Reading Horacio Castellanos Moya’s scathing Thomas Bernhard tribute/parody Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador, a book-length diatribe against El. El Salvador, incensed by the recent publication of the novella El asco ( Disgust), a text which heaps scorn on almost every aspect of the Salvadoran state. Abstract: Salvadoran writer Horacio Castellanos Moya offers a provocative example of postwar cynicism in his novel El asco: Thomas Bernhard en San.

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I stopped the car where the crowds were thickest and told the ladies to go out for a stroll. And to be fair I will even mention myself and the character of Ponzil in Shorter Prose I published only recently. Still, for Moya, I’d start with Senselessness.

Instead, he traveled to Costa Rica and Mexico, where he found work as a journalist. Are castellwnos an artist at risk or know someone who is? On a visit home, he witnessed a demonstration of unarmed students and workers in which twenty-one people aasco killed by government snipers.

I was once writing a paper for school and turned to ask a friend I was sitting with if it was crazy to say I believe that humans are inherently good; to which, my friend replied that well, it was the complete opposite of everything he believes, which, I get where he is coming from, but he is also a pretty big activist for animal rights and caastellanos their habitats, which I think is csatellanos pretty good thing.

Fouling One’s Own Nest: On Translating Horacio Castellanos Moya

Retrieved 3 September Truly, I know of no greater honor for a real writer. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Lydia Davis’s The End of the Story was for me her most affecting work.

Like that, the little world of San Salvador society comes into focus: The irony in his rigid stance here is that he says to all he teaches to that he loves the work of Gilles Deleuze and Thomas Bernhard, just to name two, asci both of these writers are not of the same English-speaking ilk that he is. I first read Mora’s Senselessnessa novella of paranoid bureaucratic horror that also manages to be very funny.


Castelanos novels have been translated into twelve languages; five of them SenselessnessThe She-Devil in the mirrorDance asdo SnakesRevulsionand Tyrant memory are available in English.

The author received death I’ve not read Bernhard. Ever walk into a house without books? Ojo, no es para nacionalistas, ni para gente sin humor, que en definitiva no lo van a entender. Help PEN America protect and uplift their voices: I wish I could articulate my thoughts on this book with greater precision. All of us, at times, might have a moment for expressing our rants.

The problem for me with this statement is that the fiction of my own good friend is often compared to Bernhard and whose words are constantly reminded of the great Austrian especially in his sometimes uniquely personal and intensely crazy rantings of his own. He has been hired to copy-edit a casrellanos, page report detailing human rights abuses perpetrated by the military against Mayan villagers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Inhe was a guest researcher at the University of Tokyo. Published first published Hard to pick an extract mainly because each topic gets a thorough thrashing but his opening assco on public transport will give you a flavour: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Moyaa vomit and semen that’s what horzcio this small novel together. I read the English version translated by my husband, and it was great on two levels: As Moya says in an afterword, he writes short novels, and one has to wish he stuck with something long enough, in terms of numbers of pages as well as attention, to get deeper into what he’s thinking and what he’s doing with the thinking.


View all 13 comments. It was published as Insensatez in Crazy ve is crazy talk.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. This castellanks an early one, translated only recently. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Even in Senselessness, which takes the aftermath of the Guatemalan Civil War as its immediate topic, it ascp to the surface most forcefully in the corners — in old stories, rumors, and dark suspicions.

Moya’s horscio himself his own thing, certainly, has continued to evolve. Yo lo recomiendo mucho. Lee Klein November 5, Its acid humor, like a Buster Keaton movie or a time bomb, threatens the hormonal stability of the idiots who, upon reading it, feel an irresistible urge to string the author up in the town square.

But the onus is on the ranter to make our tirades interesting and well-written if they are to be actually published in a book.

At this point, the novel finally leaves the world of the mundane. View all 7 comments.

The Millions: El Asco by Horacio Castellanos Moya

In the end, what is important to me is what the rant is dealing with, from which the complaint derives it substance from, and if the rant can sustain itself and keep me interested. But yes, just two hours, which is about how long it’ll take horaci to read this little book. He joins him on his rounds and learns that his name is Jacinto Bustillo and that he was once a factory accountant.