Camanchaca A long drive across Chile s Atacama desert traversing the worn out puzzle of a broken family a young man s corrosive intimacy with his mother the obtrusive cheer of his absentee father his uncle s

  • Title: Camanchaca
  • Author: Diego Zúñiga Megan McDowell
  • ISBN: 9781566894609
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • A long drive across Chile s Atacama desert, traversing the worn out puzzle of a broken family a young man s corrosive intimacy with his mother, the obtrusive cheer of his absentee father, his uncle s unexplained death occupies the heart of this novel Camanchaca is a low fog pushing in from the sea, its moisture sustaining a near barren landscape Camanchaca is the discrA long drive across Chile s Atacama desert, traversing the worn out puzzle of a broken family a young man s corrosive intimacy with his mother, the obtrusive cheer of his absentee father, his uncle s unexplained death occupies the heart of this novel Camanchaca is a low fog pushing in from the sea, its moisture sustaining a near barren landscape Camanchaca is the discretion that makes a lifelong grief possible Sometimes, the silences are what bind us.Diego Z iga born 1987 is a Chilean author and journalist He is the author of two novels and the recipient of the Juegos Literarios Gabriela Mistral and the Chilean National Book and Reading Council Award He lives in Santiago de Chile.Megan McDowell s translations include books by Alejandro Zambra, Arturo Fontaine, Lina Meruane, and Mariana Enriquez, and have been published in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Tin House, and McSweeney s, among others She lives in Santiago, Chile.

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    1. Behoorlijk indrukwekkend debuut uit 2009 van een jonge Chileen, maar pas vorig jaar in het Nederlands verschenen. Bijzondere verteltrant, die ervoor zorgt dat je het boek in één ruk uitleest (ik las het op amper 4 uur). Teenage angst en spleen zijn zelden zo indringend beschreven. De narratieve 'camanchaca' of 'mist' omhult het verhaal met een zweem mysterie en het gevoel dat er wel degelijk meer dan één werkelijkheid is. Knap.

    2. A short novel Zúñiga’s work is a coming-of-age story undertaken by a young boy, traversing the country with his father;My father’s first car was a 1971 Ford Fairlane, which my grandfather gave him with he turned fifteen.His second was a 1985 Honda Accord, lead gray.His third was a 1990 BMW 850i, navy blue, which he killed my Uncle Neno with.His fourth is a Ford Ranger, smoke colored, which we are driving across the Atacama Desert. (p1)So opens this book, a work where you learn so much from [...]

    3. Bizarre little book. Not bad, but I prefer something that has a higher question-to-answer ratio. Too many whisperings, not enough concrete storytelling.

    4. the debut novel from chilean author/journalist diego zúñiga, camanchaca is the pensive, meditative tale of a young narrator and his quest to make sense of his family's history, its secrets, and the conflicted moments that arise therefrom. the brevity of zúñiga's style (each page is but a paragraph or two long) lends itself to the infidelity of memory, where life blinks in and out in its import. suggestive of the foggy motif saturating the story, camanchaca resides in the spaces between the m [...]

    5. Camanchaca is such a unique read, and I will tell you, my review will reflect that. I bought this novella while searching for boutique pub'd books to give out in a contest. After several hours, I stumbled across Camanchaca.As a reader, this is a 5 star book. I want to give a 4.5, but I can't as that half star loss is because of me. I don't read Spanish proficiently enough, so I made the choice to read the English translated version (by Megan McDowell). The half star loss would be a result of the [...]

    6. Me crucé por la primera vez con la narrativa de Diego Zúñiga en una antología, con el título Trucho, curada por el autor argentino Federico Falco para Traviesa. Fue el cuento Omega. Ese cuento y Camanchaca comparten características similares y por lo tanto las dos obras demuestran que la voz narrativa de Zúñiga es consistente y propio. Sin embargo no es único, sino colectivo de una generación joven nacida en la víspera de democracia que comparte tonos y temas comparables a otros autor [...]

    7. Bij het zien van de cover verwacht je een reisverhaal te lezen, maar niets is minder waar. Evengoed past de cover bij het verhaal.Het boek is geschreven vanuit de hoofdpersoon, waardoor je eigenlijk maar een eenzijdig beeld krijgt. Toch is dat niet erg, want door de informatie die hij probeert te krijgen van anderen krijg je een redelijk beeld van wat er gebeurd kan zijn in zijn jeugd. Maar evengoed heb je aan het eind het gevoel dat het verhaal niet af is, dat je een gedeelte van het verhaal mi [...]

    8. A novella worth reading. Its staccato style creates sparse but somehow searing imagery of a twisted life for a young boy growing up in Chile with more questions than answers. Written from the perspective of the boy, we learn of his divided family beginning with the divorce of his parents, the unspoken murder of his uncle, the sudden absense of his cousins, and the time in transit between Iqueque and Santiago, between his mother's and father's house and even, occasionally, his grandfather's house [...]

    9. From World Literature Today: "Among this novel’s many merits (which go far beyond the stylistic), Zúñiga has achieved something more: he has depicted, with astonishing perfection, the mediocrity of the Chilean middle class, its simplicity and its emptiness: characters who barely communicate and pass their time watching TV, sleeping, and eating sandwiches wherever they may be; half-brothers who hardly know each other and look at each other with jealousy; families whose only epic, at the end o [...]

    10. A very quick read by a Chilean writer. This is more novella than novel, or a long short story, with a page for each "episode".A 20-year-old man narrates time spent with his mother, his grandfather, his father and his new family, his memories of childhood, his dying dog, and his greatest love/need--food. As his father alternately rejects and welcomes him, as his mother struggles with supporting him, he eats a month's worth of university food coupons in a week. And he acts more like a 15-year-old [...]

    11. 😂 no sé lo que acabo de leer, además que, según el autor: los peruanos no tenemos clase. No sé si sentirme incómoda (Soy peruana, vivo en Tacna) o reírme porque todo el libro va de la travesía del protagonista de su país al mío para que le arreglen los dientes 😆. (y de que nos cuente sus dramas familiares en el trayecto— literalmente hay hojas con menos de una línea escrita 😐)Ojo, también tenemos buenos oftalmólogos, por si quiere el protagonista darse otra vuelta por la c [...]

    12. Había leído previamente “El Sur” y admito que trasladarme al norte se me hizo difícil. Es una lectura foránea, como un safari. No pude conectarme porque en el fondo sabía que nada podía asemejarse a lo que ya me pertenece (salvo cuando el protagonista comenta que estudia periodismo, pero que su familia deseaba que él fuese abogado). Es una lectura interesante si se piensa desde afuera. Fui lectora, en ningún momento cómplice.

    13. It is written in an interesting way.It is short paragraphs and changing subjects often.It is really quick to read.I am not what to think about it when I finish reading it but I liked that it made me think, I didn't have the feeling that I loose time on the book.It might need a second read later to see if I miss something.

    14. Wow! This short book stays with you for a long time. I finished it and immediately re-read it. The writing is spare and each sentence packs a punch. It's dreamy and haunting and and lovely like the Camachaca fog the book is named for and the Atacama desert that serves as a major character in the story. On its face, it's the story of an unnamed young man who joins his absentee father on a roadtrip from Chile to Peru. But it's so much more than that, and the organization of the book flips back and [...]

    15. I couldn't really get into it. Each page contained little snippets of thought and sometimes they really didn't mean much. I think this would have been more enjoyable as a full novel. I would have liked to have gotten more from the main character instead we don't get much.

    16. Finished this one several months back and enjoyed it, but not much stuck with me. Teenage awkwardness, a road trip, and not getting nice school clothes.

    17. A sad, broken sort of story. Flat and affectless, yet somehow evocative. It didn't quite come together for me, but I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it.

    18. Van een ruime 4, door een mooie opbouwende spanning en bijhorende verwachting, wegzakkend naar een kleine 3 door het niet inlossen ervan. Jammer.

    19. Acutely (inadvertetly?) candy-minded ephemeral book; whether there is some real stuff to be absorbed in here, well, it is either all too nanoconsequential I'd just fail to verbalize it, or it completely eludes me.Some amusing dialogical instances are quite ahemmmm 'amusing', but only as good as if you're targeting an audience who is mostly experienced in the Sundance's aesthetic penchants (in which case, they'll happen to be particularly amusing). Indeed, it feels like the entire book was an ini [...]

    20. Utilizando las palabras de Patricio Prom y Alejandro Zambra en la contratapa: "relato fragmentario, sobrio y sorprendente"Un libro escrito de una manera muy singular: en cada página sólo un parrafo, largo, corto o mínimo, no importa, cada uno de ellos con un indispensable aporte al relato, con un gran poder narrativo.En un lado de la pagina el relato más actual, en el otro, los parrafos de la memoria. Casi al final se funden en el desenlace.Definitivamente Zúñiga tiene un don para el relat [...]

    21. Un relato simple pero complicado. Cotidiano. Tan cotidiano que me sentí identificada en todos los aspectos.

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