Lands of Memory

Felisberto Hernández

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Lands of Memory

Lands of Memory Lands of Memory presents a half dozen wonderful works by one of the greatest yet least known South American writers of the twentieth century Felisberto Hern ndez s extraordinary stories have been alwa

  • Title: Lands of Memory
  • Author: Felisberto Hernández
  • ISBN: 9780811214834
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lands of Memory presents a half dozen wonderful works by one of the greatest yet least known South American writers of the twentieth century Felisberto Hern ndez s extraordinary stories have been always greatly prized by other writers, and the two novellas and four stories collected in Lands of Memory show why Lands of Memory and In the Times of Clemente Colling areLands of Memory presents a half dozen wonderful works by one of the greatest yet least known South American writers of the twentieth century Felisberto Hern ndez s extraordinary stories have been always greatly prized by other writers, and the two novellas and four stories collected in Lands of Memory show why Lands of Memory and In the Times of Clemente Colling are two dreamlike novellas, which are carried along like pieces of otherworldly music by odd rhapsodic memories Curiously haunting, the four stories also included in Lands of Memory turn upon small improbable events small unpredictable, off the wall events which turn upside down a first recital or a salesman s calling These works have been long overdue for translation into English, and New Directions is pleased to have them in Esther Allen s stunning versions.

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    1. Jimmy on said:

      Look, Felisberto, I'm not gonna lie. You're no good at this short story thing. You might as well give it up now. Your 'stories' are like the slow kid in the back of the room who stares out of the window at the ballfield and gets hit by spitballs when the teacher's not looking. All the other stories are gung-ho, raising their hands, answering questions with purpose, drive. But your story is still lost in thought, he's barely aware that he's in class.And the rails would spend all their time waitin [...]

    2. Ben Winch on said:

      For a long time I've wondered what it is about literature in translation. Why does so much of it read so well? I swear, judging by Esther Allen's work on this title, Felisberto Hernandez is, line for line, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and his is not the only example. Thomas Bernhard - is it he or his translators who have revolutionised narrative, the sentence, the parenthesis? Or is it teamwork? Is it the extra read-through with fresh eyes, the final draft started from scratc [...]

    3. Greg on said:

      Felisberto Hernandez is another writer I 'discovered' in Bartleby & Co. (review maybe forthcoming). He's another of writers who make up the literature of No. In this case he's not an author who refuses to write but an author who refuses to finish what he writes. That feeling is sort of here in these stories, but it's not in the meta-fictional vein where endings are subverted for theoretical reasons, here the stories just sort of peter out, but not in a totally unpleasant way, the stories don [...]

    4. Cosimo on said:

      Il verde che hai negli occhi“Non solo non ero più un altro, ma ero più sensibile che mai: qualunque pensiero, persino l'idea di una brocca d'acqua, si presentava piena di tenerezza. Amavo le mie scarpe, che se ne stavano sole, slacciate e sempre una accanto dell'altra. Mi sentivo capace di perdonare qualsiasi cosa, perfino i rimorsi. Sarebbero stati loro, piuttosto, a dovermi perdonare”.Per questo artista irregolare, il teatro del corpo e il gioco del pensiero intonano una melodia romantic [...]

    5. Autoclette on said:

      "I was sad in the afternoon. At first, I was as delighted with Colling's composition as a child with a present. But a gradual sadness overcame me. And I realized that the sadness was already starting even in my initial delight It was the sadness evoked, after the first moment, by certain toys that belong to other children, toys that you find quite ugly, but you see that the other child loves them very much. It was also the sadness of the worn out relic someone else is preserving."The originality [...]

    6. Tom Lichtenberg on said:

      Felisberto Hernandez is a Uruguayan writer of the mid-twentieth century, often cited as a major influence by other South American writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Julio Cortazar. I heard of him through 'Bartyleby &Co' by Enrique Vila-Maltas. Felisberto (as he is known) was primarily a musician, a pianist who performed throughout Uruguay and Argentina, and many of the stories in this collection feature a first-person narrator who is also a touring pianist. Like many writers, his nar [...]

    7. Tait on said:

      Felisberto Hernández draws on the influence of Rilke and Proust, and in turn influenced Marquez, Calvino, and Cortazar, in order to craft this wonderful gem of short "fictions:" semi-autobiographical memories of his own childhood and early adulthood as a piano player for silent films. I was reminded of a use of magically real events similar to that of Bruno Schulz's "Street of Crocodiles," which allow the author's themes of music and obsession to jump off the page. While many critique Hernánde [...]

    8. Matt Vickers on said:

      I'll be frank: this pretty much bored the hell out of me. As sentences drifted into emotional reflection after emotional reflection that piled up on one another like the free associations of a mental patient, I found my mind wandering off despite any effort I made to keep it focused on the work. I wonder whether Hernandez's stories lose something in translation but I suspect not: he's just extraordinarily neurotic. Inventive, but neurotic all the same.There were occasional moments of brilliance, [...]

    9. Jacob Wren on said:

      From the introduction:In a 1954 letter to Reina Reyes, his fourth wife, Felisberto Hernández outlined a story he had just “discovered”: Someone has had the idea of changing the Nobel Prize so as to give the writer who wins it “a more authentic happiness,” and prevent the fame and money currently attendant upon it from disrupting his life and work. The new idea consists of not revealing the identity of the winner even to the winner himself, but using the prize money to assemble a group o [...]

    10. Marcia Letaw on said:

      Dear Felisberto,I have just completed reading Lands of Memory, a book which, now that you have become a part of the land of memory, you probably have no awareness of except as a shadow of yourself, for events and ideas have shadows as you have said, but does a memory possess a shadow? If it does, one could say that this collection of 4 short stories and two novellas first published in translation in 2002 is the shadow of the memory of you. But wait! If it is a memory, does it have anything to do [...]

    11. Maurizio Manco on said:

      "Lo sforzo fatto per afferrare i ricordi e lanciarli verso il futuro, somiglierà a qualcosa che mi mantiene in aria mentre la morte passa sulla terra." (Ai tempi di Clemente Colling, p. 43)"Credo che in tutto il corpo abitino dei pensieri, anche se non tutti arrivano fino alla testa e si vestono di parole." (Terre della memoria, p. 135)

    12. Emma Roulette on said:

      Felisberto is one of my new favorite writers. He's an absent-minded professor: he does not claim to be wise but rather details his vices, mistakes, and weird impulses: "The palm of my hand had gone numb again because I'd been rubbing it against the embossed surface of a nearby chair," he suddenly adds between developments of a story, without any other explanation. They are the impulses of a child: borne out of some weird and satisfactory private observation, untethered to any one specialized for [...]

    13. Rachel on said:

      Restarting another book I've tried to read a few times. Supposedly, he's one of the most underrated geniuses to come from South America, so fingers crossed this is finally the right moment for me to be reading him.Ok. So I can understand why I'd stopped in the middle before. The short stories are only marginally stories in the traditional sense--i.e. they're not exactly plot-driven--and are really more like reflections on the relationship between memory and external reality. This was pretty much [...]

    14. Matthew Talbert on said:

      Wow, what an interesting book. I'm convinced the author had some sort of synesthesia, some weird way of processing images in particular. His descriptions of people very often fail to see them as complete people and see certain body parts and relate them to various other phenomena, in ways that most people would not. And yet, in each of us, certainly in me, there is this thing that happens when you space out, withdraw from the real world, where things don't make sense in the normal way, and every [...]

    15. Billy Dagger on said:

      As soon as you think he is done describing something-attaching memories and associative thoughts to the something-the simple little phenomena, in the grip of pages, grows in immensity no matter how ridiculous or trivial the matter. Here, the trivial is the poem. When he describes his dentist's project on his mouth, he laments " the silence I was swallowing saliva at every moment, as if throwing buckets of water down to put out my burning heart. Then he came towards me, had me open my mouth, push [...]

    16. Mike on said:

      I hate to give low ratings to something that is clearly of strong influence in the literary world, but I did not enjoy this collection. There were perhaps two stories that had some kind of plot and one of them was already in Piano Stories. After reading two collections of Felisberto's writings, they all tend to seem autobiographical and intermingling, like cobbled together notes to form a very vague narrative.That being said, there are brilliant passages that remind me of the great Russian novel [...]

    17. Machado Drummond Amado Rosa Coelho on said:

      Another one of the rare strangers to enter the canon of the smallest men in the world. Their insignificant shadows never overlapped each other and yet they follow the same flow in harmony. A canny loser whose comicality reminds us that life is not a mere bad joke.The opening lines of the novella that gives the book its name:'I'm tempted to believe that my first acquaintance with life began at nine o'clock one morning on a train. I was twenty-three years old.'

    18. Phinehas on said:

      A master. Hernandez is criminally unknown in the United States. Of the same milieu as Robert Walser and Bruno Schultz, I give both of his books available in English my highest possible recommendation.

    19. Quiver on said:

      Lots of magical thoughts, maybe a little less than in his other book Piano Stories, but still worth the read. Especially before bed to help send you on your way to an interesting dreamworld.

    20. Mary on said:

      Besides the last story "lands of memory" I don't understand why this book is so highly rated.

    21. Steven Felicelli on said:

      Hernandez does much with a farrago of phenomena, intimation, recollection, interpretation, etc. Lands of Memory is an inside look at the machinations and miseries of a straining/straying mind.

    22. Dan on said:

      the crocodile is one of my favorite short stories ever. Felisberto rules.

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