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El Pasado (Narrativas Hispanicas) (Spanish Edition) (2003)
by Alan Pauls
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A stunning tale of love gone bad: passion, obsession, sex, and cocaine, all in excessriveting 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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