disappointment. It wasn't really a bad book, but I can't think of a single thing that would make it actually good. It feels like a half-baked idea made into a book that has nothing original to offer. The characters feel one-dimensional and underdeveloped. They have one or two character traits and that's about it. This books tries to be deep, but it kind of feels like a 13 year old on Tumblr. For a story abo ...more
Themis
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own_read
I think I've read this book at least 10 times within a week. The narration starts in the present, then it goes back and forth (at least that is how I remember it).
If you want to read something powerful, sad,and violent, read Rosario Tijeras. It's a quick read that will make you wanna read it again as soon as you're done reading it.
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Lindsey
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Marta
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not a bad book. The writing style is nice, the language is beautiful, but it just didn't click with me. I feel like I don't know the characters at all. Honestly, I had hard time believing that Rosario was this badass bitch everyone made her to be. She seemed helpless, listless and passive. I don't know man.
Also, I wasn't the biggest fan of the narrator. He seemed to be kind of... a nice guy, you know? He claimed to love Rosario, but did he? It felt like he knew nothing about her and appreci
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Ana Porras
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is not to love about this book? A strong female lead, vivid and accurate descriptions of Medellín (Colombia), excellent dialogue, etc... Jorge Franco does a wonderful job of depicting violence while a the same time getting us to care for and understand Rosario, who is as much a victim as a perpetrator. I've read this book in both English and Spanish. If you speak Spanish, this book is meant to be read in our language. A lot of the richness of the dialogue gets lost in translation! ...more
Peter Watson
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look at the chaotic world of drug and violence infested Medellín of the 1980s and 1990s, through the feelings, eyes and lifestyle of upper class Antonio and the lower class assassin Rosario Tijeras. This is a love story of violence, where love and death are often meaningless, where violence is banal and routine, where the barbaric periphery has invaded urban Colombia and brought it to its knees. A good read
Antonio Matta
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great novel from a great author.
Juan Rairan
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cry in the end
Caroline Dabre
It’s a heartbreaking but engaging tale of a woman whose story is told solely from a man’s perspective
Stefhan Riascos
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great, Real, colombian violence with a sensual killer love
Allison
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am more willing to accept this book as a translation, but ultimately, the language did not quite fit the novel. Its constructions and vocabulary were too simplistic for the deep emotions it was trying to convey, and therefore it came across as not presenting anything new or unique: it was just a story of unrequited love. The main characters--at least the narrator and Rosario--were complex and interesting enough to remain engaging throughout the novel, but the actual story of Rosario and the na ...more
Katie
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have so many mixed emotions about this book. At first the narrator annoyed me a lot, and I really dreaded reading it. Then somewhere along the way, this book kind of snuck up on me. I found myself really relating with it and feeling really moved by it. I almost teared up at one point and was confused because I didn't think I was so connected to the characters. This book is essentially all inner monologue and dialogue and virtually no setting, which I think detracts from the story at some point ...more
Julie
Jun 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although a very short book, it packs in a lot of emotion and imagery of 1980s Medellin when violence, drugs and sex were a part of everyday life. Rosario is a young woman born into and caught up in this dangerous world and whose story is told from the viewpoint of her friend/lover who is obsessed with her. You love her, pity her, hate her all at once in this labyrinth of events. The best writing of the book lies in the last five pages when you feel the aching pain of love and lust of the narrato ...more
Bilingual Librarian
Garcia Marquez has only blurbed two authors in his life, Jorge Franco was one of them (the other is Alvaro Mutis). He said, he hoped Franco would carry the torch for the next generation of Colombian writers.

I didn't think this book was quite all that, but it's definitely a good read, and a great example of contemporary Colombian authors who are walking away from Magical Realism, and into a genre full of urban violence.

The Colombian singer Juanes also wrote a song about the story in this book, wh
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Susan
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: colombia
Having visited Colombia last year, I am quite interested in literature in translation from that country. This book, by an author unfamiliar to me, took a while to engage me. A young man, name never disclosed, has fallen deeply in love with Rosario, a girl from the hillsides of Medellin. He and his friend, Emilio - who becomes her lover - are from upper class (and lower geographically) families. This book takes place at the worst of the drug/violence times in recent Colombian history. A fiercely ...more
Héctor
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Héctor by: my daughter
A good portrait of every day life in Medellin; told through the eyes of a young man blindly in love with the heroine. It reminded me of the Indian movie based on a real story, the Bandit Queen. I found the faithful love of Antonio a little too much and not entirely credible. But nevertheless worth a read. Maybe reading it in Spanish would have been more interesting but one of the minor drawbacks of life in a small city is not finding good novels to read in Spanish. C'est la vie. ...more
Andrula
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story, written in first person b Antonio, the third wheel in Rosario and Emilios relationship.
Rosario is a granade, and the takes every one around her with her, down her path of bad choices. Rosario kisses men while she shoots them dead, until someone gives her her own medicine. She is taken to a hispital, seriously hurt, and while Emilio is in the waiting room hoping for good news, he starts telling us about their story.
Alice
Oct 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent the day at the bookstore reading (and finishing) it. I couldn't put it down. Gabriel Garcia Marquez loves his work and that should be enough to convince you to pick it up. It's a short story looking into the lives of 3 young people growing up in Medellin during a very tumultuous, drug-driven era. ...more
Kristine
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Colombian cousin brought me this book as a present. I started to read it out of a sense of duty, but thought reading in Spanish would make it work rather than pleasure. That couldn't have been less true: the story drew me in and then I couldn't put it down. A Colombian La Femme Nikita, with all of the pain and glorious gender-bending that implies. ...more
Michi
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intense story based in Medellin in the late 80's about a girl named Rosario. Her character is so raw, she is a sort of femme fatal. The Story is narrated by her friend Antonio and takes us through her life,how he met her,events, & how she can to be Rosario Tijeras. ...more
Ana Carina Fratta
I read this book in Spanish. Franco is one of the new generation of Colombian authors. Through the book you can get "a partial" view of contemporary Colombian society.If you are a gringo (please, no offense) you might just think this is a horrible, violent, novel. ...more
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Jorge Franco, born in Colombia, studied Film Direction at the London Film School and Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. MALDITO AMOR was his first book of short stories and MALA NOCHE his first novel, both of which received prestigious national awards.
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