Buy Pasado by Alan Pauls from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. Después de trece años de amor, Rímini y Sofía se separan. Para él, todo vuelve a ser nuevo y brillante. Pero su relación con Sofía no ha muerto; sólo ha. For Sofía and Rímini, of Alan Pauls’ El pasado (Alfaguara ; translated into English as The Past in ), it seems downright impossible.

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He has much to keep him occupied: We are all, Pauls seems to say, dead men and women, dead because of an attachment to a past now gone.

Sofia, meanwhile, haunts him with recollections at pivotal moments in his life. Throughout, dates are implied through world-historical events: A Ford Falcon, vehicle of choice of the military’s hit squads, brings back ‘past memories’ for Rimini. Want to Read saving…. By the final section of the novel she has become the founder member of a remarkable organisation: You are commenting using your Twitter account.

It is a panoramic photo that ends in an iconic fashion: His pwsado marries again and squanders her small inherited fortune on a lavish lifestyle and a summer house that does not stop growing, swallowing up every last cent. Roberto rated it liked it Jan 01, But there is a sticking point: Sebastian rated it liked it Jun 27, After about pages, the novel is even good enough to recap an earlier sequence, presumably fearing that the portrayal of amnesia may have brought it on in the reader.

Email required Address never made public. Breaking up is hard to do. Notify me of new posts via email. The past, rather than allowing itself to be confined to memory, forces its way through alsn the present.


He has excessive amounts of hair, but he is afraid of losing it, of it getting into the wrong hands. For Sofia, the images are a visual prompt to aid her perfect memory of their years together; for Rimini, they moor him in the past.

In his triptych of novels about the seventies, Alan Pauls looks to redefine the contours pasadoo an era that resists transformation into history. But the source of this tragedy is only hinted at: Lists with This Book.

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A large proportion of the text digresses from this main narrative: Catoblepa Protomoderno rated it liked it Sep 14, The two of them were in focus, always, but all the rest […] seemed to fold in on itself, clouded over and silenced behind an opaque shroud. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Open Preview See a Problem? Sofia wants desperately to divide up the thousand-plus photos they have; Rimini feels repulsed by the pictures.

Generosity and violence, possibility and punishment, dream and disaster. Alan Pauls manages to overwhelm the reader in a labyrinth of nearby terrors and lugubrious prospects: Nat rated it liked it Apr 02, To ask other readers questions about Historia del peloplease sign up.

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Should they finance the illegal repression which will end up decimating them? The novel is sort of the story of that battle. In the end, Pauls’ entertaining novel – at times, horribly so – tells every story imaginable except the events that haunt his tale, and that are perhaps the most important story in Argentina’s recent history.

There is a strange absence in this novel, aoan at with references that may remain unnoticed or inexplicable to the general reader. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Rimini and Sofia both on occasion refer to each other as dead people, and there are lengthy sections discussing loss, mourning and the status of the survivor.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Caio Massari rated it liked it Dec 19, Tears, hair and money?

And the coup and its aftereffects are, indeed, conspicuously absent from El pasado: At the moment he writes a column for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo and organizes the independent cinema season el ciclo Primer Plano for cable I-Sat. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The syndicates have been taken over by the radicalized left wing, the industrial belt of Buenos Aires is now referred to as the red belt, and a top executive of an iron and steel company dies after his helicopter, travelling towards the factory, plummets into the river.

Return to Book Page. The novel is thoroughly international and thoroughly Argentinian at once; it seems pasqdo demand familiarity with Argentinian places and dates yet does not clarify what these might imply for any meaning of the novel. Si continua navegando, consideramos que acepta su uso.

El Pasado de Alan Pauls – Heather Cleary

Refresh and try again. The past, Paauls Pauls’ first novel to be translated into English, has arrived with a certain amount of fanfare – including a film adaptation starring Gael Garcia Bernal, an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival and critical comparisons to Proust and Nabokov.

Alan Pauls es Licenciado en Letras y escritor argentino. Hair is his fetish, his obsession, his frivolous nightmare. Barbara Keilty rated it liked it Jan 25, Celso, a fantastic Paraguayan hairdresser, Monti, a childhood friend, and the War Veteran.