Mazurka for Two Dead Men (Mazurca para dos muertos)
Masterful, idiomatic narrative style, filled with earthy, accessible human imagery weaving a phenomenal tapestry of life and biting humor. Camilo Jose Cela's writing is lucid, elemental and yet brings forward issues of daily life common to all - not only in his own Galician region. What a read - and as fresh as narrative text can ever be.
/Brandy Bartosh, United States
Marvellous book! Literature is very practical, I tell you. It's like a organization of mind. The thought is like a sword in your common sense; it always feels uncomfortable. With Cela, from the moment you begin to open the book, you feel incredibly a new world in front of you and you get tremendous pleasure watching the world as new experience. Forget about limitations - as soon as you begin to open yourself to the language, you gain tremendous pleasure and satisfaction. It will bring you inexhaustible energy if you can read it in its original language.
/Luís César Nunes, Brazil
The Family of Pascual Duarte (La familia de Pascual Duarte)
Suffering, evil and pessimism!!! The memory remains of Arthur Schopenhauer.
/Victor Delvy Tutupary, Indonesia
The Hive (La colmena)
This caleidoscopic novel draws you in piece by piece, through short sequences at a first glance unrelated, only later to discover through the very characters the various threads that bind all these beads. It could be the sorrowful hum of the individuals there, or the tavern of Doña Rosa, or the new Nationalist Spain in which people must carry on with their lives. In the end all these threads make the beehive of this buzzing swarm, symbol of a society in a given time, craving for new hopes, striving to deal with the past, and the present hardships.
/Raluca Batanoiu, Germany
Post-war Spain, a lot of people with no hope of a better life, everything written in short episodes, that's just fine, wonderful. 'The Hive' is like reading a small universe where everything could happen, it's to feel like the human race has nothing, it's great.
/Rodrigo U. Flores, Bolivia
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