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El pasado (2003)
by Alan Pauls
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A stunning tale of love gone bad: passion, obsession, sex, and cocaine, all in excess--riveting from start to finish. R#65533;mini splits up with his girlfriend of 12 years, Sof#65533;a. 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. Sof#65533;a, however, finds herself unable to let go, and continues to reappear on R#65533;mini’s horizon. As hard as R#65533;mini tries to forget, Sof#65533;a 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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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)863.64Literature Spanish and Portuguese Spanish fiction 20th Century 1945-2000
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