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Se reencuentra con familia, amigos, y con el mismo. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 1st by Anagrama first published More Details Original Title.
Premio Herralde de Novela Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about El testigo , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of El testigo. View all 8 comments. Me gusta pensar que uno no siempre elige los libros que compra, sino que ciertos libros lo escogen a uno.
Y sospecho que este fue el caso. Y eso es territorio del ensayo. Posiblemente las novelas deben ser ensayos de esa realidad que la obra propone. Y paranoias. Y Julio es un testigo. Y ese testimonio es el que se transmite en la novela. Y finalmente Igancia, la mujer rota del desierto, enjuta por el hambre, con notables cicatrices en el cuerpo y en el alma.
Ella me encanta, porque representa en el protagonista una ruptura, cuando decide tomar las riendas, encarar su realidad y arrojarse a sus decisiones.
Nos podemos vincular con la gente mucho mejor por sus heridas. View all 4 comments. Nov 26, Gaby rated it liked it.
Nov 07, Oralia rated it it was amazing Shelves: lo-tengo. Hace mucho que no tomaba un libro y me quedaba hechizada bajo sus palabras. View 2 comments. Vivan los libros. Es un libro confuso, lleno de historias que se entrelazan, de pasados, presentes y futuros que se mezclan para mostrar el paso de cada uno de ellos.
Es una obra completa y compleja que reproduce un mundo ficcional sumamente real y que nos convierte, tal como lo dice su nombre, en testigos de lo que Julio va viviendo. Dec 11, El Avestruz Liado rated it really liked it.
A very complicated book to rate or review. The scope of Villoro's ambition is quite broad and that creates quite an issue when trying to write a review or, for that sake, a short description. Unsurprisingly, the core of the story revolves around the figure of the witness: of the present, of the past, of the core values of a nation, of social injustice, of social prejudices, etc The list is large, quite large and that is where the whole issue on reviewing this book arises.
It is hard for me to A very complicated book to rate or review. It is hard for me to tell at this moment if Villoro simply tried to bite more than he could swallow or if I just had to put closer attention as a reader to really grasp the whole thing.
In that light, consider this review and rate temporal. I might reread the book at some later time and then I could change my mind. I somehow believe that this is a 5 star book. The description of the Mexican intellectual class is also impressive and looks almost as a carbon copy of some events that would later happen compare Valdivieso's story with that of Sealtiel Alatriste. Seriously, it seems that real life imitated some of the plots shown here. In short: This book is a must read to understand contemporary Mexico during the 12 years of PAN rule.
It is also a book filled with humor and penetrant observations. But beware of the depth of the scope, there are a lot of stories that come and go and it is easy to get lost. It is a total shame that this book has not been translated yet. It is one of the most accurate and mesmerizing portraits of a nation made in the last years, not only in the mexican or spanish speaking literature.
Aug 08, Pedro rated it it was amazing. Las historias se entrelazan, se confunden. El lector se convierte en un testigo. Un sujeto pasivo. Su nombre es Julio y se gana la vida como profesor de Literatura en Francia. A donde llegamos como los derrotados de una guerra que nunca ha cesado. Antes Julio ha huido. Ahora le toca enfrentarse a su propio pasado. Tan puro. El pasado sin embargo no es general. Julio comparte sus propios fantasmas. Ahora ella ha fallecido.
Queda no obstante su semilla. Tuvo 2 hijos. La hija tiene remembranzas de su madre. El Testigo se convierte en una novela de posibles, de fueron, que de realidades. Juan Villoro brings us the story of Julio Valdivieso, a Mexican expatriate teaching at the University of Nanterre who comes back to his native land after 24 years of absence.
What does this return bring to his life? The revelation of past secrets in his life and family in the country hacienda were he spent several years of his childhood; episodes of the Cristero War in the 's; mysterious stories about the legend of the first Mexican modernist poet Ramon Lopez Velarde, and the attempt to prod Juan Villoro brings us the story of Julio Valdivieso, a Mexican expatriate teaching at the University of Nanterre who comes back to his native land after 24 years of absence.
The revelation of past secrets in his life and family in the country hacienda were he spent several years of his childhood; episodes of the Cristero War in the 's; mysterious stories about the legend of the first Mexican modernist poet Ramon Lopez Velarde, and the attempt to produce a soap opera to expose why Velarde deserves the beatification from the Vatican; the reunion of old literary workshop mates and their relatively unsuccessful careers; a Mexico whipped by drug-trafficking cartels, political transition to 'democracy', corrupt and conspiratorial authorities, and a highly distorted reality created by the media.
Filled with poetical prose, Julio Valdivieso's journey back home could have distant similarities to the sequel of the Odyssey; Mexico is an Ithaca having unknown voices that ask for a witness, an accomplice, a narrator of history Oct 11, Mark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: mexicans. I agree with everything i said before. It seemed less dense the second time but more fun. La vida de Julio Valdivieso es la de aquel que presencia los acontecimientos sin participar directamente en ellos.
Feb 24, Alejo rated it really liked it Shelves: latinoamericana , mexicali. Que novelon! Aug 12, Alina De rated it really liked it.
Feb 17, Oscar rated it it was amazing. Sep 21, Mauro rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Jan 27, Carlos rated it really liked it.
Un viaje interminable hacia el pasado. El testigo de Juan Villoro
View Larger Image. Spanish language. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory zk Synopsis: Premio Herralde de novela Julio Valdivieso, intelectual mexicano emigrado a Europa, profesor en la Universidad de Nanterre, vuelve a su pais despues de una larga ausencia. El PRI ha perdido al fin las elecciones y se inicia un peculiar periodo de transicion.