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Condenado a la seriedad y a la impostura, Julio, el silencioso protagonista de Bonsái – la novela que supuso el brillante debut narrativo de Alejandro Zambra– . Eso es lo que ha hecho Alejandro Zambra en este libro que, del mismo modo que un bonsái no es un árbol, más que una novela corta o un relato largo es una . Zambra’s first novel, Bonsái, attracted much attention in Chile and appeared in the Spanish Editorial Anagrama, which was awarded the.

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Alejandro Zambra Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer.

Nov 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing. Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. She said that, and Julio was present when she said it: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Want to Read saving…. Is it an irony that when I begun writing this review, the cafe was playing this track and now, I am hearing this track? Characters silently sweep on and off the stage, love is found and lost within the length of a paragraph, revelations are made and people are lost forever, all without rising from a soft idyllic tone that Zambra executes with the care of one polishing expensive glassware.

In this second novel, a writer tells his stepdaughter a bedtime story called “The Private Lives of Trees” same title as the novelwhich he plans to end when the mother returns home from work. Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra Goodreads Author. Now how would I play that? In he was chosen as one of the best Spanish-language writers under 35 by the magazine Granta.


Bonsai – Editorial Anagrama

Retrieved November 13, I am bit puzzled why this won the prize, maybe there weren’t many books published that year, who knows. The rest is literature. Thanks Seemita, for the recommendation.

A book that starts with a seed and grows into miniature version of a giant tree – an apt metaphor for the content Zambra put in this tiny novella that many authors take volumes bonssai express.

Bosnai tree can be a vine, a shrub, or a tree, but it is normally referred to as a tree. While the narrative starts with them getting together, it also shadows them for countless years, situations, and affairs that happen away from each other.

It is a stunning accomplishment. Just as the silence between notes in a musical composition can alejandrp a work, so too do the silences in Bonsai define this work. You get the cold flesh of the story in that chilling first line: The dictatorship tried to impose all of those stupid discourses, and those discourses erased us.

There is also a wry humor integrated in the otherwise somber plot that gives it wings and keeps it from plummeting into melodrama. In the story of Emilia and Julio, in any case, there are more omissions than lies, and fewer omissions than truths of the kind that are called absolute and that tend to be uncomfortable. A menudo se habla sobre que la simplicidad es amiga del arte.

Dec 21, jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: If anyone is interested in reading this one and needs a copy of Macedonio Fernandez’s Tantalia, feel free to give me a shout and I’ll email you the 5-page story pronto.

Because of this, I was not in the right frame of mind and also troubled with my own interpretation of the book.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I am walking bonsau with a bunch of recommendations by Julio and Emilia. A failed love story: Attest our timidity as a prelude to stronger days? Where was my beautiful and normal dawn chorus? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Views Read Edit View history. Festival de Cannes As university students with a fondness for prose, Emilia and Julio share their love for the written word. It was about human intimacy.

Alejandro Zambra

It is as simple as that, yet complex in its mechanics and implications. Don’t get me wrong All shoved into the briefest of 83 pages.

What starts off as a simplistic love story gets an intricate and real-life treatment of pining, longing, misguided machinations of affections and passion. It is the very reason these fragile pages find their solid ground, coloring the path in their wake.

But I am certain that this book would be on my mind for a long, long time. A book that reads like a quote on life.

Read it and tell me what you think!! Orice-nceput se vrea fecund, risipei se deda Florarul. Was it a very bad year? December Learn how and when to remove npvela template message.

Retrieved 11 Nov Alejandro Zambra has excelled as a master of literary contradictions.