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El materialismo histérico by Xavier Velasco

El materialismo histérico

by Xavier Velasco

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A collection of 24 stories where the author experiments with stories, chronicles, fables, parables, essays, and journalistic notes. The prose is humoristic, bitter and fearless. Determined not to be a simple witness but an accomplice, the narrator breathes in the night at bars, cabarets, dives, pick-up joints; children’s play areas, wedding receptions, and lover’s dimly lit piano bars. We could call him a romantic because he is able to fall in love and find mystery and beauty where ordinary folk only see lust, cash and risk. Each story makes you laugh, with the certainty that we are laughing at someone we know; the biggest surprise is that sometimes it is ourselves. Description in Spanish: Sin credencial de prensa ni amigos en la puerta, en el más delicioso anonimato, el narrador de estas crónicas visita bares, cabaretes, tugurios, antros de mala muerte, table dances, burlesques, clubes sociales, puticlubes, calles de pirujas, zonas rojas, zonas de prostitutos travestidos… pero también zonas de juegos infantiles, fiestas de bodas, bares con pianista melancólico y enamorados de manita sudada. Así pues, se da a llenar la noche de preguntas y a buscar los excesos capaces de sorprenderlo, disgustarlo, amenazarlo, pero no de dejarlo inerme. No quiere ser testigo, sino cómplice. Y es un romántico. Como los poetas malditos muy a tiempo lo supieron, el romanticismo radica en la capacidad de hallar mística, misterio y hermosura justo donde los ordinarios (quienes temen contaminarse, y por eso se hacen a un lado) sólo supieron ver lascivia, cash y riesgo. El romántico es romántico porque se enamora de quien no debe, donde no debe y, si es posible! , cuando no puede.

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