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The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse…

The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse (Pushkin Collection) (2013)

by Ivan Repila

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A Spanish author wrote a very metaphorical book about two boys in a hole in the ground, a deep hole. With no way to get out of the hole their situation deteriorates quickly and then the downfall of themselves, physically and mentally, begins. Without any doubt full of allegoric stuff, metaphors, parallels, and other references to the real world. For many reasons a lot of people will see very philosophical stuff in it. Certainly there is a lot of stuff i missed.
But, hey, i don't really care. As from some chapters i lost all connection. It's too bizarre, too weird, too unrealistic. So, yep, i missed probably all the intellectual stuff.
The style of writing is OK, the tension build up is OK till somewhere half of the book, the "numbering" of the chapters is original (no, no spoiler), but .... it didn't get a grip on me. Sorry. ( )
  Lunarreader | Jul 26, 2016 |
A very short but wholly overwhelming book. The overt story is of two brothers stuck down a well with no explanation, ever resourceful in their attempts to survive both physically and mentally. But, as the opening quotes suggest, the book can be read as an allegory of those suffering oppression, particularly stuck in the cycle of poverty. Despite the boys' claustrophobic situation, somehow the whole inner and outer human world is contained there, with all its physicality, food, disease, art, music, language, hope, love, desperation and ambition. There is an astonishing amount packed into just 100 short pages!

The style touches quite matter of factly, reporting on the story with a hint of the fairy tale and reverie about it. Reading it is simultaneously absorbing and unsettling. The English translation is by Sophie Hughes (including the books aphasiac episode which must have been immense fun to write!) and is a testament to how much we owe translators in bringing such great little books to a broader readership. Bravo once again to Pushkin Press, and the author and translator! ( )
  rrmmff2000 | Nov 27, 2015 |
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