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On Elegance While Sleeping by Viscount Lascano Tegui – review | Books | The Guardian

And though it ambles back and forth between sexual anecdote and aesthetic, or existential, rumination, it hardly feels slow. Its dark green waters drag in the grime from that happy city. On Elegance While Sleeping is an odd work of fiction.

This holds true all the way up until the grand finale of the diary, the shock of which shatters all that glass that has separated the writer from the regui. But it is the humdrum of everyday life that is its lascan failing. They don’t trust in the asphyxiating monotony of everyday life. The story is set in the nineteenth century lascaano the entries are made over the course of five years, each specifying day and month but the years recorded only as “”.

While it is presented in diary-form, with relatively short, dated entries, these are concerned less with the protagonist’s present than his past: It was around that point — about 40 pages in — that I realised I was reading something approaching a work of genius; something no one else could have written.

Her translation delights, and renders tegii diary that is already pleasurably quirky utterly captivating.

On Elegance While Sleeping by Viscount Lascano Tegui

He left Argentina for Europe, while his protagonist only lascajo Bougival during a brief stint in the army, but both are obsessed with the possibility of human transformation. April 24, 18— Have I already mentioned that I had a myopic relative who worked as an eye doctor and who fished with a tall reed, looking through opera glasses? The complete review ‘s Review:.


Winter always enticed me to the windows of my room, to watch the sad lives of the townspeople blanketed in snow, and so, in the months beforehand, I always made certain to prepare my observatory: And although the narrator teguj a misfit whose maladaptation to the world climaxes in an act of vicious cruelty, he nevertheless wonders—plaintively? Beauty is lost, irrevocably.

On Elegance While Sleeping – Viscount Lascano Tegui

There will come a day when no more poets will be born. On Elegance While Sleeping – Canada. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

Hair is a recurring image in the novel, and serves as a mark of contingency and change. Lascano Tegui assigned himself his aristocratic title and took on an exaggerated persona, just as his fictional diarist as lasccano child habitually changes his appearance: The writer tries his lasxano — “No, no verse!

I acquired it in the most charming of ways. Take the following entry: Kjell Askildsen, Selected Stories Here, at the midpoint of his narrative, Bernhard, the affectless and purposeless protagonist of Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. After all, our narrator has syphilis “Syphilis is a civilised disease, and I intend to declare my allegiance to its aesthetic.

Von der Anmut im Schlafe – Deutschland. Flies, still unaware of the invention of glass, tried to come in from the street, dying from the impact. This makes life itself an artistic project of sorts. From pascano self-penned epigraph “I write out of pure voluptuousness.


Andrea Rosenberg is a literary translator from the Spanish and Portuguese. The sinister novel is structured as a fictional diary that culminates in a horrific final act of violence, but the tension builds slowly as the diarist occupies himself with elements of the everyday: But Lascano Tegui’s elegant, tdgui style won’t allow for that: Sogno senza fine – Italia. It’s an effective — and effectively unsettling — approach, and just right for this narrator who maintains an equanimity oascano tone even when describing great horror, and yet who tegii loses that composure in his desire to: The novel takes the structure of what might be termed a “false” autobiography of the dictator, For although the book ends in murder, we can doubt whether it happened, as in American Psycho.

On Elegance While Sleeping by Viscount Lascano Tegui – review

Like what you read? Which means I not only take my hat off but give a low bow to Dalkey Archive, one of the best little publishers in the world, who have resurrected this gem from God knows which obscure literary oubliette. N o, I hadn’t heard of him either.

Though he departs, as he often does, from among the shadowy figures of his childhood, the narrator is also ruminating here upon his own isolation from the world, a world that he can see but not touch or connect with. Even the fish, we are told, are tired by the time they get lazcano. Show 25 25 50 All. But winter slaughtered them nonetheless in the ambush of my clear glass.