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Las teorías salvajes

liked it 3.0  ·  Rating details ·  381 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Cuando el lector se zambulle en las páginas de Las teorías salvajes ha de saber que se adentra en un mundo de teorías imposibles dónde convergen los personajes más extraños y las ideas más extravagantes. Un pez llamado Yorick y una gatita llamada Montaigne. Una joven estudiante de filosofía que acorrala a su viejo profesor por los pasillos de la facultad. Dos adolescentes ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by Ediciones Alpha Decay (first published January 1st 2008)
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switterbug (Betsey)
I’ve read numerous novels that took place during or subsequent to the Dirty War in Argentina--the tragedy of the Disappeared, and the drama of state-sponsored terrorism that affected human values and morale, not to mention the physical danger inherent to anyone who didn’t capitulate. So I wasn’t expecting this sui generis author that wrote of the sons and daughters of the survivors, mostly in Buenos Aires, using satire, but with poignancy. Oloixarac’s unconventional and picaresque novel centers ...more
Christian
Pola no puede parar y es una lástima. Esta crítica ácida al mundo de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UBA y la izquierda academicista es desprolija y confusa. La novela tiene momentos de nitidez e intensidad pero en enseguida viene una lista de referencias, una oración enredada, un chiste fácil. Se necesita urgente un editor, porque a todo se lo termina comiendo esa necesidad de mostrar todo, todo junto, mezclado. Por eso la sátira termina decantando a provocación, los personajes a cáscar ...more
jeremy
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
i draw your attention to these delightful domestic vignettes, the intimate nucleus of my abstract bestial affections, in order to make more tangible the drastic transformation that the following pages hold. as preface to the horror, suffice it to say that the waters of this tranquil pond rose up in fraught crests as if driven by sirocco winds; that the most profound spirituality was transformed into a hurricane. kind reader: this is not a tale of obsession. my private tragedy, which shouldn't b
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Sebastian
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Pabst y Kamtchowsky son los hijos inevitablemente bobos de una generación que prolongó sus sueños revolucionarios de juventud con el kitsch político de la izquierda urbana de Buenos Aires. "Los diarios de la tía Vivi", una conversación con registro subnormal de una simpatizante erpiana con Mao Zedong es el punto más cruel de esta sátira de los géneros literarios psicobolches. La vigencia en clave de consumo irónico que recibieron textos como ese durante la llamada "decade won" debe haber instado ...more
Julio César
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julio César by: Isa
No es gran cosa. Hay momentos muy aburridos y pseudointelectuales para mi gusto. No le encontré la vuelta estética.
Emily
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. It's totally original, funny, witty and sharp. It actually depicts, in a very accurate way, society (Buenos Aires may well be Madrid) and the interactions between human individuals. How it's all connected to seduction, but in fact it's only narcisism, the need to feel loved and to love in that selfish way, all the theory about being attracted to the beast, about the duality from being hunted to become the hunted, or maybe both at the same time (which is what we really are wh ...more
Lívia
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Pretensioso, referências em excesso, desconexo, confuso.
Nick
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oloixarac crafted a novel so steeped in structuralism it reads as almost parody. If it werent for her melding of impressive erudition with subtle hilarity, this would have been so much a chore. I'm undecided if she's skewering academia or that which it tries to explain, but she does so with comedian's touch all the while abutting said jokes against Argentina's 'Disappeared'...Even when the prose is bogged down with psychology and philosophy jargon Oloixarac's sharp wit and comedy offers redempti ...more
Helena
Apr 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
/Edite esto un poco porque ya que lo están leyendo....una tiene que ser educada/
De todas maneras mis reseñas se leen como dios manda aca: http://esmifiestamag.com/

Aunque suene gracioso, bueno...lo es, volví a agarrar ese libro por el affair Dante Palma-Petracca (aunque ahora usa otro apellido que no recuerdo cual es) porque algo de todo eso me resonó en este libro de Caracciolo. La idea de la alumna de Puan entongada con el docente y jugando a ser reina de un reinado que se cae a pedazos, ¿quién
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Roy Kesey
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb and strange short novel by perhaps the best of Argentina's rising stars. Oloixarac invents an entire anthropology to explain us to ourselves, from the first humanoid to decline to be defined as prey to the coolest of Google Maps hacks. I will have a great deal more to be saying about this book in the months to come. For now, my translation of the better part of the first three chapters can be read, along with Maxine Swann's introduction to the novel, in Issue 15 (Winter/Spring 2013) of ...more
Rafael
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Teorias Selvagens é o primeiro romance da argentina Pola Oloixarac que, ano passado, foi eleita informalmente a musa da FLIP (ainda que sua participação tenha sido completamente ofuscada pela presença do grande valter hugo mãe). Pola é formada em filosofia e também é uma entendida em softwares, gadgets e afins. Em outras palavras, é o típico caso de menina nerd descolada e culta criada na era da internet e do blog.

Seu romance é construído como uma junção de narrativas, sem um fio condutor úni
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Alysson Oliveira
Selvageria póixs-mudeerrna

A orelha da capa traseira de AS TEORIAS SELVAGENS diz, como primeira informação biografia de Pola Oloixarac, que ela foi “convidada para a Flip de 2011”. Essa carteirada é o tipo de coisa que deixa bem claro como a editora – no caso, a Benvirá – está interessada em divulgar um autor. Enfim, parece ser uma escritora para falar com um público moderninho e antenado. Depois, a mesma orelha diz que ela “estudou filosofia na Universidade de Buenos Aires e escreve artigos sob
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Esteban
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me alegra haber leído esta novela a siete años de haber salido. En su momento muchos comentaristas, reseñistas, críticos e incluso algunos lectores no pudieron perdonarle a Oloixarac que entendiera tan bien el fenómeno del que estaban participando. Pero acá hay algo más. Una novela del 2008 donde los blogs parecen tener tanto peso podría haber envejecido muy mal, pero por varias razones eso no le sucede a Las teorías salvajes.
El adjetivo más usado en su contra fue "postmoderna". Alentada por esa
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Bert
Ik hou van 'moeilijke' boeken. Maar of ik van dit boek houd, weet ik nog niet. Het is een boek dat je, eens je het hebt uitgelezen, meteen opnieuw zou moeten lezen om te weten te komen of je het een goed boek vindt. 'Las teorías salvajes' knipoogt in z'n titel alleen al naar Roberto Bolaño, en heel de roman door blijft Oloixarac intertekstueel knipperen. Essays, gedichten, dagboekfragmenten, technische informatie. Politiek, filosofie, satire. Je moet als lezer zelf de verbanden leggen. Pas na ee ...more
Sebastian Uribe
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No apto para lectores principiantes o ligeros. Esta novela le exige un compromiso al lector, de involucrarse en la trama y ser absorbido por ella. Una vez adentro, recien es posible vislumbrar toda la majestuosidad de la narrativa de Pola Oloixarac, una de las mejores plumas surgidas en la región en los últimos tiempos. Un libro de una belleza que corresponde al de su autora.
Jack Duff
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this if you want a break from academic jargon and heavy prose; DO read this if you want to see academic jargon and heavy prose simultaneously skewered and used beautifully.

That being said, I found myself trudging through the two academic plots for more of the counter-culture picaresque stuff. The long digressions into chatroom/blog culture, video game development, and the structure of the internet were some of the most engaging (and cleverly thematic) pieces. When this plotline disap
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Rebecca
Manic and dizzying, only not in a good way. This book is far to cerebral for its own good, for I must admit I often couldn't quite follow the various themes. I did like parts of it - and perhaps I am hampered by an ignorance of the Dirty War years - but overall it was exhausting to read and I was thrilled to be done. It's possible that if I read it again, it might resonate a bit more, but I am unlikely to give it a second chance.

It is saved from a one star rating by an admirable characterization
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Tony
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suspect that the author is quite brilliant. The book is so dry and intellectual, and I'm sure much of the humor went over my head. Academic life, philosophy, Argentinian history and politics. And sex. All ripe for satire. But alas, it wasn't meant to be. It did not activate me. I did appreciate the translator's note, basically telling me it's not his fault that I didn't get it. This is so beyond you even if you could read it in the original Spanish.
Patricia
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-medias
En realidad no lo terminé. Abrumada por este libro en el que se nos está lanzando continuamente los conocimientos filosóficos de la autora a la cara. Demasiada sintaxis, poca estructura literaria y un poquito facha. No me apetece seguir.
Erin
Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There were a few interesting moments in this sea of confusing and rambley text, but not enough for me to get past the first 100 pages or so. First time in a long time I just couldn't get through a book.
Charly
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Extraña, hipertextual. Entretiene por momentos y lo más interesante son los personajes y las descripciones que hace de estos.
Bridget
May 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Actually - read the first 100 pages and stopped.
Maureen
Jun 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Normally, if I don't like a Latin American author, it's usually because they're writing magical realism, which I don't care for. This was just as weird, but not that.
Catherine
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Much like Sudden Death there were aspects of this book that went over my head. But she is a brilliant writer!
Nuha
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-17
Much like my organic chemistry textbook, I kept reading in the hopes that this would make some kind of sense. It didn't.
Thad
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
holy shit!
Patrick R.
While I enjoyed the author's writing style (or rather, the Translator's writing style, in my case) I am entirely sure I missed the point. This strange novel seemed to explore the depths of human nature, however could not seem to divest its exploratory nature into the depths of its own plot. Strange indeed.
Ana
May 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In case you're wondering how I'm reading so many books so fast, it is because I'm not doing it. It's just that, as per usual, I am catching up with my reviews of books I read a while back. This one, for example, is one of those contemporary books in Spanish that I am reading, I read it while I was on a long road. And it wasn't so cool. I mean, I didn't find it a good companion for my journey, and I didn't find it to be a good book in general.

It tells two strange parallel stories; one about a gi
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Debbie
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
While initially thrilled by the author's narrative style of splitting between 3 points of view interspersed with rather macabre anthropological rites of passage from around the world, I eventually grew weary of the strung out plot. There was a strongly academic tone to the prose that was complemented by serious debauchery.

Much of this book was a pleasure to read, so I wonder what made it fall flat by the end. Perhaps there was something lost in translation? Quite doubtful as the vocabulary was
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Elisa
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-america
Olipa pettymys tämä. Luin sivulle 160 asti kuuliaisesti, sitten harppomalla, ja vain viimeiset sivut enää kokonaan. Keskittymiseni herpaantui siksi, että niin taitavasti kuin Oloixarac kirjoittaakin, ja ajoittain ihan hauskojakin juttuja, kokonaisuudesta uupuu jokin johdonmukaisuus ja ytimekkyys, jota olisin tässä kaivannut poukkoilevan ja filosofoivan tekstin selkärangaksi.

Luin suomennoksen, jossa on mukana myös sanasto, mikä oli sinänsä kyllä hyvä lisä tähän, koska kirjailija käyttää jatkuvas
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Pola Oloixarac (Buenos Aires, 13 de septiembre de 1977) es una escritora y traductora argentina. Estudió Filosofía en la Universidad de Buenos Aires y ha publicado artículos sobre arte y tecnología en medios como The Telegraph, The New York Times International, Folha de Sao Paulo, Página 12, Revista Quimera, Etiqueta Negra, Qué Leer, Revista Alfa, América Economía y Brando.
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“All war is based in deception (cfr. Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”).

Definition of deception: “The practice of deliberately making somebody believe things that are not true. An act, a trick or device entended to deceive somebody”.

Thus, all war is based in metaphor.

All war necessarily perfects itself in poetry.

Poetry (since indefinable) is the sense of seduction.

Therefore, all war is the storytelling of seduction, and seduction is the nature of war.”
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