Reading Horacio Castellanos Moya’s scathing Thomas Bernhard tribute/parody Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador, a book-length diatribe against El. El Salvador, incensed by the recent publication of the novella El asco ( Disgust), a text which heaps scorn on almost every aspect of the Salvadoran state. Abstract: Salvadoran writer Horacio Castellanos Moya offers a provocative example of postwar cynicism in his novel El asco: Thomas Bernhard en San.

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Preview — El asco by Horacio Castellanos Moya. He has also taught in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. The professor starts and only stops when I guess the author had had enough and he had to call it a day somewhere. View all 3 comments. An incessant rant by a character named Edgardo Vega directed to, I suppose, anybody who castellanoss be listening, but in this case moyya more pointedly at the character Moya himself as receptor.

Thomas Boracio in San Salvador caught my eye since I manage a reader’s web site for Bernhard, though I feared the worst Get to Know Us. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

But the onus is on the ranter to make our tirades interesting and well-written if they are to be actually published in a book.

Under a false name, Vega, an art history professor at McGill University, is forced to return to El Salvador for his mother’s funeral. We went downtown, to the buildings destroyed by the earthquake, horaico sidewalks packed with the street vendors selling piles of used clothing from the United States, the sound of hundreds of stereos playing at the same time, and the crazed crowds of people pouring out onto the streets.

Another great work by Moya. In he contributed to the founding of the weekly publication Primera Plana and worked there until They read like gonzo thrillers or amphetamine-fuelled nightmares, and owe at least as much to the pulp violence of Richard Stark or Mickey Spillane.

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I am so glad he did. You’re not paying attention. Una maravillosa bomba este libro.

Indeed, he discusses in the afterword that this was begun and carried out as an exercise in style. On a visit home, he witnessed a demonstration of unarmed students and workers in which azco people were killed by government snipers. View all 19 comments. Shit vomit and semen that’s what holds this small novel together.

Truly, I know of no greater honor for a real writer. Not only did Vega hate the people, he hated the geography and the weather. But not this one. He has published eleven novels, five short story collections, noracio essay books, and a diary. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Currently he teaches at the University of Iowa and is a regular columnist for Sampsonia Way Magazine where he “looks for topics that open debates, new perspectives, and controversy.

While there, he meets with the author and harshly criticizes every aspect imaginable of the Salvadoran capital: The book comes in nine chapters, and each one is a soliloquy delivered in a different place: I’m guessing that sadly some reactions toward violence might be the same.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Lydia Davis’s The End asfo the Story was for me her most affecting work. And you’ll likely be grateful that it’s over when it is, you know, with the calcified Semen on the floors and the urine and the vomit and the character referred to as “El Negroid” and all.

Like that, the little world of San Salvador society comes into focus: In the two Salvadoran novels, the war is almost all substrate, history for people living violently in the present.

Even castelllanos Senselessness, which takes the aftermath of the Guatemalan Civil War as its immediate topic, it comes to the surface most forcefully in the corners — in old stories, rumors, and dark suspicions.

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Its acid humor, like a Buster Keaton movie or a time bomb, horacii the hormonal stability of the idiots who, upon reading it, feel an moga urge to string the author castelanos in the town square. I never could accept that of the hundreds of countries where I might have been born I was born in the worst country of all, the stupidest, the most criminal, which is why I went to Montreal, well before the war began, not in search of better economic conditions, but because I never accepted the macabre twist of fate of being born here.


No trivia or quizzes yet. I loved the monologue and cultural criticism was raw and biting and insightful. El Salvador le resulta a Vega despreciable, arremete contra todo: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Her self-absorption, snobbery, and racism come out in waves, but for all her obliviousness, the death of her friend turns Laura into a kind of detective. Today is Liu Xiaobo’s birthday. Casyellanos the relish of the resentful getting mmoya, I had fun writing this novel, in which I wanted to demolish the culture and politics of San Salvador, same as Bernhard had done with Salzburg, with the pleasure of diatribe and mimicry.

He will sell it horadio return to Canada. I stopped the car where the crowds were thickest and told the ladies to go out for a stroll. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The author received death I’ve not read Bernhard. Exactly what it says it is: I love Horacio Castellanos Moya, and this short novel did not disappoint.

As records of a time and place they lack any trace of didacticism or cant. These people for the most part do not read and are not interested in anything but dd made-for-TV film version to make its way on to their cable network.