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Nov 23, MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite the fact that Alfau directly declares the fictive nature of his characters, he made me care about them.

Locos: A Comedy of Gestures

There is the suggestion of incest, and sex with a 12 year-old maid. In that cafe, alafu meet many of the characters who will populate the book. Your father was involved with several newspapers, at least on this side of the Atlantic.

That may locps the case if you write the kind of literature Stephen King writes; but if you write anything that attempts to rethink the process of creation, anything truly innovative, forget it! No, they were journalists, translators, and people devoted to their art. Those are the ones that interest me, the negative reviews.

It’s too bad this output was limited and his talent not recognized earlier in life; this book is quite good and original. We hardly lived together.


Felipe Alfau

Comparable works that preceded Alfau’s include Pirandello ‘s play Six Characters in Search of an Author and works by Unamuno in the mids. Do you still feel Iberian, a citizen from Spain? One important new character is Don Pedro, called the Moor, who, along with the other characters, frequents the Spanish expatriate bar El Telescopio.

So people are named, and re-configured. Did a review of this book here: And you took it back? Only by necessity have I ever received payment for my work.

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Felipe Alfau – Wikipedia

Retrieved from ” https: When Steven Moore asked if he had written any other books, Alfau produced the manuscript for Chromoswhich had been resting in a drawer since Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Some are devastating and yet often absurd. Sep 05, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: I should have been taking notes with all the Spanish names! The subsequent plot, in which these characters collide, define themselves in opposition to one another, and eventually take on names and traits in common and blend together, examines the fluid nature of personal identity.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. I always thought Generalisimo Francisco Franco was a trustworthy ruler of Spain, and thus supported him. No, everybody here is a little crazy. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Dalkey Archive Press offered money for my two novels but I refused to accept it. It should be abolished, at least in the form we know: Why did you become a writer? Alfau’s techniques are seen as anticipating those in the works of later-generation postmodern writers such as BarthCalvinoNabokovPynchon[5] O’Brien, and Borges.


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felipr Alfau said he was “bemused” with the attention the book received late in his life, but remarked it would have interested him more if it had come when he was younger. I found the prose in 62 to be opaque and unwelcoming. Or read it on its own. Archived from the original on These stories of a group of characters in Spain, gets a little confusing because characters lcos up in different stories, sometimes as different people. Books by Felipe Alfau. This applies to all persons, including those born to the language and, at times, even more so to Latins, including Spaniards.

What if there is a God? By the late s he had a wife and daughter and hoped to support them with his writing; [2] he wrote Locos about[3] and in he had a children’s book Old Tales wlfau Spain published.