SefaradKirjailijan P Teos On Hiottu Ja Syv Humanismia Huokuva Kuvaus Erilaisissa Rajatiloissa H Ilyvist , Syrj N Sys Tyist Ihmisist Sefarad On Kuningaspari Ferdinandin Ja Isabellan 1400 Luvun Lopulla Espanjasta Karkottamien Juutalaisten Antama Nimi Kadotetulle Is Nmaalleen, Jonne N M Aina Kaipasivat Kirja Sis Lt 17 Otsikoitua, N Enn Isesti Irrallista Tarinaa, Jotka Yhdess Muodostavat Ehj N Kokonaisuuden Kirjailija Itse On Verrannut Rakennetta Muodoltaan Vapaaseen, Ep Sinfoniseen Musiikkiin Teemat, Henkil T Ja Jopa Jotkut Lauseet Toistuvat L Pi Teoksen Omael M Kerralliseen Aineistoon Ja Sepitteellisiin Henkil Hahmoihin Tulee Lis Ksi Mukaan Historiallisia Henkil It Kuten Franz Kafka Ja Milena Jerenka, Primo Levi Ja Walter Benjamin.Useat Henkil Ist Ovat Romaanin Nimen Mukaisesti Juutalaisia, Mutta Aina He Ovat Jonkinlaiseen Maanpakoon Joutuneita, Sotilasjuntan Uhreja, Vainottuja Tai Muutoin Ei Toivottuja Kuoleminen, Rakastuminen, Yksin Isyys, Turhautuminen, Erist Ytyminen Jokaisella On Oma Sefaradinsa, Rajatilansa.Yhteist On Kertojan Ni, Joka On L Mmin Ja Ymm Rt V Kaiken Keskell Se Kehottaa Solidaarisuuteen, Yhteyteen Toisten Kanssa Se Ei Sorru Tunteellisuuteen Vaan Liikuttaa Inhimillisell Armeliaisuudella Ja My T El Misell Pohjimmiltaan Koskettava Teos Kertoo J Lleen Kerran Muistista, Ajankulusta Ja Siit , Kuinka Me Kaikki Olemme Sittenkin Yht. On page 140, the author appears to describe a vision for this book For two or three years I have flirted with the idea of writing a novel, imagined situations and places, like snapshots, or like those posters displayed on large billboards at the entrance to a movie theater That these stills were never in narrative sequence made them all the powerful, freed them of the weight and vulgar conventions of a scenario they were revelations in the present, with no before or after When I didn t have the money to go inside, I would spend hours looking at the photographs outside the theater, not needing to invent a story to fit them together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle Each became a mystery, illuminating the others, creating multiple links that I could break or modify at my whim, patterns in which no image nullified the others or gained precedence or lost its uniqueness within the whole Here, it is as if Mu oz Molina is describing not only his journey, but mine or, as if he is describing what living is like for many of us The journey
A revelationlapidary new insight into so many of my own intellectual and emotional obsessions, both an intimate portrait of mourning, the loss of youth, growing up, travel, and the trains taken and untaken, and a history of the 20th century and beyond Most reminded me of reading Proust. Sepharad is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long time most refreshing for a reader who loves language and history My only problem with this book is that it was billed as a novel Those looking for a linear tale of suspense that takes place in single setting will be disappointed in this book This is not a page turner, but it is worth the work It reads like a collection of prose poems linked by characters that appear, disappear, and reappear, mirroring their movement throughout the Diaspora Sepharad is a panoramic history of the Diaspora of Sephardic Jews in Spain during WWII, but it touches on the earlier 15th century Sephardic Diaspora as well The book s scope and setting is expansive, weaving stories and diverse perspectives both fictional and historical on WWII and it s ripple effects throughout the Western world Russia, Germany, Hungary, Spain, America, and others in a breathtaking Rashomon like tapestry of human love, longing, loss, horror, and hope Here are some highlights to showcase Molina s beautiful, masterful, and loving use of language To the person you meet on a train in a foreign country, you are a stranger who exists only in the present A woman and a man look at each other with a tingle of intrigue and desire as they take seats facin
Esta novela es la historia del viaje del autor desde su beda natal a un concepto de Espa a m chisimo m s amplio en tiempo y espacio en tiempo, desde 1492 y la expulsi n de los jud os hasta nuestros d as, y en el espacio, desde beda hasta todos los pa ses y todas las ciudades donde hay o han habido gente que conservaba una llave, unas canciones, un apellido o alg n otro recuerdo de ese pa s de que fueron expulsados sus ancestros y que ellos llamaban Sefarad Cada cap tulo es otra aventura, de manera que el libro parece m s una colecci n de reflexiones y relatos que una novela, donde esperamos seguir el hilo de un protagonista determinado y no las historias de decenas de personas en diferentes pocas y lugares Pero entonces, despu s de varias historias aparentemente inconexas, el lector vuelve a encontrar al
It took me a while to figure out this novel, but what kept me interested throughout was the excellent storytelling, the excellent voices of the narrators, and the way Molina keeps you off balance with changing person, voice, and story.What does hold the various stories together is the way they all show the effects of totalitarianism on individuals, real and invented A lot is about exil
Wow, this is a book after my own heart It says on the cover that it s a novel, but I don t think so Really its a collection of stories which are mostly personal, but with many recurring motifs and themes that link them together If you are Spanish, or Jewish, or love 20th century European history, or traveling, or have migrated from a provincial city to a major capital, this book will speak to you The book is made up of 17 chapters each of which can really stand on its own as an independent narrative, for the most part These are the ones I was most impressed by The first chapter story that really grabbed me was Olympia about a business trip the narrator author made to Madrid in his younger days, where he spent the better part of a day wandering the streets, killing time until his scheduled departure, finally dropping in on an old flame Its descriptions of the narrator s state of mind, and of Madrid itself where I have done my fair share of wandering are so authentic and moving that I had the feeling of I could have written this Why didn t I I also enjoyed Berghof which reads like a traditional short story, about a Spanish doctor on vacation with his family on t
This is a very hard book to read It deals mainly with alienation, yearning for a lost past land, loss, and genocide I had to take it in small doses or it can really pull you down, because although there are some glimmers of hope and joy, they are small and far between.I have shelved it as short stories because this is not an usual novel It is a series of almost real and real stories, all dealing with the idea of the lost country, the one we left behind, whether it is childhood, youth, freedom, the actual Sefarad or simply the world before the Nazis came I think that it is true on one hand that the loss for a child that moves to the great city is not so dissimilar to one who is sent to an extermination camp On the other hand, it is not the same emotion at all, so that weakens the whole book.It is well written, as it is to be expected from the careful prose of Mu oz Molina and his beutiful mastery of language However he keeps a careful distance from the text, most of the time, as I suppose was the only way to keep writing among the bleakness But that once again detracts in a few chapters where we hope for a bit emotion Not that he does not feel, he just does not transmit it as well as he does transmit vague unease or guarded joy Just the way he writes, I suppose.Despite the relatively low score, this is a book I am glad I have read, but I am also glad that I have finished it, at last D
I tried If I had a shelf for, is it just me or does the emperor have no clothes, this would be on it It got great reviews from all the snobby publications, and I simply couldn t make heads or tails of it I didn t get any sense of a novel, and I never quite learned who the narrator narrators was It felt like
afortunadamente y luego de 300 p ginas de algunas historias algo cansinas, decid continuar con este libro aunque me tom mucho tiempo, me gust la tem tica del mismo Mu oz Molina nos recuerda que la xenofobia, el odio a es
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