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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Edith Grossman Translator. Francisco Goldman Introduction. Maqroll the Gaviero the Lookout is one of the most alluring and memorable characters in the fiction of the last twenty-five years. His extravagant and hopeless undertakings, his brushes with the law and scrapes with death, and his enduring friendships and unlooked-for love affairs make him a Don Quixote for our day, driven from one place to another by a restless and irre Maqroll the Gaviero the Lookout is one of the most alluring and memorable characters in the fiction of the last twenty-five years.
His extravagant and hopeless undertakings, his brushes with the law and scrapes with death, and his enduring friendships and unlooked-for love affairs make him a Don Quixote for our day, driven from one place to another by a restless and irregular quest for the absolute. Here for the first time in English all these wonderful stories appear in a single volume in Edith Grossman's prize-winning translation. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. Jun 03, Fionnuala added it Shelves: translated-from-spanish , place , treasured-reading-experience , review-may-contain-comic-content , a-joy-to-review. I usually tell people that I met Maqroll the 'Gaviero' for the first time on June 3rd, , but our acquaintance actually dates from much earlier. In December , my good friend Benvolio di Adelaido introduced me to him, but not without a noticeable hesitation.
More than a year later I chanced to have a conversation with another good friend, Antonio Obrigado, and his firm championing of the Gaviero, though tipically enigmatic, caused me to rethink my opinion of Maqroll, and to resolve to meet him properly at the earliest opportunity. I immediately set out to visit the places the elusive Gaviero was said to frequent and I eventually tracked him down.
I kept a close eye on his movements for a long period after that but without making any direct contact. It would be interesting to pause at this point in the account and attempt to analyse the reasons for this delay, because reasons there certainly were, and some of them well worth examining, but I risk losing the thread of my account, and who knows where I may end up, and the reader along with me. About three months ago, I finally worked up the courage to approach Maqroll directly.
Everything was set up: the time, the place, the conditions, all seemed suitably propitious. The reader is now in possession of the background, indeed the background to the background, of my meeting with Maqroll, and I am certain that those concerned will be relieved to hear that I am now fast forwarding to the actual event itself. The long-awaited encounter took place in the confined space of an airline cabin.
However, our contact was not without its misadventures, although I believe they too brought us closer. Maqroll was the perfect companion for those waiting times; he slowly recounted the many long and labyrinthine episodes of his adventurous and oftentimes dangerous life, episodes that were remarkably full of coincidences and fortuitous circumstances, and not without a certain dramatic tension while occasionally leaning towards the mysterious, at times even towards the outright metaphysical; Maqroll knows better than most how to pose the unanswerable proposition.
In other dreams, I felt I was constantly searching for forgotten things, that even those I remembered slipped between my fingers like a fish wriggling out of my grasp. Maqrol would argue that we readers all live many lifetimes. He himself is an insatiable reader, a tireless and lifelong consumer of books, and in the course of our journeys, he shared his favourite volumes with me so that I feel our short time together has left me with access to an entire library of works I might never otherwise have sampled; Chateaubriand was not on my list but he is now; Cervantes had already earned his place but has been moved up; Virgil and Simenon, I'm considering.
I will never forget the solid, warm humanity of Maqroll, this unusual man whose nationality I never learned, as I never learned the correct pronunciation of his name, or whether it was Scottish, Turkish or Iranian. He and they are etched in my memory henceforth and forever. View all 97 comments. Jun 05, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-books. I'll be posting a review of each novella as I move through the book.
How much can a reader cherish Maqroll? The Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas threatened to sue Mr. Mutis if he ever killed off his beloved character. After reading The Snow of the Admiral , the first of seven linked novellas forming The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll , I likewise treasure the Gaviero and plan to join him on all his other quests right to the final paragraph of this page modern classic. Such passion for literature, Gonzalo Rojas!
Quite a feat for an author who spent a forty-five year career publishing not novels but poetry. The New York Review Books edition of The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll is ideal - in addition to all seven novellas published together in English for the first time as one book, also included is an informative introductory essay written by Francisco Goldman, himself a celebrated novelist and friend of the author.
In his Introduction , Mr. As Mr. And it isn't that you write like Dickens, but rather that when you read Dickens, you feel an imaginative energy which you use to your own ends. And that night, Maqroll is aroused from a deep sleep by the Indian woman and shortly thereafter enters her and feels himself sinking into a bland, unresisting wax, all the time a putrid stench clinging to his body.
And yet again the way in which Maqroll recalls his own recurrent failures and how he, at least in his own mind, keeps giving destiny the slip. They must have a profound need for doom; perhaps they belong exclusively to its kingdom. But more than anything, the lush, poetic, intoxicating language, the full expanse of what it means to write sublime prose.
Completely addictive. And the more we turn the pages, the deeper we dive into this tale, the progressively more gripping. Globetrotting Gaviaro: Our protagonist is an adventurer, a radical individualist, which ultimately boils down to life as a solo journey — lovers and friends are embraced at the next port or on the next barge, but when it's time to move on, you travel alone. All new faces — just the way he likes it. First off, after making arrangements at a not so rundown hotel, he locates an ideal bar, quiet, attentive but not overly talkative bartender and returns to his hotel room drunk that night.
He gives her some money and kicks her out. No money exchanged, Maqroll simply kicks her out and goes down to pay a visit to the concierge. He assures Maqroll it will never happen again.
The next week the rainy season hits like a tornado, turning the city streets into impossible to cross rivers. Our adventurer hunkers down in his hotel room and reads. Ah, books to the rescue! Then it happens: paying a visit to one of the city's casinos, he recognizes a past love: the alluring, captivating Ilana. Ilona: Tall, blonde, athletic, age forty-five, spirited Ilona has a comparable sense of life as an ever expanding adventure. Ilona the Vivacious and Maqroll the Gaviero — quite a team; their common adversary: boredom and monotony.
Ilona and Maqroll have rousing success in Panama City a ton of loot and a ton of fun operating their new, creative business venture unique upscale house of prostitution. Gripping is understatement. Good luck and bad luck could be added to the mix. With Larissa the stakes are raised. All of a sudden our two adventurers are caught in an episode of life and death. A tale not to be missed. Why the switch in voice?
Maqroll is an older man in this tale — a specific age is not given but one can infer the Gaviero is in his sixties. In similar spirit, perhaps also it is no coincidence Un Bel Morir returns to the landscapes of Maqroll's childhood - in and around a river town near coffee plantations nestled in the Andes Mountains, a small town by the name of La Plata not the city south of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
This is a tale of high adventure, a thriller with a cast of colorful characters. Anparo Maria: Columbian Aphrodite with a stern, fierce Gypsy air, a lady of few, well-chosen words who hungers for affection. Is it any surprise this sensual lovely and the aging adventurer form a bond of the heart? The Gaviero considers Anparo Maria a gift from the gods, in all likelihood at this point in his life, the last he will receive. Jan van Branden: Over the course of several evenings between drinks down at the town tavern, this burly red-bearded Belgium talks Maqroll into transporting equipment up a mountain as part of a railroad project.
The Galviaro smells a rat.
They would return to Colombia by ship for summer holidays. During this time Mutis' family stayed at his grandfather's coffee and sugar cane plantation, Coello. From on, he lived in Mexico City , gaining renown there as the result of the positive reviews of his work by Octavio Paz , who was a champion of Mutis' early poetry. Mutis' poetry was first published in and his first short stories in His first novella featuring Maqroll, La nieve del Almirante The Snow of the Admiral was published in and gained him popular and critical acclaim. Mutis has combined his career as a writer of poetry and prose with a diverse set of non-literary occupations.
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