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Το «Καφενείο των τρελλών» στο Τολέδο πόλη μαγική μετέωρη στο χρόνο είναι ο χώρος συγκέντρωσης των λογοτεχνικών χαρακτήρων που δεν έχουν βρει το συγγραφέα τουςΟ Φελίπε Αλφάου Ισπανός μετανάστης στην Αμερική μουσικοκριτικός και φίλος του Λόρκα που αναγκάζεται να γράψει στα αγγλικά την ισπανική ιστορία του συχνάζει κι αυτός καμιά φορά μαζί με τους αποτυχημένους συγγραφείς στο «Καφενε?. Once I was at the Caf de los Locos in Toledo Bad writers were in the habit of coming to that caf in uest of characters and I came now and then among themAnd so he did this Spanish expatriate writing in English in New York because he felt Spaniards wouldn t get it Finished in 1928 it was eight years finding a publisher And when it did Felipe Alfau gave up writing and worked in a bank The book Well there s certainly an audience among my cherished goodreads friends Appearing to be a collection of stories the characters within nevertheless appear and reappear in somewhat different forms and identities The author speaks to the reader He explains himself apologizes faintly A character is playing the Rondeau Capriccioso of Mendelssohn but we are told in a footnote that the character could not conceivably have played such a piece performing an inadeuate popular dance instead But the author had his way Stuff like thatAlfau demands comparisons at least every reviewer seems to feel the need he s like Borges Barthelme and Barth Nabokov Calvino Eco Falling into the category of every reviewer and thus feeling the urge I d vote for derivative of Sterne and presaging O BrienAs I said characters appear and reappear Lunarito can be a child a prostitute a nun Pepe and Gaston Carmen and Mignon what a family There is the suggestion of incest and sex with a 12 year old maid But the author said he could not control his characters or not completelyA very old looking woman in an apron comes into a kitchen She keeps repeating if poor Gil should lift his head Like a parrot saying nothing else Thereafter she is called the old insane woman but I m not so sure Gil shows up And againSo people are named and re configured Yet I noticed as if only I was supposed to notice that there was an un named character who appeared only once or twice The fourth man at a table if you will where the other three are named Even described once an older man with rounded glasses He never participates He would seem unnecessary But please don t call me that

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ους τρελλαίνει και στον πόθο τους να την αγγίξουν δεν διστάζουν να αρπάξουν την πένα από τα χέρια του συγγραφέα τους και να γράψουν την ιστορία τους όπως αυτοί τη θέλουν Κι αυτός άλλοτε υποχείριο των παθών τους κι άλλοτε εγγυητής της εσωτερικής συνέχειας της αφήγησης αναγκάζεται να επέμβει να αλλάξει την πλοκή ή να υποδείξει στον αναγνώστη κάποια πτυχή που οι χαρακτήρες του αποκρύβουν. A tale of two cities One is Madrid the other imaginary A tale of two novels written by itinerant international authors both of whom had Spanish as their first language A tale of two experimental novels One I loved one I did not Can you guess which is whichCortazar published 62 A Model Kit in Spanish in 1968 the edition I read was translated in 1972 Alfau published Locos A Comedy of Gestures in 1936 in English Cortazar had Argentinean parents but was born in Europe then moved back to Buenos Aires when he was very young and later back to Europe Alfau was born in Barcelona but moved to the United States when he was 14 Locos was published when he was 34Call me crazy but I loved Locos Pun intended It is charming and cruel tragic and hilarious ambiguous yet direct and written with clear poetic prose The experimental style on display never overwhelmed the narrative Despite the fact that Alfau directly declares the fictive nature of his characters he made me care about them Unfortunately I found 62 a Model Kit to be nearly the opposite despite significant similarities Cortazar seems to be peopling an imaginary city with characters and scenarios imagined by the very characters in the story but unfortunately they never seemed real The characters seemed undeveloped Cortazar would reveal a uirky trait here or there but they came across as highly abstract intellectual exercises Where as Alfau acknowledges the characters are abstract but he made them seem real I found the prose in 62 to be opaue and unwelcoming The sentences zigzagged in ways that didn t complement my brain I felt like I was constantly trying to trace the thoughts of an intellectual suirrel on crystal meth Have you ever done crystal meth It s like being on a mega dose of caffeine but it sucks out all your wit You are basically an idiot who thinks he s not At any rate every phrase that Cortazar wrote took the sentence in a different direction and I became tired of trying to figure out what he was trying to say I found the writing tedious I couldn t get the meaning out of it I don t know if I should put some blame on the translation or not but after 60 pages I threw in the towel I skimmed forward just to pick out sentences here and there and could see that it was essentially the same book throughout This experience was severely disappointing after I uite enjoyed reading Autonauts of the CosmorouteWith Locos Alfau seems to be following in the footsteps of fellow Spaniard Luigi Pirandello who wrote a play in 1921 entitled Six Characters In Search of an Author I actually performed in this show in college But Alfau goes to a place that blends great humor with the tragedy The story begins roughly with Alfau playing himself at a cafe with a friend who becomes a character in the book This cafe is where bad authors go to discover characters for their stories In that cafe we meet many of the characters who will populate the book Note the irony What follows is a series of interconnected short stories about many of them Most characters reappear throughout and even when they are not featured a brief mention may act as a dramatic revelation that changes significantly what you read before And further some of the characters seem to metamorphosize and despite having the same names serve different roles or have different relationships in subseuent stories The entirety manages to hold together as of a novel than a collection partly thanks to the overlapping characters partly through the consistent tone and style and partly because Alfau is always in the background or making appearances as the author He has several charming asides regarding how his characters have gotten away from him and he can t uite control them Trust me it just works Some of the stories are uite hilarious Some are devastating and yet often absurd In one case a man is obsessed with fingerprints because he believes his father invented thescience of fingerprints And didn t receive the recognition he deserves In another scenario the police are having a convention in Madrid at the same time as a blackout citywide occurs which leads to a crimewave of everyone mugging just about everyone And the police are so busy with their convention that they are too tired to even arrest anyone It s so ridiculous Lucy The theme of the absurdity of life is never far from the surfaceI devoured Locos I dropped 62 like a hot potato If you want to dip your toe into some literature that is experimental without being alienating then I highly recommend Locos It s just flat out brilliant feels modern post in content and style and it s a book that can be read multiple times Love love loved it

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?ο των τρελλών» αναζητώντας χαρακτήρες για να αφηγηθεί την ιστορία τους Οι χαρακτήρες όμως είναι απείθαρχοι και όταν γευθούν την πραγματικότητα αυτή τη νέα διάσταση που τους προσφέρει ο συγγραφέας μεθούν και γυρεύουν να πλάσουν μόνοι το πρόσωπο και τη μοίρα τους Γιατί η πραγματικότητα για τους χαρακτήρες είναι ακριβώς αυτό που για τα πραγματικά όντα είναι η φαντασία Η επαφή μαζί της τ. Puma you sure can pick em I thoroughly enjoyed this one The characters in revolt against their young author line in the description had me somewhat concerned I could see it getting a little too whimsically meta like one of those Daffy Duck cartoons where he complains about how the animator is drawing him and the animator retaliates by drawing Daffy and ridiculously Thankfully there s a lot to it than just metafictive funny business Certainly there is the element of characters having their own consciousness apart from the author s appearing and re appearing throughout the interconnected stories but it stops short of becoming cloying or overwhelming Admittedly there was a point almost halfway through where I became somewhat frustrated because I just couldn t see where anything was heading Is that character real or imaginary Is this happening in the real world or is it a figment of the author s imagination Are these two characters supposed to be the same person I had been enjoying it up until about halfway but then it just all seemed so pointless I almost gave up but I soldiered on and was immensely rewarded almost immediately Once I made it over that midpoint hump the book opened itself up to me and I started to feel how everything was connected and grok onto Alfau s wavelength From then on there was no stopping Locos had me under its spell I still feel the need to read it again because I know on a second reading I ll discover things that I never noticed the first time through I m looking forward to that second reading for right now though it s on to Chromos


10 thoughts on “Locos Una comedia de gestos

  1. says:

    Somewhere in Toledo lost amongst narrow streets there is the Café of the Crazy freuented by disused literary charactersBad writers were in the habit of coming to that café in uest of characters and I came now and then among them At that particular place one could find some very good secondhand bargains and also some fairly good cheap new materialCharacters live separately from authors and they wish to be independent and uncontrolledthat w

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    The Short Version An emotional thrill ride novel in stories—stories where the characters rebel invade other stories appear under different names and cause various sorts of mayhem confusion and headaches for the authornarrators Nicholls is correct on this one is there ever any doubt? As the stories may be read in any order there’s probably no such thing as a view spoilerspoiler hide spoiler

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    Once I was at the Café de los Locos in Toledo Bad writers were in the habit of coming to that café in uest of characters and I came now and then among themAnd so he did this Spanish expatriate writing in English in New York because he felt Spaniards wouldn't get it Finished in 1928 it was eight years finding

  4. says:

    Locos A Comedy of Gestures is a lost gem from the late thirties and was forerunner for the postmodern movement of the ‘60s onward

  5. says:

    This is madness ΥΓ 45

  6. says:

    Puma you sure can pick 'em I thoroughly enjoyed this one The characters in revolt against their young 'author' line in th

  7. says:

    Strangely for a book r

  8. says:

    It takes than a little something to write about your characters disobeying yourself the author Well maybe it takes of tha

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    A tale of two cities One is Madrid the other imaginary A tale of two novels written by itinerant international authors both of whom had Spanish as their first language A tale of two experimental novels One I loved; one I did not Can you guess which is which?Cortazar published 62 A Model Kit in Spanish in 1968; the editi

  10. says:

    Poor Felipe Alfau If he had stayed in Spain rather than immigrate to the States he would very likely be considered today one of the most interesting writers among the “avant garde” artists of the 20th century Locos a book he apparently wrote in the late 1920s but only published in 1936 and no one paid any attention to it until than 50 years later anticipates trends that can be found in other major 20th ce

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