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Alfau earned a living as a translator ; his sparse fictional and poetic output remained obscure throughout most of his life. You wrote it in English because you needed money.

The poems I wrote in my mother tongue because poetry is too close to the heart, whereas fiction is a mental activity, an invention, something foreign, distant. I took some courses of philosophy at Fwlipe University, but by and large, I was a self-educated man.

The Recognitions William Gaddis. First published in and long neglected, this elegantly inventive novel anticipates works like Pale Fire and One Hundred Years of Solitude. I don’t know celipe I should put some blame on the translation or not, but after 60 pages I threw in the towel. I wish I was sure it was all a joke.


We hardly lived together. What do you do all day? Could you hate somebody enough to drive that person to death? Jun 11, Tom Lichtenberg rated it it was amazing Shelves: Are you surprised by the recent discovery of your work?

Thank God, all that rubbish is now forgotten. I think I would, not withstanding the offense I would inflict on my beloved ones. By the late s he had a wife and daughter and hoped to support them with his writing; [2] he wrote Locos about[3] and in he had a children’s book Old Tales from Spain published. I told you I am a failed musician. This page was last edited on 5 Augustat It is a general misconception that if you write in English, and especially if you are from the States, you have more chances to public and universal recognition.


Jesusa and her husband, the philologist Antonio Solalinde, did like my first novel.

lcoos I am planning on reading Chromos next which I have heard fits together with this one so maybe the final stories will make more sense then. If you do it read, you may find yourself like me; jumping back to re-read sections of earlier chapters to pick up foreshadowing and seemingly unimportant details mentioned in the earlier stories.

Why not commit suicide? Felipe Alfau — was a Spanish -born American novelist and poet. From then on, there was no stopping; Locos had me under its spell. In Partial Disgrace Charles Newman.

Locos: A Comedy of Gestures

I haven’t read these other books but now plan to do so. I still feel the need to read it again, because I know on a second reading I’ll discover things that I never noticed the first altau through. In a conversation with Joseph Brodsky, he told me Firmat is mistaken.

Your father was involved with several newspapers, at least on this side of the Atlantic.

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A very old-looking woman in an apron comes into a kitchen. Lists with This Book.

Do you think whites are superior? What do your mean? And the lovos are so busy with their convention that they are too tired to even arrest anyone.

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But Alfau was a romantic and the book can be just as tender in some parts as it is adventurous or nightmarish in others and the section dealing with Dona Valverde is something alfu a horror story. Purity is fundamental if continuity is to be achieved. In the years after he finished LocosAlfau wrote poetry which he did not attempt to publishand feliipe a second novel inwhich was rejected by several publishers.


But around about ‘The Chinelato’ I fancied it slackened off in intensity, and by the last two stories, ‘The Necrophil’ and ‘A Romance of Dogs’, I felt sure Alfau was serving up earlier work with familiar character’s names inserted to superficially maintain cohesion – though I’ll admit I’m no fan of quizzes or crosswords either, so I no doubt missed some tacked-on, I maintain minor revelations.

The task is to make two cultures find a common path, a bridge. I devoured Locos ; I dropped 62 like a hot potato. Mar 30, Simon Hollway rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Consequently, view spoiler [ Chesses H. I remember that a magazine in Wisconsin published an article about it, a very scholarly one, felupe in the forties.

You share with me loocos values.

Locos helped them recover. His first novel Locos: For the first half of this book I had a merry old time. I think it’s great, in places, and some kind of ‘lost classic’.