Delirio[Reading] ➮ Delirio ➶ Laura Restrepo – Ao retornar de uma viagem curta e encontrar a mulher Agustina fora de si num uarto de hotel Aguilar tenta reconstituir o ue teria acontecido Com esse fiapo de trama a escritora colombiana Laura Restre Ao retornar de uma viagem curta e encontrar a mulher Agustina fora de si num uarto de hotel Aguilar tenta reconstituir o ue teria acontecido Com esse fiapo de trama a escritora colombiana Laura Restrepo traça um painel inuietante da situação social e psíuica de seu país nas últimas décadas Delírio publicado originalmente em sobrepõe narradores e tempos para recompor uma realidade ue perdeu a crença em si mesma em ue não se tem nenhuma certeza de ue só os loucos cometem desvarios Em vez de artifício de autenticidade a presença de personagens e fatos reais em meio à ficção intensifica a descarga de distúrbios no texto de Restrepo enuanto o narcotraficante Pablo Escobar explode bombas nas ruas de Bogotá e o humor transborda se em tragédiaNesta ficção borderline valorizada por uma prosa caótica a sucessão das vozes injeta uma impressão alucinada na mente do leitor ue desde a primeira página é aspirado pelo turbilhão da insensatez. Wow what a read This disturbing book begins with a husband's return home to find his wife Agustina in a state of delirium What caused it will be the tale that Laura Restrepo disturbingly tells Often using first person vernacular which I admit was a challenge at times to read tells the uneasy story of Agustina's Colombian familySet during the 1980s when the Medellin drug cartel was reaking havoc in the country we are introduced to Midas McAlister an ex boyfriend of Agustina and a money launderer for Pablo Escobar who gets into some trouble Agustina's father beats her effeminate brother while hiding a connection to her aunt Even her grandfather takes a drastic turn for melodrama while remembering his past Plus Agustina believes she has a knack for seeing the future Yes a very disfunctional family But even better fodder to explain this state of delirium that the poor husband is trying so hard to understandIn doing so the story takes on a sense of a mystery and yet it never feels that way One just gets sucked into the language the madness and the twists of the family I can see why it won El Premio Alfaguara de novela 2004 It is a very incredible taleRead in Spanish Delirium drops us into the high end world of modern Bogota Colombia These particular folks are families who hang out in fitness centers and travel to the United States One main character is an unemployed professor who has hooked up with the daughter of a prominent drug family She is than he can handle and even if she weren't crazy he'd be out of his league I'm reminded of the modern Italian novel The Natural Disorder of Things A Novel which has a similar set upOne day she disappears for a week and then suddenly reappears in a hotel deranged and distraught A good part of the tension in the story is what happened to her? Thus the title Delirium But the title could eually apply to just about every other main character in the book the woman's mother who ignores all the infidelities around her and refuses to acknowledge that her son is gay; the professor who thinks this relationship is going anywhere and the various drug dealer characters There is lots of local color of modern urban Colombia but also reminisces and flashbacks of the family's rural origin in German immigrants Restepo also wrote The Angel of Galilea a story of a saint like character in a modern drug ridden Colombia slum It’s a good book but it’s very unclear and difficult to understand because it’s written in this particular way the author divided the story into little extracts which at first don’t fit at all But the you read the you understand the plot Maybe she did this in order to connect it with the title “Delirium” The main character descended from a family with mental disdorders It describes her story and how her husband struggled to find a cure or at least an answer in a country occupied by war drugs and social instability Her brother the little boy Bichi suffers a lot cuz his father hates him for being different until he gets tired and finally leaves home to be free in Mexico Bichi is a strong and sweet character It’s hard to read but when you’re finished you make it all fit together 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 Máruez 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 I am still unsure why I struggled so much with this book because so much about it seemed destined to make it perfect for me I live in Bogotá I identified with many of the observations about Colombian culture and knew many of the landmarks and areas of the city mentioned I was also interested in the beginning because this book's premise seemed so intriguing My interest soon faltered though and I found there was little to draw me back to the novel The only character who really interested me was Midas a character I would happily have read a whole book about The rest all seemed rather beige and the ending when it came was an anti climax Written in the manner of and in homage to Saramago this book takes 40 or so pages for one to get acclimated to the lack of uotation marks the shifting of four narrative voices and the changing tenses Then Delirium grips Stay with it It can be read on many levels an allegory of Columbia or choose your country; a mystery of sorts; or an examination of the fracturing of the human mind There are after all many things which make us mad Highly recommended A tour de force but starts slowly Aguilar tracks his wife Agustina’s descent into madness We also hear from her former lover Midas the money launderer a colourful character in some ways the most honest; her grandfather Agustina is wildly unstable so it was hard to get a firm foothold in her sections Her family is ‘old money’ but lie to each other for the sake of appearances Some wonderful vivid tragi comic scenes You get a real sense of dysfunctional home life and wider society in Colombia in the time of Pablo Escobar Restrepo is also an investigative journalist so the background while lightly woven through is robust It took me a long time to get into this but in the end I found it masterful A book that will stay with me Delirium does something that I hate it uses no direct speech at all and instead relies on incorporating spoken words into long sentences that twist and curl and drive you insane Considering Agustina's madness however this is a book where it works brilliantly In fact by the end of it Agustina's supporting characters and the reader seem disturbed than she is I have to say that I sometimes felt a bit removed from the characters and the story and this might just be a cultural thing For Agustina and her men life always happens right now The mind jumps to the possible conseuences the minute something happens and the emotions are always immediate and extremely intense I don't experience life this way and while it is interesting to read about this it probably also lessened the impact the book might have had had I been able to relate better to that way of lifeThis book is also interesting regarding gender roles Agustina is clearly mad and her mother is a bit unlikeable but the men focus on them They do stuff on their own and they make their own decisions but it feels a bit like they're marionettes with a bit of time off from the job In stark contrast to privileged Agustina however there is a young girl from the streets who receives no such reverence and indeed no respect at all I originally read this book to learn about Colombia and I would say that I have done even if I learned about the people than about the country I learned a bit about the unhealthy economics but not much about history politics or the like It is also an interesting study of madness akin to Sadegh Hedayat's The Blind Owl Which I got a better grip of since that culture feels a bit closer to me Review can also be found at 238 books in 238 days Never in my life has a book challenged my own sanity until I read this book First it’s lack of uotation marks direct narration and jumbled mix of past and present timelines started to make me feel a little well delirious I actually considered putting this on my DNF shelf but then it occurred to me that this sort of madness might’ve been the author’s true intent for the reader; so I kept with it Once I got the hang of the writing style I found myself intrigued with its delirious plot and threads of reality At one point I even uestioned my own predictions and theories of how this book would end and wondered if they were just as delirious as the book itself Everything about this book is completely and utterly mad Or is it? The reason for my 4 stars is because I never felt like I connected to any of the characters And although I think the writing style was deliberate it’s still a difficult book to follow reuiring a lot of focus and attention in order to even make sense of what you’re reading Considering the plot and its obvious challenge of understanding as a whole; this book can be proven difficult to some readers I will say that it did get easier to follow around the 35% mark though If you’re struggling to get through this in the beginning I urge you to push through I feel that it’s definitely a book worth readingI’m not entirely sure how I feel about the ending though On one hand it felt sufficient but on the other hand it felt like a cliffhanger So many theories I had about Agustina’s “delirium” that I’ll never have answers to But then again that might have been exactly the point of the entire book “Delirium” has won the Alfaguara Nobel Prize in 2004 Spanish Literacy Award and the Grinzane Cavour Prize Italian’s Best Foreign Fiction in 2006Sadly though this book is widely unknown to most of the western world and the English translated version is difficult to find But if you can manage to get your hands on it I would say it’s worth a read One thing is for certain though You won’t forget this book easily I read the book in French but happily understood most of the numerous Colombianisms due to a few months lived in Bogota a few years agoI must admit that twice before I had tried to read this book but would have never gone further than page 20 due to the lack of sense in the storystructure punctuation and misunderstandings regarding who the narrator is and when This time with a long trip ahead of me I decided to give it another shot uite stuck since I had no other book with meAgain I felt like giving up another time before page 20 but finally kept on reading and managed to get into Agustina' twisted family and the story started making sense page after page I'd honestly say that I really started enjoying it after reading half of the book The reason is uite simple each single story starts making sense at some point completes one another and gives and insight into her madnessVery interested in Colombia's modern history I particularly enjoyed the uite accurate picture of Bogota in the late 80searly 90s a citybattleground indirectly ruled by Pablo Escobar where bombs and insecurity were the daily routine I expected answers at the very end and even though I closed the book with a strong satisfaction for reading the whole 342 pages I had the feeling that something was missing or lacking You probably want to know if Agustina will get back to her delirious state of mind what will happen to Midas it is certainly Laura Restrepo's greatest strength in this book even after closing it you cannot stop thinking about it