[ Read Online El caso Neruda ↠´ cozy-mystery PDF ] by Roberto Ampuero × first I bought a real copy of this book, so this ARC is yours if you want it You have to live in the US and be the first to leave a comment I ll pay postage second the review Had I done my homework, as I usually do when I come across a new author, I would have learned that Roberto Ampuero is the author of an entire series featuring detective Cayetano Brul Beginning in 1993 with Qui n mat a Cristi n Kustermann Who Killed Christian Kustermann Brul has been involved in several cases The Neruda Case is the latest to be written but it seems to be a prequel that explains how Brul got his start in the detective biz To be brutally honest, as I sat down to read this book, I was concerned that having Pablo Neruda as a character in a detective novel might be a cheap ploy Although the main character spends a lot of time and energy traveling around and pursuing answers on Neruda s behalf, the book turns out to be an homage of sorts to the Nobel winning poet rather than your standard detective novel It s also a commentary on the betrayal and death of ideals.
The author notes that as a boy he lived near Neruda s home La Sebastiana in Valpara so, where on three separate occasions, I went to La Sebastiana, in my school uniform and carrying my briefcase full of notebooks, and stood at the door to the poet s garden All I wanted to do was to talk to the poet But all three times I was petrifiednot daring to knock and ask to enter the realm where Neruda dwelt with his secrets Now, Ampuero s Cayetano Brul has the honor of entering that house, where the author s boyhood shyness kept him from doing the same.
Sitting in the Cafe del Poeta in Valparaiso one day in 1990, Cayetano Brul sees a photo of Pablo Neruda on the back of his menu and flashes back to his very first case back in the 70s, the most closely guarded secret of his life, that began at party his wife ngela had made him attend at the home of the city s mayor Not feeling like mingling with the bigwigs, Brul hides out in the library His peace is shattered when another man walks into the room and they begin talking It is only when ngela comes in to tell the stranger that he s wanted at the party that Cayetano realizes he s been spending time with Pablo Neruda, who invites him to his home at La Sebastiana It isn t long until Brul is welcomed into Neruda s home that the poet gets to the point of the invitation he is dying of cancer, he s seeking an oncologist, Dr ngel Bracamonte, and he wants Cayetano to do some detective work to locate him After a trip to Mexico city that produces questions than answers, Neruda explains the real reason behind his search it seems that Bracamonte s wife, Beatriz, was once one of the poet s many lovers he needs to know if the daughter she gave birth to is his Time is running out and Neruda, plagued by his memories of all the women he s betrayed in the name of poetry, wants to know for sure before the end comes Cayetano s search will take him from Mexico to Cuba, to East Germany and Bolivia where he realizes that the utopian ideals promised by revolution have all but collapsed and have become something else entirely It will also place him in the company of some well known figures of the times, including Neruda s friend Salvador Allende, whose tenure as president of Chile is on its last legs.
If you want to look at this book simply as the series prequel that explains how Cayetano Brul first got into the private eye business, there are a couple of entertaining moments Neruda s advice to Brul about using the novels of Georges Simenon as a guide to becoming a detective, his Maigret del Caribe, Brul s narrow escape from East Germany, and a few other scenes featuring the hapless newbie detective But of greater interest to me was the political backdrop against which this book is set, during the last gasps of the Allende government prior to the US backed coup that placed Pinochet in power And aside from the sillier moments where Brul is initiated into the detective trade, there is a much serious exploration of different idealistic visions that got lost somewhere along the way.
Very much recommended, especially if you are interested in Latin American history or revolutionary history in general I hope this book does well perhaps it will create some interest in translating Ampuero s other novels into English.
The problem for Latin American language authors is that people have a tendency to compare to some pretty heavy hitters, like Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, or Luis Borges That is patently unfair of course, but people will carry with them these expectations into the book.
So the beginning of The Neruda Case was somewhat unpromising Not very dramatic, somewhat pedestrian and actually kind of slow In the middle of the beginning paragraph, I started to wonder whether it was the translation that was problem or whether it was Ampuero that was the problem.
As I got further into the book, the narrative was good enough to hold my interest without making the reading seem like a chore, the writing got better and the story became far interesting Of particular interest were the narratives which was written in Neruda s own voice Ampuero pulled off the feat of writing in two distinct styles Although the majority of the narrative was written in the third person subjective voice, and was less than engaging.
The novel weaves itself around the life of Pablo Neruda towards the end of his life The entire narrative hangs itself on Neruda s female conquests, but the end of Neruda s life is also wrapped around the 1973 coup in Chile which saw the legitimately elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende be deposed by Agosto Pinochet and the Nixon White House That part of the narrative seemed to be interesting, and Ampuero was seemingly eager to explore that line of narrative And he did for a time, but he kept returning to the Neruda story because that was the mechanism by which he chose to tell his story.
The story got better, the writing got better, and my interest got piqued as I worked my way through the story I doubt I would have kept going through the rough parts if it weren t for those narratives written in Neruda s voice.
In the end, it was a decently satisfactory story with a fairly satisfactory ending My interest is piqued enough to try some of Ampuero s other novels.
If this seems like a mild review, that is because it is I am glad I read it, but there was nothing exceptional about the story or the writing.
Chile The 1970s The beloved but flawed Allende government falls to the infamously repressive Pinochet government But just before this, Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize winning poet in residence, tasks Cayetano Brul , Cuban exile, to find an early lover to see if the child she bears shortly after their Mexican love affair is indeed his own This 2012 translation of a work published in 2008 gives us an intimate, if fictional, portrait of Pablo Neruda Author Ampuero, in an afterword to the novel, speaks of his idolization of the artist in Santiago as a child, which grew into a fascination with Neruda s life Ampuero wanted to show Neruda as he was a complicated man of great contradictions I favor a nuanced view of great artists and leaders Ian McEwan wrote of a fictional Nobel Prize winning scientist in Solar, and managed the nuance mixed much ribaldry but did not base his work on just one man An interview with Ampuero in the online magazine The Daily Beast states that Neruda was in fact a serial monogamist, just as he is depicted in the novel Neruda actually had, and left, three or four wives I think it is safe to assume that a man who can write movingly about love has experienced it in spades Great men often have great appetites Ampuero wanted to show the man as he was, not just as he is imagined to be.
My interest in this novel is the South American ness of it the point of view, the seasons, the food, the language The literature and music spoken of in the book, for whatever reason, is generally what Europeans and North Americans were reading or listening to at the time Occasionally Ampuero speaks of bolero and carimba, but as now when we read of detectives based in Europe or Africa, oftentimes they are listening to something America or Europe has produced.
Towards the end of this novel, my mind began to wander I wanted things to progress faster, but I think Ampuero was intent on placing Neruda s life in its historical context Despite my impatience with the slow unfolding of the mystery, I appreciated the fullness of the story by the end I read elsewhere that there are five books in the Detective Cayetano Brul series, of which this is not the first Ampuero apparently now works out of the University of Iowa, where he attended the Iowa Workshop.
Tak tahle kniha m trochu zklamala, podle anotace jsem o ek vala n co jin ho, ale jako detektivka to bylo dost nedota en , ploch a zp sob, jak se to nakonec v e roz e ilo byl absolutn podp sovka a uleh en si ivota autora, kter u asi nev d l, jak d l Kniha mi p ijde dost autobiografick st osud Beatriz kop ruje osud autora Kuba, NDR, n vrat do Chile , st osudu pak konvenuje s osudem Cayetanov m odchod za milovanou enou do ciziny, odchod do SRN , tak e re lie jsou popsan docela dob e a v rohodn , ale celkov je tolik lokac a d jov ch zvrat na tak mal m prostoru nutn p li zjednodu en ch Ostatn autor s m se v knize p mo objev jako syn soused Cayetana ve Valparaisu, kter chce b t spisovatelem a setk se s Nerudou by v re lu v doslovu autor p izn v , e se nikdy nepotkali Re lie Latinsk Ameriky jsem si musela dohledat na Wikipedii jm na, data, historie Chile a ivot Pabla Nerudy, min v tomto to bylo p nosn , ale samotn d j mi prost p i el nedota en a by autor neust le poukazuje na fakt, e Latinoameri an jsou jin ne Evropan kontrast s Maigretem , tak z kladn nrov pravidla plat pro v echny.
Pom rn brzo mi nasko ila asociace s ned vno vy lou knihou Do ivot , kter m b t tak detektivkou a stoj na ivot jin ho slavn ho autora Kundera ta je v eobecn vn m na jako parazitov n na autorovi a tohle je pro m prost ten sam p pad, by samotn kniha je asi o n co lep ne je podle recenz Do ivot zat m jsem to ne etla Ne n hodou je tohle prvn titul od autora p elo en do angli tiny a pak dal ch jazyk neb t Pabla Nerudy, tak to t hle kn ce asi moc ps ne t kne.
A mimochodem je opravdu mo n stvo it lov ka Cayetano detektiv, Beatriz co vlastn a byli by ochotn v jedn firm jako majitel koexistovat dva d ve hlavn nep tel Kontext E v p j ka z LBC KV p es eReading, teno na mobilu, v pl v holeovsk s rii ek m, a vyjde P zrak Prvn v ta Copak asi maj na srdci majitel firmy Almagro, Ruggiero Asociados, e m po dali, abych se tak kvapn dostavil Posledn v ta Ale nejd v mi pov z, Cayetano, dal by sis dobrou Chivas Regal s ledem Literary tourism See the locations of the book here link Booktrail of Neruda caseA mystery set against the backdrop of the Chilean 1973 coup which paints an interesting portrait of the poet Pablo NerudaStory in a nutshellCayetano Brul , is Cuban but lives in Valparaiso, Chile At a dinner party one evening he comes across the poet Pablo Neruda who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, just two years previously As they talk, Neruda provides him with a challenge to find a man he has not seen for many many years.
He hands him a pile of Simenon s Maigret detective novels and tells him that these will help give him all the detective skills he needs The only important thing is that he finds this man Neruda is dying of cancer and this is his final wish.
Cayetano finds that this mission takes him away from Chile, to Mexico, Cuba, East Germany, and Bolivia, where he meets a wide range of people and situations On the trail for one man Dr Angel Bracamonte, a researcher on the medicinal properties of native plants, but Neruda does not want to find Bracamonte for his medical skills There are personal reasons at stake.
Valparaiso Chile the home of Pablo Neruda and a key location for watching events of Chilean history unfold From the days following the opening of the Panama Canal to the coup of Salvador Allende, this novel is a tale of one poet, Chile s most well known and his search for secrets, during his final days in his beloved homeland.
The backdrop of the history and landscape of Chile run parallel to the story and form a large and informed picture of a country in turmoil.
In the 1970s, Cayetano, his wife, and Neruda watch the consequences of the political landscape play out right in front of their eyes The attempted coup came live and direct over the radio, like in the American movies, turning the country into a passive spectatorThe media buzz and the fear and excitement of the people show a country on the edge where tension is the order of the day This is a country going through some troubling times.
With each section of the book named after one of Neruda s women, each takes the story further and explains a side to the man not seen in the western world Pablo Neruda has three houses, the most famous of which is La Sebastiana and his poetry dots the literary landscape here giving a unique view of the man sitting in the armchair he names La Nube A man who loves women as much as words and whose life was filled with both grandeur and meanness.
The trail from Chile to Mexico, Cuba, East Germany, and Bolivia, is one of danger , Chilean history and expat frustration Revolution is coming and Chile is a country which will feel the full force of this drastic change With such a thrilling backdrop, the story of Neruda and his mystery search shows a side to Chile never seen before and a poet and his life which takes centre stage.
Bookish musingsIf you are interested in the poet Neruda and want to learn a little about Chilean history, this is a fine way to do it A slow plot in parts and one which develops over the whole book but what this leaves you with is a full and immersive impression of Chile, its history, and its people.
I knew a little of Neruda having studied him for A level Spanish and then again at university but never had I seen him like this before Some of it fictional yes, but this still gives an interesting view of him in his own surroundings.
To me this took centre stage and the story took a back seat but this didn t spoil the enjoyment of the book A potted cultural, poetic and political study of Chile for despite the many locations, Chile takes centre stage, but when the history is this fascinating, this is no bad thing.
A very interesting and immersive read
Notified May 31 that I have won a First Reads copy hooray My uncorrected proof copy arrived this afternoon June 7 let the reading begin.
English language readers finally have the opportunity to read the writing of Roberto Ampuero and what an opportunity it is Ampuero is an internationally acclaimed and translated writer and his Maigret wannabe detective, Cayetano Brule, has been entertaining readers for years We first meet Brule as he answers a summons from the supremely admired poet Pablo Neruda Neruda is seriously ill and asks Brule to find a doctor he knew years before who may provide help, or so we initially are led to believe Cayetano has no experience as a detective but Neruda cajoles him to begin the search and suggests he read the Simenon books starring the fictional detective Maigret for guidance in the art of detection And so begins a journey which takes Brule and the reader from Chile to Mexico to Cuba to East Germany, then Bolivia and finally back to Chile The main action takes place in 1973 against the chaotic and real events surrounding the fall of Allende and rise of Pinochet in Chile In each country, Ampuero supplies the reader with such detail that you feel you can actually taste the medianoche sandwich, hear the music of Irakere, smell the cigars being smoked, visualize the architecture all while being enveloped in the noir atmosphere There are many references, some sly or humorous, to Golden Age detectives, art, writers, TV and radio programs and other cultural markers of the early seventies And you also learn much about the life of the great Pablo Neruda Does Brule, wearing his trademark lavender and green guyano tie, adjust his eyeglasses, stroke his mustache and finally succeed in tracking down the person Neruda needs to find read this wonderfully translated thriller to find out and don t be surprised to realize that you will want to travel with Cayetano Brule wherever he goes next.
Thanks, First Reads Good Reads for my opportunity to meet the Cuban Maigret Un Pablo Neruda Anciano Y Enfermo Acaba De Regresar A Chile Despu S De Dejar Su Cargo Como Embajador Del Gobierno De Salvador Allende En Par S De Su Vida Llena De Xitos Le Queda Solo Un Misterio Por Desvelar Una Duda Profunda Que Lo Atormenta Cuando Percibe El Final De Su Existencia En El Invierno De Conoce Al Cubano Cayetano Brul , A Quien Involucra En Una Investigaci N Que Cambiar La Vida De Ste Para Siempre Mientras Tanto, En Chile El Poeta Espera Impaciente, En Medio De Un Ambiente Tenso Por El Inminente Golpe Militar Contra El Gobierno Una Novela En La Que Se Conjugan La Intriga, La Poes A, Las Pasiones Amorosas Y El Fin De Una Eraelcasoneruda The Neruda Case is a great book is a mystery that stars the famous poet and one of my very favorite poets personally , Pablo Neruda I love his poetry so much my husband and I actually had one of his poems read at our wedding as one of the readings so I was very excited to get a fictional glimpse of what the man was actually like Mysteries are not my usual fare but I really enjoyed this one Through Cayetano taking on Pablo Neruda s case, we get to learn about Pablo Neruda and the politics of 1970s Chile, which was a very tumultuous but fascinating time in the country I really liked how Ampuero was able to weave all of these elements together in order to create a story that will appeal to so many different readers.
The book also has a fantastic setting Throughout the book, Cayetano travels in order to solve Neruda s case I m not sure if I ve mentioned it before but back in college, I had a focus in Latin American politics so that area of the world is absolutely fascinating to me I loved seeing Chile, Mexico, and Cuba through the eyes of the characters I thought you got a very good sense of what was going on in each country This book definitely makes for good armchair traveling Cayetano Brul , Roberto Ampuero nun romanda Pablo Neruda taraf ndan nl Bel ika l polisiye yazar Georges Simenon un kitaplar n okumaya te vik ederek dedektifli e ba lamas n sa layan karakteri Simenon un Jules Maigret si gibi Cayetano Brul de Ampuero nun polisiye romanlar n n kahraman.
Roman 73 darbesinin yakla t zamanlarda Neruda n n a rla an hastal n n da etkisiyle ge mi indeki bir s rr a kl a kavu turmak istemesini konu al yor Cayetano Brul bir yandan Neruda n n ge mi indeki bu s rr ayd nlatmaya al rken di er yandan airin ge mi indeki a klar n etik taraf n sorguluyor B l mleri olu turan kad nlar n zerine yaz lan k s mlar Neruda n n a klar n n ac bir zeti niteli indeBizim mutlulu umuzun yol a t l mler korkun tur Cayetano Ama Ki isel mutlulu a giden yol, di erlerinin ac lar yla d enmi tirs 118Mutlulu umun kurbanlar ndan z r diliyorum Josie Bliss ve Mar a Antonieta dan, Delia ve Beatriz den ve Matilde den de, dizelerimle beslenen ill zyonlar okyanusunda bo ulan b t n kad nlardan z r diliyorums 223