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Peueña flor Esa tarde entendí ue lo ue creemos imposible suele estar a tres segundos de distanciaIosi Havilio ha escrito una novela magnífica e inesperada Peueña flor es un hipnótico y admirable único párrafo consistente adictivo producto de la prosa de un autor talentoso e inuieto ue se inclina por la búsueda constanteUn hecho fortuito y un matrimonio en plena meseta amorosa son los disparadores de una historia ue no para de crecer ue sorprende a cada paso hasta llegar al éxtasis acaso recién en su punto final


10 thoughts on “Peueña flor

  1. Jim Jim says:

    If you can set aside the time—a couple of hours will probably suffice unless you’re a particularly slow reader—I would suggest as I did reading this in a single sitting The work meanders on in a stream of unbroken text from beginning to end drifting from one subject to the next and I couldn’t really see any good reason for this until I read Jessica Seueira’s review for Litro where she makes this observationThe formal structure of one long paragraph makes everything “falsely” connect and makes language seem like a lake in which events or people might pop up and disappear flying fish that hurl themselves upward for a taste of the fresh air before they plunge again into the depths of the sea Granted not all Havilio’s transitions are entirely seamless—there were a couple of times I could definitely feel him taking a breath—but at least he keeps his sentences to a reasonable length Although I would recommend reading Jessica’s review you might want to look at it after the fact because she reveals a bit than you’d want to know at the startThe book opens with the seemingly throwaway lineThis story begins when I was someone else Of course we’re all so keen to get into the book we don’t pay it much attention The protagonist José—thirty six—goes on to describe getting on his bike and pedalling off to work only to find his place of employment—a firework factory—has gone up in flames He parks himself beside a “sizeable tree perched on a hill” and watches the emergency services get on with their business On Friday the redundancy telegram arrived So he’s unemployed He and Laura have a one year old daughter and the immediate solution to their financial worries is obviousLaura reacted coolly saying that we had to be sensible in the circumstances She could go back to work; her year off was beginning to feel too long after all At first with unthinking conformity I objected but the prospect of hunting for a job soon shut me up Rent and food were non negotiable expenses Within the week Laura went back to the publishing house and I was forced to become a housewife And so within a few pages José’s transformation has becomeWorst of all was that dreary stretch in the middle of the afternoon that sluggish creeping time between lunch and Laura’s return I entered a black hole in which I could will myself with eual conviction to change the world or to vanish without trace My spirit had become a permanent hologram No matter what attitude I tried to take I’d end up falling into a trap; no initiative ever got beyond the limbo of assertions Another little sentence that’s easy to skip over without giving it much thought and again I find myself drawn to Jessica Seueira’s reviewIt isn’t entirely clear whether the events described occur in reality or within this “hologram” But perhaps the disuieting suggestion here is that there really isn’t so much of a difference I have to say when I was reading the book I never imagined for a second that what I was reading no matter how absurd it got and it gets pretty weird wasn’t real By the end of the book however José has been transformed—he is definitely someone else—but then so is everyone else in the book His wife for example I’m assuming they’re married has to return to work as a proof reader rather than an editor and she finds that hard so hard she ends up in a therapy group run by the charismatic Horacio that has all the makings of a cult Meanwhile José becomes friends with his jazz loving next door neighbour Guillermo and I really didn’t see where that relationship was heading No they don’t become lovers; that’d be far too easyWithout giving away anything let me just ask you this If you did a bad thing and got away with it would you be tempted to do it again? I suppose it depends Even if it’s taking a pen home from work you have to live with it It’s only a pen but then it’s only theft The pen runs out or you lose it and you take home another one Or two Better to have a spare Actions have conseuences though and the next thing you know you’re being stopped by a security guard and uestioned about the reams of paper in your carryall But what if there were no conseuences? I keep coming back to that word hologram Nowadays I expect people would think of Star Trek’s holodeck than 3D photography and the wonderful thing about holodecks is you can do whatever you like in them—slaughter half a dozen Klingons in a training exercise—and think nothing of it It’s not real No one died Real life’s not like that But what if it was?Something happens to José when he’s with Guillermo that makes him uestion reality as he’s come to know it Of course if like me you don’t know much about Russian literature especially Tolstoy’s final novel Resurrection the Chilean born French filmmaker Jodorowsky “regarded by many as the spiritual guru of the new millennium” or the music of Sidney Bechet you might not get all the references but I coped An interesting read nevertheless and although it leaves things hanging at the end the climax does make sense Sort of Me I would’ve uit while I was aheadAfter you’ve read the book you might also find this interview with the author of some interest


  2. Bill Hsu Bill Hsu says:

    Odd and disorienting this meanders through some surprising twists I have a lot of trouble with the lack of paragraph breaks but was mostly ambling along And suirming at the narrator's highly uestionable reasoning and concluding action


  3. Jonathan Carr Jonathan Carr says:

    An utterly fantastic read Completely unputdownable One to read in one sitting I definitely need to check out Iosi Havilio's other work


  4. Susanna Susanna says:

    What a ride I loved the single paragraph format of this short novel; beforehand I thought that format might feel gimmicky but the book’s urgency makes it necessary I think I always enjoy an interplay between themes and genres as here with Tolstoy Sidney Bechet and Jodorowsky mostly references to works I vaguely know of but am not deeply familiar with at all The story is disturbing mystical and haunting and the writing is energetic and invigorating


  5. tomwrote tomwrote says:

    Other reviews mention something along the lines of 'I don't really know what's going on but I think I like it' That works for meThe prose and atmosphere has the dreamlike uality that might be expected but so does the plot which is a little rarerOverheated and intense this is a fever dream of a read


  6. kasia kasia says:

    Many people will tell you to read this delightfully strange novel in one setting but I confess I needed to set it down from time to time when the digressions got a little too extra though by the end I recognized that they had their place But it's great fun; odd and unexpected


  7. Sarah Wilson Sarah Wilson says:

    Fun short surreal book about a house husband and his discovery that he can semi permanently murder Slightly too 'existential internal monologue of a man' but not too grating a protagonist Nice expression of father bonding with his child No interesting women really Translated from Spanish


  8. Maria Maria says:

    Bit confusing some bits that I skipped over because they were uite boring Very artsy to the point where you'd sometimes get a bit fed up of it But definitely immersive and also kind of stressful at times which fits with the theme I guess


  9. Claire O& Claire O& says:

    I loved this little book Lots of twists and turns Read with Blackwells looking forward to meeting the author


  10. Carla Hafez Carla Hafez says:

    I was blown away by this book It’s fantastic Basically it’s the story of José husband and dad to a toddler who loses his job in a fire He then goes on to pour all his energy on being the stay at home dad possible He keeps an impeccable house grows his own veggies and takes the little one to play dates But his wife who cut short her maternity leave and had to settle for a lower position to pay bills resents him As his marriage spirals out of control and he gives up on his dreams something supernatural happens Like we say in Spanish it’s the last drop that spilled the water It’s an amazing story narrated in a string of confused thoughts I cannot recommend it enough Probably one of the best books I’ve read in a long time


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