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La pregunta de sus ojos Benjamín Chaparro es un detective retirado ue todavía sigue obsesionado por la brutal décadas de antigüedad violación y asesinato de una joven casada en su propio dormitorio Mientras intenta escribir un libro sobre el caso él revisita los detalles de la investigación Cuando busca en el pasado Chaparro también recuerda el principio de su largo y no correspondido amor por Irene Hornos por auel entonces solamente una pasante ahora una respetable juez


10 thoughts on “La pregunta de sus ojos

  1. Michael Michael says:

    I appreciated the subtle art of this tale of compromised justice and unfulfilled love in the context of life under the brutal regime in Argentina in the 60’s and 70’s Benjamín Chaparro is an administrative clerk who helps coordinate judicial oversight of criminal cases in Buenos Aires In his retirement he takes up the task of making a novel about an old case that changed his life and moved him to action beyond just a cog in a machine In the process we get a wonderful example of acting on basic human empathy can lead one to sacrifices that can put integrity as a chapter into one’s personal storyThe case involves a rape and murder of the wife of bank clerk Morales His total devotion to his wife and irreconcilable grief undermines Chaparro’s usual distance from his cases As a man whose love relationships are marked by failure he can’t help envying Morales even in his loss for his ability to love so deeply The inability of the system Chaparro serves to find justice for Morales eats at him so much that years later he pursues a private investigation His own infatuation with a married judge and experience with reading her eyes allows him to identify a suspect based on a photo capturing such a look given to the murdered woman hence the titleChaparro’s obsession with this case leads him to team up with an honest cop and to effectively tap the skills at deception of a colorful alcoholic colleague Sandoval His friendship and work with these characters is wonderfully drawn I don’t want to spoil the story so I will merely say that the successes in solving the crime are undermined by the repressive regime they are working under and Chaparro pays a big price for his efforts The resolution decades later takes a surprising twist Inuiring minds will want to know if Chaparro finds love and fulfillment as a human being Readers considering reading this novel will be challenged by the structure of a narrator interrupting the tale over his process and reflections on his own motivations in carrying out the writing I personally found this meta aspect a barrier to immersion in the story Also with our direct access to the feelings of the narrator I found it implausible that life under the regime was not infused pervasively with numbing terror I am led to take the story as a bit of a parable along the lines of Coetzee’s novel “Waiting for the Barbarians”


  2. Aditi Aditi says:

    The brevity or prolonging the life of a human being depends primarily on the flow of pain that person is forced to endure Eduardo SacheriEduardo Sacheri an Argentinean author has penned a gripping novel The Secret in Their Eyes which has later been translated into English after this book's movie adaption won an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 So they call it the novel that became an Oscar winning film which traces the story of a retired investigator trying to write a novel based on a decade old rape cum murder of a young married woman and in the process of going through the past old memories as well as romances cloud up his soul thus re opening the window to his much cherished past but it comes with a price and with some mind blowing revelations both personal as well as politicalSynopsis Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal decades old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom While attempting to write a book about the case he revisits the details of the investigation As he reaches into the past Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long unreuited love for Irene Hornos then just an intern now a respected judge Set in the Buenos Aires of the 1970s Sacheri’s tale reveals the underpinnings of Argentina’s Dirty War and takes on the uestion of justice—what it really means and in whose hands it belongs The original Argentinean title is called El secreto de sus ojos that later became the basis for an Oscar winning film called The Secret in Their Eyes in Argentina directed by Juan José CampanellaThe story opens with Benjamín Chaparro who is a bureaucrat working as a deputy clerk in the Palace of Justice or the Argentinian court of justice Now he is about to retire from his position and is planning to write a novel about a man named Ricardo Morales whose young pregnant wife was brutally raped as well as murdered in the very comfort of their marital home Soon Morales is ruled out of the list of suspects and further intervening reveals that the killer is lurking somewhere near them or someone who is close to the woman Thus when Chaparro shows few old snapshots of some men to Morales his facial expression changes and thus judging from a hunch as well as on Morales expression Chaparro risks his life to capture this killer and becomes successful four years later But due to inner as well as political corruption in the judiciary and the then periods of Argentinian Dirty War allows the killer to walk free who soon disappears into thin air This is the central story of the book that occurs in the time frame of late 60s whereas the present is tuned to the early 90s when the story opens with Chaparro and his idea of his manuscript The present story is where the author narrates about Chaparro's secret love interest which he harbored within himself for over 30 years although after two unsuccessful marriages he is still in love with his then colleague cum intern Irene Hornos who is now a judge of the courtThis novel is the perfect example of a complex plot that stitches the threads of complexities into the minds of its readers with it's intricate structure of the mystery Swaying between two timelines and in between two narrative styles while describing the present the author uses the third person POV of Chaparro and while describing the past he uses the first person POV of Chaparro the author never loses away from the exact emotion of the storyline suspense and anticipationThe prose is absolutely reminiscent thus knotting the brains of its readers with nostalgia layered with suspense and the urge of finding out what happens next never leaves the room The pacing is really good although at times Chaparro's difficulty as well as uncertainty in writing a story from his past with so many unfilled gaps proved to be a bit dull in the already intriguingly glowing plotThe mystery is wrapped under a corrupted judiciary as well as dirty politics in Argentina which proved to be a strong backdrop for this story thus making it engaging as well as thought provoking for its readers Dirty War is the period when political violence was at it's peak due a defect inside the ruling government of then time lasting from 1976 to 1983 This unstable as well as fractured Argentinian society is vividly described in Chaparro's past with lots of in depth details The author even lets his readers uestion a society so heavily corrupted as well as Chaparro's methods in solving the crimeThe complex characterization proved to be a boon for this plot from the murdered victim to the secret lover to the killer to the windowed man to the murdered best friend to the protagonist each and every one uestions the readers' minds and leave a long lasting fragrance of their complicated demeanorOverall this is a brilliant example of Sacheri's literary work And do read this book if you've watched the original Argentinian movie or is planning to watch the latest Hollywood version of this book that is directed by Billy Ray featuring a star cast actors like Julia Roberts Nichole Kidman Chiwetel Ejiofor Dean Norris Micheal Kelly etc that will release in the month of October 2015Verdict Always catch a book before it's movieadaption glitters up the silver screen and when it's movie adaption has secured an Academy Awards then you must read it


  3. Carol (Bookaria) Carol (Bookaria) says:

    After watching this book's film adaptation the Argentinian version three separate times it was about time I read the novel it was based onI absolutely love the film and now I enjoyed the book It's all about the characters specially that of the main one Chaparro and his coworker Sandoval In the story Chaparro is reflecting back on his life and trying to write a book about the brutal murder of a young woman 30 years ago  The novel takes place in Argentina during the late 60s and throughout the 70s and 80sI read the book in Spanish which is the original language I have not read it in English so I don't know how good the translation is The original title is THE UESTION IN THEIR EYESLa Pregunta de sus Ojos when the movie came out the title was changed I enjoyed it and recommend it


  4. Tom Mathews Tom Mathews says:

    This book was amazing I am amazed that a mystery with such an intricate plot could have been made into a movie and an Oscar winning movie to boot Sacheri's book rates as my top mystery of the year maybe even longerRecently retired judicial officer Benjamín Chaparro has decided to begin his retirement by writing a book His reasons are twofold; to purge himself of the 30 year old cold case that has dogged his career and also to provide an excuse for freuent visits to a coworker that he has had a crush on for decades As his story within a story unfolds the reader is introduced to an intriguing cast of characters on either or both sides of the law as Chaparro works to resolve a tragic rape and murderI highly recommend it


  5. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    910 La pregunda de sus ojos I like the sound of the Spanish title the melodic twang that tempts me to put on an album by Astor Piazzolla in the background I knew what to expect after watching and loving the movie version that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film Actually I wish I had discovered the book before seeing the movie because some of the urgency and some of the surprising revelations are lost in a second reading I understand Eduardo Sacherri actually worked on the script so it shouldn't be a surprise that it was such a good adaptation Still I believe some aspects were better handled in the movie especially those involving IreneFor those who are unfamiliar with the story the book is a police procedural a political thriller an existential introspective journey a moving love story that transcends death another romantic entanglement that somehow cannot make the translation from eyes to words The police procedural referes to the investigation led by a functionary in the Justice Department Benjamin Chaparro into the gruesome murder of Liliana Colotto a young housewife in a typical Buenos Aires suburb The political thriller refers to the impact of the military dictature on the life of ordinary citizens and on the distortion of justice when it is put in the service of state terrorism The existential angle comes from Chaparro looking back at his life after his retirement from the administrative post and examining his obsession with the Colotto case and his relationship with his two former wifes with his colleagues and enemies bureaucrats arrivists activistss The love that continues after death is the story of the young widower Ricardo Morales who is a 'dead man' and twenty six and can't give up on the idea of justice for his murdered wife The romance without words is the passion of Chaparro for his colleague and later boss in the Justice department Irene Hornos The different threads are in fact inseparrable and each one determines the other in a chain of causality that I found both chilling and convincing in their casualness 'it could happen to anyone anywhere' where people consider themselves above the law Here's how Morales explains it Do you want me to tell you the truth? I simply applied the existential principle that governs my life It's my maxim Everything that can go bad is going to go bad And its corollary everything that seems to be going well will turn sooner or later to shit Among many highlights in the novel I couldn't let pass the friendship between Benjamin and Sandoval his brilliant but booze addled colleague sometimes we men feel secure if we treat those we love a little coldly who sometimes feels like he carries all the pain of the world on his shouldersSpecific to the book are the confessional chapters of Benjamin working on the book uestioning his memory his motives and his capability of accurately putting thought on paper This inclusion of the author into the story adds a layer of authenticity of personal involvement of actual people and situations being recounted In the afterword I found a mention of actual events that inspired the story the release of criminals from a state prison that later found their way into hit suads 'dissapearing' people who made the powerful uncomfortable I guess when there are things you can't say the words have to come out through your eyes is the key to both the title and the investigation The long years put into the research for the case the scarcity of direct physical evidence the introverted investigator the careful characterizations the general downbeat tone of the narrative and the political musings all these elements make me draw parallels to the Nordic crime novels especially the ones featuring Inspector Martin Beck from the Maj Sjowall Per Wahloo series and recently the Kurt Wallander booksHighly recommended


  6. Lau Lau says:

    This novel was so interesting and compelling that I finished than half of the book in one day I literally couldn't put the book down Having watched the film I thought that I wouldn't be as engaged with the book because I knew or less how the story was going to unravel I couldn't have been wrong Sacheri brought his character to life with his wonderful descriptions and dialogues filled with emotions and every day phrases I felt as if I could run into Chaparro or Sandoval or even the corrupt policemen any day of the week I really liked the changes between first person and third person narrator It was really intersting to see what went through Chaparro's mind while writing his novel I've always been fascinated by the act of writing and the different insights we got of writer Chaparro were very appealing to meI'm really surprised about how much I loved both the film and the book I'm one of the the books are so much better than the films type of person but in this particular case the book and the film managed to amazed me in or less the same degree in spite of the changesA very good and appealing story orchestred by an extremely talented author I liked Sacheri so much that I'm even considering reading his football related work


  7. Jeanette (Again) Jeanette (Again) says:

    This author employs some stylistic affectations ranging from the merely distracting to the downright annoying The worst of these uirks is the freuent interruptions from the main character narrator so he can tell you about his writing process These constant shifts made it impossible for me to follow the thread of the narrativeI was also put off by the excessive use of foul language I'm not bothered by it in small doses but this book is loaded with f bombs and the word asshole is used NINE times on page 31 Profanity is a crutch for crippled minds and for those who need to expand their vocabulary


  8. Olga Olga says:

    Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective who is writing a book about a murder case he worked on years ago and as he revisits the details of the investigation he also recalls the beginning of his long unreuited love for Irene Hornos then just an intern now a respected judge Set in the Buenos Aires of the late 1960s Sacheri’s tale reveals the underpinnings of Argentina’s Dirty War and takes on the uestion of justice — what it really means and in whose hands it belongsLast week I got so excited about a fantasy series that I stayed up way too late to finish 3 books in a little over a week By the time I finally remembered about the tendency of time to keep going no matter how engrossed we are in a story it was Sunday and I was nowhere near ready to write the review for The Secret In Their Eyes especially since I had mixed feelings about the book The mixed feelings persisted until the very end and in a way I feel like I've read two different books about the same characters One is set in the present day and tells about a retired court employee struggling with writing a book and with his love for a woman he believes is out of his reach The other is the actual book Chaparro is writing and it is set in the 60s and tells about Chaparro's investigation into the rape and murder of a young woman and how it ties people together for decades and affects the course of their lives The past and present alternated and I really enjoyed the past parts The voice was direct and strong although not invulnerable the events unfolded at a good pace and I really liked the characters sympathized with them and hoped they would succeed The present was difficult Half the time it read like a stream of consciousness rant about how much Chaparro is in love with Irene and how he can't live without thinking about her all the time These parts were much less enjoyable to me they were in the way of the real story and it was tiring reading about Benjamin's lovesickness over and over how he couldn't sleep for days after every meeting with Irene remembering the way she smiled and looked at him and smelled It was like reading about a teenager living through his first crush than about a 60 year old man and whenever these chapters started I wished the author would go back to telling us about the investigation If someone asked me to uickly name one thing that sets the writing of this book apart from the others I've read this year I'd say it's the vocabulary There were SAT words in this one novel than I recall seeing in all the rest of them combined and the best part is that it felt natural like that's just the way the author talks and it was thrilling to read a book where words you don't see every day let alone use don't feel forced The sentence structure and the way the sentences fit together was unusual I'm just not sure whether that's because the novel is translated or that's the way it was meant to be It took some getting used to but eventually it became charming in a way and I almost stopped noticing it Reading The Secrets In Their Eyes made me think about justice There are so many crime TV shows these days and at the end of almost every episode the guilty get what they deserve but here things aren't so simple and I keep thinking about how often than not the scum of the earth keep going adding one wrongdoing after another to the scorecard they feel no remorse about while the honest and the righteous suffer at their hands make sacrifices to ensure that the guilty get punished and even then there are no guarantees that it'll actually happen I guess that's the reason we have the superheroes and the TV shows we want justice to prevail and for the good guys to come out on top And here they do EventuallyP S In 2010 a movie by the same name won an Oscar as the best foreign film and in case you've seen it and are wondering whether it would spoil the story for you I can say that both yes and no The general direction of the plot is the same but the film makers took uite a few liberties with the story so regardless of whether you watch the movie after reading the book or the other way around there are still plenty of surprises This book was received from the publisher Other Press through NetGalley


  9. John John says:

    A few years ago I watched the Oscar winning Argentinian movie El Secreto de Sus Ojos 2009; vt The Secret in Their Eyes and absolutely adored it I bored people by recommending it to them not once or twice but incessantly For the same reason I've avoided the 2015 Hollywood remake At the time I was startled to find there was no English language translation of the novel upon which the movie was based but I discovered recently that Other Press had corrected this oversightBenjamin Chaparro is retiring from his position as deputy clerk in the court of an investigative judge and decides to fill his idle hours by writing a book based on one of the most affecting cases he had to deal with the brutal rape and murder of a young woman and his attempts to solve the crime in hopes not so much of justice as of bringing some solace to the soul of the victim's bereft husband Complicating his efforts were the fact that during the period in uestion Argentina was suffering under the brutal rule of the military junta its citizens being subjected to the Dirty War in which perhaps tens of thousands of civilians were disappeared for resisting the government or just having dangerous ideasBenjamin and his sidekick Sandoval plus a rare honest cop Inspector Baaz fairly soon worked out the most likely suspect and eventually coaxed a confession out of him but the man wasn't long in prison before he was suddenly released and as an obvious sociopath recruited into one of the secret police's gangs charged with seizing torturing and murdering supposed enemies of the state or simply anyone who'd pissed someone off Since the man in charge of that death suad was an oafish clerk whose dismissal Benjamin had brought about because of the man's vicious corruption and incompetence at the start of the Morales case clearly the life of Benjamin himself was now suddenly in grave danger That's the first part of the tale that we're told by Benjamin's book chapters from which form the bulk of this novel interspersed among other sections describing Benjamin's life in the present day as he forces himself to persist in writing his memoir while also confronting his decades long cowardice in not declaring himself to the woman he's loved all that time Judge Irene Hornos since first he set eyes on her when she was a young internAlthough the overall story is much the same there are some uite major differences between the book and the movie most notably that in the movie Irene plays an active role in the investigation whereas in the novel she's not involved in it at all Had you asked me beforehand if I thought this difference would represent a weakness in the novel I might very well have said yes; in fact it proved to be nothing of the sort I now simply cannot decide which version of the tale I preferWhat I can tell is that the novel bowled me over every bit as much as the movie did back in 2010 I found it absolutely gripping both because I was desperate to follow the events and because I liked the central characters of Benjamin Sandoval and Baaz so much Benjamin in particular whose freuent judgements of others as craven idiots seem curmudgeonly at first until you have to concede in light of their actions that he's being no than frank It was Argentina's tragic misfortune that the craven idiots managed to take over the country and brutalize so much of societyThis is a powerful and a moving book What's surprising at least it surprised me is how much humor Sacheri manages to inject into it even as the tragedy unfolded I found myself chuckling from time to time thanks usually to being in the company of the excellent Benjamin John Cullen's translation is beautifully fluent The Secret in Their Eyes is a novel to cherish


  10. Hermien Hermien says:

    I really enjoyed the film a few years ago and the book lived up to my expectations The structure of the book worked very well for me


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