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Exiled from Almost Everywhere (Spanish Literature)by Juan Goytisolo
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In , Juan Goytisolo's perverse mutant protagonist-- the Parisian "Monster of Le Sentier"--is blown up by an extremist bomber and finds himself in the cyberspace of the Thereafter with an infinite collection of computer monitors. His curiosity piqued, he uses the screens at hand to explore the multiple ways war and terrorism are hyped in the Hereafter of his old life where he once happily cruised bathrooms and accosted children. Ricocheting from life to death and back again, meeting various colorful demagogues along the way--the imam "Alice," a pedophile Monsignor, and a Rastafarian rabbi--our "Monster" revisits seedy democracies that are a welter of shopping-cities and righteous violence voted in by an eternally duped citizenry and defended by the infamous erogenous bomb. At once fantastical and cruelly real, hurtles the reader through our troubled times in a Swiftian series of grisly cartoon screenshots.
"Goytisolo (Young Assassins) misfires in this frustrating intellectual exercise, a circuitous journey into the virtual military industrial complex. Blown up in a terrorist attack, the Monster of Le Sentier lands in the Hereafter — a giant cybercafe — and makes some dangerous new friends, such as Alice, an expert in explosives manufacturing who sweeps him into the 'machine of subversion' and the planning of the bombing of an 'emblematic' public building. In brief bursts of shifting stream-of-consciousness, the would-be terrorist deals with fringe groups and dubious characters — a monsignor who molests the children he purports to aid; a corrupt 'Father of the People.' Goytisolo's frenetic and paranoid effort is full of frantic action, but is so unfortunately light on things that appeal to most readers — logic, coherence, characters you might care about — that the whole project reeks of self-indulgence. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWxyz LLC)
Spain's "greatest living novelist" takes on the Cyber Age.
About the Author
Born in 1931, Juan Goytisolo went into voluntary exile in 1956 and has never returned to live in Spain. A bitter opponent of the Franco regime, his early novels were banned in his native country. He divided his time between Paris and Marrakesh until the death of his wife, Monique Lange, at which time he moved permanently to Marrakesh.Peter Bush has translated nine books by Juan Goytisolo, including Exiled from Almost Everywhere and Juan the Landless, as well as novels by other prominent Spanish and Latin American writers.
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