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Muerte súbita

Álvaro Enrigue ë 7 Characters

Sudden Death begins with a brutal tennis match with the bawdy Italian artist Caravaggio and the loutish Spanish poet uevedo battling it out in Rome before a crowd that includes Galileo Mary Magdalene and a generation of popes who would throw Europe into flames In England Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII execute Anne Boleyn and her wily executioner transforms her legendary locks into the most sought after tennis ba This is the best book I've read in years An indictment history and hope Caravaggio in a tennis match with a Spanish poet A tennis ball made from Anne Boleyn's hair The savage diplomacy of Hernán Cortés A mitre of feathers for the Pope made by the recently conuered natives of the Americas These are all things that happened in this book but it's not what it's about This is a book about today It's a book about how our past and the choices we make today affect our now and future It's a story about the battle for Mexico It's a story about our current wars This could be one of the most important pieces of literature written in our time As I begin to fully grasp what Enrigue did with this book I'm convinced that the novel is not in danger The novel is evolving and in Sudden Death we see the plumes of decay and history through a new light and what we thought was dead is very much alive

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Ls traditions break down There are assassinations and executions hallucinogenic mushrooms bawdy criminals carnal liaisons and papal dramas artistic and religious revolutions love and war A blazingly original voice and a postmodern visionary Álvaro Enrigue tells the grand adventure of the dawn of the modern era breaking down traditions and upending expectations in this bold powerful punch of a novel Game set mat I’m not exactly sure what I just read; but that’s okay because the author doesn’t know either As I write I don’t know what this book is aboutHah I told you Although in the first instance anyhow it’s about a tennis match It’s not exactly about a tennis matchHey stop that Maybe it’s just a book about how to write this book; maybe that’s what all books are about A book with a lot of back and forth like a game of tennisBe that as it may there is a tennis match that takes the whole book to complete And while an imagined event it certainly seemed real enough The only real things in a novel are the seuences of letters words and sentences that make it up and the paper on which they are printed What they produce in a reader’s head are private and uniue landscapes of objects in motion that have only one thing in common they don’t existBut the Italian painter Caravaggio and the Spanish poet uevedo are the ones playing the tennis match which yes may be imagined; but the players are real It isn’t a book about Caravaggio or uevedo though Caravaggio and uevedo are in the book as are Cortés and Cuauhtémoc and Galileo and Pius IV Gigantic individuals facing off All fucking getting drunk gambling in the void Novels demolish monuments because all novels even the most chaste are a tiny bit pornographicLike that chapter about the clitoris that changed the world The sole duty of a writer is to minister to his readers to liberate them from inexactitude out of respect for the mysterious and touching pact of loyalty they make with books When something is clear to a writer I think it’s fair to ask him not to obscure it but when something is unclear I think it should be left that way The honest thing is to relay my doubts and let the conversation move one step forward readers may know better Which is to say the nothing of the ball Tennis is turns out is an old sport It’s all there I know because I googled Thomas Moore wrote about it Shakespeare too Students of Caravaggio included rackets in paintings But the ball; oh the ball It seems they were filled in part by hair sometimes human hair The author fills this ball with hair from Anne Boleyn shorn before she uh lost her head Consider this your invitation to a beheading That’s how the erstwhile ueen gets in the story Andy Warhol appears but in a cameo role Michelangelo Merisi we know took the name Caravaggio after the city in which he was born The author jokes It’s as if Andy Warhol had signed his serigraphs “Pittsburgh”Hernán Cortés has a prominent appearance If in 1521 the nose of Hernán Cortés’s horse marked the farthest reach of the Holy Roman Empire by 1538 the Aztecs were already as lost and mythical a people as the Atlanteans or the Garamantes and their genetic material lay at the bottom of Lake Toxcoco or has been circulated for the last time through the lungs of those who breathed in the smoke of the huge piles of bodies burned after the fall of Tenochtitlan We Mexicans aren’t descendants of the Mexicas but of the nations that joined Cortés to overthrow them We’re a country whose name was the product of nostalgia and guilt There was in other words no demagogue to keep us out Sorry to keep bouncing back and forth like this but I have to share this sentence If Saint Sebastian in all his arrow pierced ecstasy hadn’t become the patron saint of gay culture it’s likely that Hyacinth would today be the emblematic mythological figure of male homosexuality There’s a lot of things in that sentence that I didn’t know so much so that I went googling again especially because the author points us to the painting The Death of Hyacinth by one of Caravaggio’s studentsIn the original myth Apollo friend and lover of Hyacinth was training him in the stadium arts when he tossed him a discus with divine strength kind of like Superman and inadvertently killed him Apollo wept so much at what he had done that he transformed Hyacinth into the flower that bears his nameI have no opinion on the apparently heated debate about who should be the patron saint of gay culture But I will point you as the author did me to the accoutrements Note that Apollo is holding a tennis racket And look what’s underneath Hyacinth That’s no discus Cortés’s serve again Back in Mexico There are few better illustrations of how a whole host of people can manage to understand absolutely nothing act in an impulsive and idiotic way and still drastically change a course of history Which brings me to the featherwork miters made by Mexican artists and worn by Roman popes Game Set Match

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Lls of the time Across the ocean in Mexico the last Aztec emperors play their own games as conuistador Hernán Cortés and his Mayan translator and lover La Malinche scheme and conuer fight and fuck not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the course of history And in a remote Mexican colony a bishop reads Thomas More’s Utopia and thinks that instead of a parody it’s a manualWorlds collide time coi I'm happy to have had the opportunity to read this in advance and interview the author Generally it's a great beguiling book like a mystery novel its far flung parts come together over time via the life changing magic of an assertion of associative intelligence The author also states what's up at times too Felt after a while like sitting mid court watching a ball zip back and forth across time and space A po mo literary entertainment with sharp hermeneutical knives up its sleeves An opportunity for good readers to have some fun if they're up for a game Translated by Natasha Wimmer who most famously translated 2666 her skill is on display throughout in that the language conveys an individuated voice approach rhythm texture


About the Author: Álvaro Enrigue

Escritor editor y crítico literario nacido en México D F en 1969 Álvaro Enrigue ha pasado su vida entre el Distrito Federal y Washington DC Fue durante un tiempo profesor de Literatura en la Universidad Iberoamericana y de Escritura Creativa en la de Maryland Desde 1990 se dedica a la crítica literaria y ha colaborado en revistas y periódicos de México y España A su regreso a México desp


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