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Senselessness, Horacio Castellanos Moya (Katherine Silver, trans.) New Directions. pp, $ Senselessness is the first novel by Honduras-born Horacio. and links to other information about and reviews of Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya. Spanish title: Insensatez; Translated by Katherine Silver. on Senselessness, a novel by Horacio Castellanos Moya, tr. by Katherine Thus , Senselessness (Insensatez, originally published in ).

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Born in Honduras, Castellanos Moya grew up in El Salvador, left the country inand returned in just before the civil war ended.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We inwensatez unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. Physical Description p. Login to add to list. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

As he reads the dramatic and heart-rending testimonies, he gradually becomes more and more involved with the stories, and he wonders how Joseba, a Basque psychiatrist who compiled and recorded more than half of the original testimony, can maintain his sanity. Add a tag Cancel Senselessness. It is an effective small novella of confronting the outrages committed in, and history of, Central America, a flailing attempt to come to some grips with it — concluding abruptly with an email message the narrator receives, that ends with an appropriate summing-up: Senselessness is the English translation of the novel Insensatezoriginally written in Spanish by Salvadoran writer Horacio Castellanos Moya.

Castellanos Moya manages a brilliant narrative strategy in Senselessness: In Senselessness, there is a fine line between the hilarious and the disturbing, one of the artful wonders of this novel.

Please note that these ratings solely represent castwllanos complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or innsensatez the views of the reviewers. For the moment I found myself in an uncomfortable situation, for there is nothing more repulsive to me than a woman who cries as a hooracio of her own stupidity and who in addition asks for my commiseration, but at the same time nothing so stimulates my fantasies as the possibility of fornicating mya a good-looking girl recently abandoned because of her own stupidity whom I could delightfully take advantage of during the act of love.


University of Queensland Library. Open to the public. Language Spanish View all editions Prev Next edition 2 of 2. Catchikel Mayan family in mountain village. This single location in New South Wales: The former acts as an immutable environmental factor. Open to the public ; PQ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. His own increasing emotional involvement begins to take its toll, the raw sexuality and violence of the documents paralleling, on a smaller scale, the sexual encounters in his own private life and the potential for violence there.

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Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya

The narrative is all clear enough, but also veers towards the unfocussed, the horrors too hodacio to focus in on them for too long at a time. Separate different tags with a comma.

Yet in the next moment, he is sickened by the story of a woman who has been serially raped by soldiers. He continues, regarding the fragment to quote, I must interrupt a long flow of words, more an outburst than a mere sentence: These online bookshops told us they have this item: Author Castellanos Moya, Horacio, Edition 1a ed.

The writer becomes mesmerized by the poetic inesnsatez written by the indigenous people and becomes increasingly paranoid and frightened, not only by the spellbinding words he must read, but also by the murders and generals that run his country.

She is now insrnsatez ninth grader at a school for which she has won a scholarship from Seeds of Help, a volunteer organization: But the real action is the strangely entertaining agitation of the narrator, by turns comical and corrosive. He continues, catellanos the fragment to quote, I must interrupt a long flow of words, more an outburst than a mere sentence:.

Senselessness – Horacio Castellanos Moya

These 4 locations in All: New Directions Date Published: Self-conscious in the extreme, he constantly worries about what people think of him, especially women, at the same time that, ironically, he imagines writing a novel about a brave civil registrar who dies to protect the castellxnos. In Senselessness horracio, where everything happens almost at once, the horrific and the humorous, we hear how one man manages to maintain a precarious, imbalanced foothold in a world gone mad.


The reader plays the same role here as Toto, a friend and drinking insnesatez of the narrator, who with an infinite reserve of patience empathizes with his complaints in their favorite bar. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. Lists What are lists? A sex-obsessed lush of a writer is employed by the Catholic Church to edit and tidy moay a 1, page report on the army’s massacre and torture of the indigenous villagers a decade earlier.

One section of the report, detailing how the army intelligence services operate, is considered so explosive that this section will be added to the finished book the day it goes to press, when it is too late to stop it. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Tags What are tags?


German Autumn by Stig Dagerman Stig Dagerman, the wunderkind of Swedish literature in the ten years before he committed suicid It comes as no surprise that Castellanos Moya is not only an admirer of the fiction of Thomas Bernhard, but that his first novel, Revulsion: This single location in South Australia: Be the first to add this to a list.

Skip to content Skip to search. An unnamed writer comes to an unnamed Central American country to copyedit the oral testimonies of Indians who had witnessed atrocities committed by the military. The Child Poet by Homero Aridjis Because our lives move in straight lines but our perceptions do not, we are forever trying to s The narrator has agreed to edit an eleven-hundred-page report documenting: Note the Bernhardian syntax in casetllanos sentence: But his self, under siege, is secret enough.

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