Condenado a la seriedad y a la impostura, Julio, el silencioso protagonista de Bonsái – la novela que supuso el brillante debut narrativo de Alejandro Zambra– . Eso es lo que ha hecho Alejandro Zambra en este libro que, del mismo modo que un bonsái no es un árbol, más que una novela corta o un relato largo es una . Zambra’s first novel, Bonsái, attracted much attention in Chile and appeared in the Spanish Editorial Anagrama, which was awarded the.

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Alejandro Zambra

I had been offered the translation but it would have taken forever and so I opted for the proofreading and when I found I had had to more or less xlejandro re-translate it, I was livid. And Zambra doesn’t do anything much, besides telling me a story about Julio, who could well be sitting across me in this cafe and reciting the content, verbatim.

It is a stunning accomplishment. There is a gorgeous character study at play: They liked it almost enough to get hot from it.

Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. Preview — Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra. I was prepared to abandon it I must confess. Were there no other novels published? To see the comparisons between Madrid, Spain and Chile also adds an extra dimension to this story.

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Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. It is the story of two young lovers, lovers of one another and literature, and what happens to them once they part. Cast a succor net on our isolated struggles? And turned on I am. View all 20 comments. He won a scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in Madridwhere he obtained an MA in Hispanic studies.

More days without purpose: His most recent novel inWays of Going Home is a fictional novel but draws heavily on Zambra’s childhood experience under the Pinochet dictatorship. The word already includes the living element. We follow Julio and Emilia – the two people who in the span of less than hundred pages became people I was more than acquainted with.

Condemned to a life of seriousness and imposture, Julio, the silent protagonist of this book, ends up convincing himself that it is better to shut himself in his room to observe the growth of a bonsai than to wander along the uncomfortable paths of literature.

Bonsai – Editorial Anagrama

I read this short story after a very annoying day proofreading a translation by a very bad translator. Bonsai is the story of Julio and Emilia, a young Chilean couple who become lovers almost inadvertently.

View all 3 comments. View all 46 comments. So as a result I’m looking for another “fix” by this wonderful author and I already have my eyes set on zambar most recent book! A poem dedicated to being young and careless and wasteful of the most precious moments of your life, if you only had the wisdom to know it at the time.


I only wanted a local short novel to read between transfers on my recent trip to Chile, and I ended alejanxro with this precious gem of a poem in prose, heavy with the memories of my own lost youth among books and movies and lost loves that I know nothing about today.

There is a smiling bonsai somewhere tucked in the corner here, perhaps. De pe stamine de alun, alejandr plopii albi, se cerne jarul. It was the right choice for me from the language point of view. Both refused to play Charles but their good sex life continues. A bonsai is an artistic replica of a tree, in miniature.

So, now I was determined: Si continua navegando, consideramos que acepta su uso. The Fiction of Alejandro Zambra”. Alejandro Zambra Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. Once outside its flowerpot, the tree ceases to be a bonsai. Get Bonsai and read it. The Private Lives of Trees”.