Severina

Severina Un delirio amoroso As define su autor a esta novela en la que la mon tona existencia de un librero se ve conmocionada por la irrupci n de una consumada ladrona de libros

  • Title: Severina
  • Author: Rodrigo Rey Rosa
  • ISBN: 9788420406893
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Un delirio amoroso As define su autor a esta novela, en la que la mon tona existencia de un librero se ve conmocionada por la irrupci n de una consumada ladrona de libros.

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    1. karen

      She seemed to be genuinely afraid of people who cleaned the houses of others. One day I asked her if she could tell me why."They can know all about you, but you don't know anything about them."I was thinking: that's what our relationship is likeis is an unusual and jagged little love story about a bookstore owner who becomes obsessed with a beautiful and enigmatic shoplifter. he watches her steal from him on several different visits, dutifully cataloging a list of the titles missing from his she [...]

    2. Greg

      Severina is a novella about a beautiful young woman who steals books and the co-owner of a bookstore she steals from who falls in love with her. It's basically a minimalist love story with some musings of books here and there. I imagine that if you took the time to jot down, think about and maybe read all of the books that the young thief steals that you would wind up fairly well read and maybe open up some more elements to the story, but the majority of the books probably aren't available in Am [...]

    3. Stephen P

      Long raven black hair, attractive, seductive, no identity. She travels with an elderly man supposedly her grandfather, with a fake I.D. They live by and for books. She steals books wherever she goes. They read them. He watches her. Can't take his eyes off her. By the cash register he notes which books were taken, when. Does nothing about it. Crossing the boundary between pleasure and the imagination of desire's hope, he becomes infatuated with her, falls in love. She returns his favors?Deception [...]

    4. jeremy

      a slim, bibliocentric novella about a book proprietor and his infatuation with the elusive young woman who thieves his wares, severina is an enticing little tale by guatemalan author/translator (and paul bowles's literary executor) rodrigo rey rosa. the seventh of his works to be translated into english, severina weds a love of books and reading with the intrigue and passion of amorous desire and longing. rey rosa's story is an alluring one - perhaps all the more accessible and charming to anyon [...]

    5. dianne

      A pretty flawless story, well told. A man swept into a dream, only slightly magically. “For the first time in my life, I was embarking on a purely sentimental adventure.”Lest you think this devolves into romantic schmaltz, a few lines later he is reading Dario:Executioners of ideals have afflicted the Earth, mankind is imprisoned in a well of darkness along with the violent mastiffs of hatred and war.Severina, and her traveling companion, whose role remains undefined for a frustrating while, [...]

    6. Susana

      Seleccioné este libro por dos razones: un autor guatemalteco joven altamente recomendado y el tema, el amor entre dos amantes de los libros, el dueño de una librería y una ladrona de libros.Por una parte sentí mucha envidia del protagonista dueño de la librería, junto con otros amigos, no como negocio, si no como manera de garantizar el acceso a los libros que querían:" un modelo extremo de existencia, con la absoluta libertad, una forma radical de realizar un ideal que yo mismo me había [...]

    7. Billy O'Callaghan

      A bookshop owner (and this book's narrator) notices that one of his customers, a beautiful young woman who he has fallen for on first sight, is stealing books from him. Instead of immediately challenging her, and afraid of frightening her away, he starts to feed her habit. When he does finally confront her, they fall into a relationship of sorts, but while their connections are, physically, everything he desires, emotionally she remains cut off, and an entire mystery to him. Bit by bit, he comes [...]

    8. MariannaInAfrica

      Miałam dziś luźniejszy poranek, więc do śniadania przeczytałam "Severinę" i niewiele z tego wynikło. Sympatyczna opowiastka, ale nie poruszyła mnie specjalnie. Pan Rey Rosa napisał jednak parę innych książek, więc dam mu jeszcze kiedyś szansę :)

    9. Marco Díaz

      This wonderful short novel has such a captivating prose that it will have you turning the pages diligently until its end. It is almost like a lived dream in which the limits between reality and unreality blur . I will have to agree with Roberto Bolaño's comment on this one: "Reading Rey Rosa is not only learning how to write, but also an invitation to let yourself be drawn by sinister or fantastic stories." I'm glad to hear that there are Guatemalan compatriots obtaining a privileged spot in co [...]

    10. Jfmarhuenda

      Una historia de amor por los libros de seres libres, y una historia de amor de un hombre por una mujer. En algunos momentos me ha resultado muy bueno.

    11. Tom

      Chris Andrews turns in another able translation of a formidable Latin American author, this time Rodrigo Rey Rosa, rather than Roberto Bolaño. Andrews, Rey Rosa, and Bolaño share a taste for the improbable romance, the femme fatale (more literary than criminal, but given an apparent fondness for noir sensibilities, a necessary confluence of both), the woman who remains eternally inscrutable and desirable. In "Severina," a bookstore owner falls in love with a woman who is beautiful, intelligent [...]

    12. Maria Paiz

      "Me fijé en ella la primera vez que entró, y desde entonces sospeché que era una ladrona, aunque esa vez no se llevó nada". Con esa primera línea, Rodrigo Rey Rosa me capturó, sin soltarme hasta cerrar el libro. "Severina" es la historia de una ladrona de libros y del librero que se enamora de ella. Amar a Severina es jugar con fuego: por momentos da calor y por otros, quema. De ella sabemos poco y lo que sabemos lo ponemos en duda, pero lo que está claro es que se trata de una seductora [...]

    13. Tuck

      rey rosa is guatemala's most exciting modern writer , i think. this story set in guat. city about a sketchy couple and the book store owner who falls in love with them. and yes, you guessed it, fatally.

    14. Paul Fulcher

      "Bookshops are infested with ideas. Books are quivering, murmuring creatures. That’s what one of my business partners used to say. He was a poet, quite a clever guy (though not as clever as he thought), and likeable enough. There’s something to it: the three little Russian books stood there on the shelf next to the cash register for several days, murmuring, quivering, preserving her memory, but she didn’t return. Those were eventful days, or rather I heard that they’d been eventful (ther [...]

    15. Michael Wolfe

      A memorable tale I’ve been reading Rey Rosa’s work off and on since the 1980s when I often visited Tangier. This is a remarkable piece of writing. I’m completely happy with it. It even provided me the occasion to re-read a A Paul Bowles short story. Thank you, Rodrigo!

    16. David Young

      In his introduction to Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s Severina (Yale University Press, 112 pages), poet and translator Chris Andrews writes that for readers expecting the “baroque exuberance” of fellow Guatemalan writer Miguel Angel Asturias, Rey Rosa’s fiction will come as a surprise. Not only does Rey Rosa eschew the colorful language of his predecessor for more restrained and economical prose, he allows dreams, fantasies, and hallucinations to regularly puncture his character’s worlds. In this [...]

    17. Roger Brunyate

      The Book ThiefRodrigo Rey Rosa was an unknown name to me until I picked up this book at random in the library and, after reading the text, consulted the very helpful introduction by the translator Chris Andrews. Born in 1958, he is regarded as Guatemala's leading literary author, holding a place in the center of the younger generation of Latin American writers. Even more persuasive than that are the names of three late great writers associated with his work: Paul Bowles, who translated three of [...]

    18. Ana

      So, usually, when I read, I try to always read a book in Spanish and then a book in English (maybe you had already noticed). However, sometimes, it is hard for me to find books in Spanish to read. And I'm not saying there aren't some excellent Latin-American and Spanish-Speaking writers - of course there are; but sometimes I find it hard to balance classic or pseudo modern (like 70's-80's) writing with more contemporary ones. So well, here and in some future entries, I'll try to incorporate a bi [...]

    19. Monica

      Ayer leí esta novela porque me produjo curiosidad la historia que gira en torno a un núcleo que son los libros, hay libros por todas partes, libros robados, regalados, pagados, prestados, libros escritos al margen del mismo libro, libros que se leen en voz alta, libros como el cuento de Bowles, escrito de modo que se puede leer de atrás para adelante. Es el encuentro entre un librero y una ladrona de libros (pero no la ladrona de libros al estilo de la novela de Markus Zusak, que me pareció [...]

    20. paul

      Una historia dichosa que juega con la fantasía de muchos lectores (opino yo). La idea de tener una librería y encontrarse con un ser querido y desconocido que vive para los libros en una manera absurda y adolescente– ladrona de libros. Clasificaría cada personajes de este libro como uno Detective Salvaje más sin titubear (no titubeé cuando el librero abrió la narrativa). Rosa tiene una sencillez, tanto como César Aira, de presentar una historia que le hace la mente del lector disparar c [...]

    21. Anna

      I broke the rule and judged the book by its cover. In this case, a simply beautiful, colorful cover of polish hardcover edition. Not knowing anything about the inside I decided to purchase this book (what’s more, via internet!). It’s a pleasure to read this rather short story of a pretty girl stealing books from bookshops in Guatemala. It has a flavor of South American magical realism, a little bit of Murakami meets Almodovar atmosphere. Anyone who’s into books and bookstores (so most of u [...]

    22. Marisa Gonzalez

      A short novella about a bookstore owner who falls in love with a mysterious woman who steals books from his store. This book is written by a Guatamalean writer. I was hoping the story would have more insight to that culture but it doesn't other than mentioning that the woman is afraid of the Mayan housekeepers for a reason which is unknown. The ending was interesting. I think this is a good book if you like short stories and don't mind really knowing the backgrounds of characters.

    23. Mr. V.

      More of an intriguing short story in quick, blunt prose that reminded me of Hemingway. I did like the title character but I'm not sure I ever connected w the narrator. I enjoyed reading a book set in Central America though, and it made me want to investigate more novels written in this part of the world!

    24. Pedro Casserly

      El librero bibliófilo conoce a una bella mujer, que parece formar parte, con su “señor mayor” de una secta secreta que vive para los libros. La novela tiene la fluidez y calidad literaria conocida de Rey Rosa, uno de los pocos escritores contemporáneos que conservan la calidad sin clichés, desbordes ni experimentaciones tan frecuentes en la literatura latinoamericana actual.

    25. Manuel Solorzano

      Definitivamente un delirio amoroso pero me pareció que por momentos se apresuró a cambiar de escena y no termina de completar los momentos que vive el protagonista lo cual hizo pocos creíble el proceso del delirio. Me daré otra oportunidad de leer a Rey Rosa. No me quiero quedar con esta primera impresión. Regular. No me pareció justo pagar $10 por ella. Sorry.

    26. World Literature Today

      "The twists and turns of the incredible story leave the reader awestruck, waiting for some kind of cataclysm to befall the lovers." - Janet Mary Livesey, University of OklahomaThis book was reviewed in the March 2015 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: bit/1MmYugM

    27. Joem

      I wasn't all that into it. It wasn't as poetic as I'd like such a short story to be. And I'm not really into the theme of fetishization of books. That said, it was still interesting and I wanted to finish it.

    28. Mike

      This was a charming book about obsession. After reading the novel I was left with an aching desire to find another path into the fictional world, to spend the summer renting a room in a pensión in Guatemala City, to see what might happen.

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