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El Pasado (Narrativas Hispanicas) (Spanish Edition) (2003)

by Alan Pauls

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Novela de gente ligeramente desquiciada, que huye de su pasado o elige escarbar en él, cada vez más profundamente; y ligeramente cobarde, incapaz de afrontar sus fantasmas o romper sus ataduras. Pero estas debilidades están presentes en los personajes apenas un poco más, quizá, que en nosotros: son reales, no caricaturas de la flaqueza humana; podríamos ser nosotros si la vida nos hubiese tratado un poco distinto. El Pasado tiene una sabiduría camuflageada por el morbo de narrar la caída en picada de sus protagonistas, y una prosa exquisita. ( )
  jorgearanda | Mar 23, 2012 |
El protagonista de la novela, Rimini, pierde su pasado al romper su relacion con Sofia, con la que ha compartido doce anos y que lo ha acompanado desde la adolescencia. Al principio Rimini se fuerza al olvido, resistiendose a los intentos de Sofia por recordar su tiempo juntos, enredandose en historias amorosas y sumergiendose en su trabajo de traductor. Poco a poco empieza a olvidar los lenguajes que constituyen su trabajo, y sus relaciones sociales y de pareja se deterioran sin remedio. Rimini solo alcanzara la posibilidad de recuperacion cuando acepte que su pasado es su presente, cuando se enfrente a todo lo que ha olvidar, hacia el final del libro, cuando el lector casi a perdido su interes por terminarlo y cuando el personaje se ha convertido en un ser patetico y ridiculo. Aunque el libro tiene algunos momentos memorables, Rimini es un personaje que despierta poca simpatia y cuya 'vida interior' es monotona y superficial, dado que es la figura central de la novela esta acaba resultando demasiado larga y no muy interesante. Una novel ambiciosa que resulta un poco aburrida. ( )
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A stunning tale of love gone bad: passion, obsession, sex, and cocaine, all in excess—riveting from start to finish. Rímini splits up with his girlfriend of 12 years, Sofía. The parting is initially amicable and he moves on, carefree, with a new zest for life. Hungry to make up for lost time and keen to forget the past, he finds a younger girlfriend and starts using cocaine. Sofía, however, finds herself unable to let go, and continues to reappear on Rímini’s horizon. As hard as Rímini tries to forget, Sofía will not let him. Though the apparently idyllic relationship is over, their love has not died, merely taken on a different form. As time passes and their paths continue to cross, the past festers and torments them, like an infection. Told through a series of flashbacks, this complex and multi-layered novel is a stunning achievement, bringing to mind the works of Nabokov and Proust, while critics have also alluded to Philip Roth and Martin Amis.

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Though their apparently idyllic relationship is over, Sofia and Rimini's love has not died, merely taken on a different form. As time passes and their paths continue to cross, the past festers and torments them, like an infection.

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