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Delirium's interwoven voices spun me into its web; from the first pages, I fell into its spell. Seductive and exciting!
Recommended by Jeremy, Powells.com

Relatively unknown throughout the English-speaking world, Colombian novelist Laura Restrepo has been widely acclaimed nearly everywhere else. Already the recipient of a number of international literary awards, Restrepo won the prestigious Alfaguara Prize in 2004 for Delirium. Praised by such luminaries as José Saramago, Gabriel García Márquez, and Harold Bloom, Delirium is an enthralling and inconceivably harrowing story, the likes of which bear no comparison to any novel in recent memory. Narrated from the first-person perspective of four different characters, Delirium delves into the varied subjectivities of a mind fraught with madness, and the diffusive effects on those nearby. Like much of Latin American literature, the chronicle is as much about the individual as it is the culture from which they are spawned. Lingering in its effect, Delirium's captivating tale is a weighty one not easily forgotten.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Internationally acclaimed for the virtuosity and power of her fiction, Laura Restrepo has created in Delirium a passionate, lyrical, devastating tale of eros and insanity.

Aguilar, an unemployed literature professor who has resorted to selling dog food for a living, returns home from a short trip to discover that his wife, Agustina, has gone mad. He doesnt know what has happened during his absence, and in his search for answers, he gradually unearths profound and shadowy secrets about her past.

On one level, Delirium reads like a detective story, as the reader pieces together information to discover the roots of Agustinas madness. But it is also a remarkably nuanced novel whose currents run much deeper, delving into the minds of four characters: Aguilar, a husband passionately in love with his wife and determined to rescue her from insanity: Agustina, a beautiful woman from an upper-class Colombian family who is caught in the throes of madness; Midas, a drug-trafficker and money-launderer, who is Agustinas former lover; and Nicolás, Agustinas grandfather. Through the mixing of these distinct voices, Laura Restrepo creates a searing portrait of a society battered by war and corruption as well as an intimate look at the daily lives of people struggling to stay sane in an unstable country.

Delirium already has been awarded the 2004 Premio Alfaguara, the 2006 Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France for best translated fiction. It is an ambitious and deeply affecting masterwork by one of Latin Americas most important contemporary voices.

Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer.

Review:

"Colombian novelist Laura Restrepo's 'Delirium' is a book-and-a-half: stunning, dense, complex, mind-blowing. It tackles the question of how we live in an insane world, a world where everything on Earth is a metaphor for everything else; where crime, vice, virtue, sex, lies and truth exist in a series of baffling symbiotic relationships; where utterly batty human beings appear as perfectly sane, where... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

RAguilar, a former literature professor who now Tdelivers dog food in order to survive, U returns from a trip to find his beloved wife, Agustina, has Ttransformed into someone terrified and terrifyingU; his subsequent investigation into what happened forms the plot of this complex and captivating novel . . . R--"Publishers Weekly."

About the Author

Laura Restrepo is the bestselling author of several prize-winning novels published in over twenty languages, including Leopard in the Sun, which won the Arzobispo San Clemente Prize, and The Angel of Galilea, which won the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Prize in Mexico and the Prix France Culture in France. She was also awarded the 2004 Alfaguara Prize and the 2006 Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy for Delirium. A recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Restrepo lives in Mexico City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385519908
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Restrepo, Laura
Translator:
Wimmer, Natasha
Publisher:
Nan A. Talese
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Colombia
Subject:
Mentally ill women
Subject:
Upper class
Subject:
Drug traffic
Publication Date:
20070403
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.52x6.14x1.09 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Nan A. Talese - English 9780385519908 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Delirium's interwoven voices spun me into its web; from the first pages, I fell into its spell. Seductive and exciting!

"Staff Pick" by ,

Relatively unknown throughout the English-speaking world, Colombian novelist Laura Restrepo has been widely acclaimed nearly everywhere else. Already the recipient of a number of international literary awards, Restrepo won the prestigious Alfaguara Prize in 2004 for Delirium. Praised by such luminaries as José Saramago, Gabriel García Márquez, and Harold Bloom, Delirium is an enthralling and inconceivably harrowing story, the likes of which bear no comparison to any novel in recent memory. Narrated from the first-person perspective of four different characters, Delirium delves into the varied subjectivities of a mind fraught with madness, and the diffusive effects on those nearby. Like much of Latin American literature, the chronicle is as much about the individual as it is the culture from which they are spawned. Lingering in its effect, Delirium's captivating tale is a weighty one not easily forgotten.

"Synopsis" by , RAguilar, a former literature professor who now Tdelivers dog food in order to survive, U returns from a trip to find his beloved wife, Agustina, has Ttransformed into someone terrified and terrifyingU; his subsequent investigation into what happened forms the plot of this complex and captivating novel . . . R--"Publishers Weekly."
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