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The second novel from the best-selling Argentine author of The Anatomist, The Merciful Women is a brilliant retelling of the birth of the Gothic novel. In the summer of , Percy and Mary Shelley, Mary's sister, and Lord Byron hid themselves away in a Swiss villa, whiling away rainy afternoons with the Gothic novel contest that would produce Frankenstein.
Andahazi's reim The second novel from the best-selling Argentine author of The Anatomist, The Merciful Women is a brilliant retelling of the birth of the Gothic novel.
Andahazi's reimagining focuses on the fifth competitor: John Polidori, Byron's manservant, a talentless hack resentful of the ease of his master's life. Through a Faustian pact with an unseen intercessant, Polidori obtains the most compelling vampire story ever written. But "The Vampyre" has striking similarities to Polidori's benefactor and to what she asks of him in return. Opium, erotica, and decadence meld into a sly and stylish novel about literary ambition, talent, and inspiration.
Andahazi can remind you of vintage Terry Southern. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 15th by Grove Press first published More Details Original Title.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Merciful Women. Aber es erwarte bitte niemand historische oder biografische Fakten. Der Roman ist selbst eine Schauergeschichte. Und es geht um Literatur, die man sich einverleibt. Spannend, originell und witzig. Und jetzt muss ich Polidoris Vampir lesen. View all 9 comments. There's certainly more than the occasional old-fashioned moment here that I could complain about.
But Andahazi's ribald inventiveness and breezy prose are hugely enjoyable. The translation is very idiomatic; I have to remind myself that this was originally in Spanish. Great fun so far, and Andahazi and I do share some ahem obsessions. Repleto de alguns dos grandes nomes desta literatura como Marry Shelley e Lord Byron. Todo se passa numa noite assombrada Em que quatro amigos decidem escrever contos sobrenaturais Shelley cria nessa noite o que seria o inicio da sua maior obra.
Fragilidade, amores renegados, desespero, medo, Sublime! Fragilidade, amores renegados, desespero, medo, morte Necessitaria de ser maior para todas poder ser desenvolvidas mais abertamente. Fora esse pequeno pormenor I really wanted to like this book.
It sounded right up my alley - I love Frankenstein, and so novel that imagined what went on at the Villa Diodati that fateful week when it was written, and what led Polidori to write The Vampyre and subsequently commit suicide, was very appealing.
Plus, I've been wanting to read more works in translation, so an Argentinian author's take on this story was even more intriguing. The result teetered on the edge of intriguing and unappealing for awhile, but eve I really wanted to like this book.
The result teetered on the edge of intriguing and unappealing for awhile, but eventually landed squarely in the distasteful no pun intended and weird category. While the idea that most of the second-rate literature in the world canon was "ghost" written has a certain dark humor, ultimately this book left me wanting to take a shower and use strong mouthwash.
Luova nainen on silti anomalia, niin fyysisesti kuin psyykkisestikin. And the unbreakable connection between she and her sisters is absurd, yet still kinda sad and emotional. The end is, unlike the rest of the novel, very much humanlike, so to say Aunque no veo esto precisamente como una falla. Sep 16, Stacia rated it liked it Shelves: , gothic-spooky-or-creepy. It was a very quick, easy read. I'd rate it a relatively fun early entry for my October 'spooky' reading A minha querida Cris ofereceu-me este livro.
My dear Cris gave me this book. It was a pleasant reading so I read everything published so far Andahazi. As my first language is Castilian, so I had no difficulty in reading the author's own language A minha querida Cris ofereceu-me este livro. As my first language is Castilian, so I had no difficulty in reading the author's own language, which is very good. The pity is that I can not do the same with the works of Murakami!
Es la receta de un ameno trabajo con una propuesta final que se antoja. Mary Shelley, Lord Byron platicando en una sala, no suena mal. Dec 28, Russell James rated it it was amazing. Only now can the truth be told! Apr 08, Yana Ms. Yana reads rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction.
What if? What if what Federico writes about was true. Can you believe that? Apr 06, Susan Chow-Dukhan rated it liked it. Most people are familar with the story of the writing competion between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley and Mary's stepsister, Claire Clairmont, which resulted in the conception of the idea for the novel Frankenstein.
The fifth person that was with the group was John Polidori, Lord Byron's personal physican, who is attributed to have written the first vampire story. Federico Andahazi has used his imagination in writing this short story about the events that occurred in the summer of , that Most people are familar with the story of the writing competion between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley and Mary's stepsister, Claire Clairmont, which resulted in the conception of the idea for the novel Frankenstein.
Federico Andahazi has used his imagination in writing this short story about the events that occurred in the summer of , that resulted in the manuscript for The Vampyre.
The Merciful Women is written with a touch of Gothic horror flickering candles, dark stormy nights , that includes a monster and scenes of erotica. The overall effect was a parody of Gothic horror that made this a humorous book to read. Jun 24, Karol rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Just that. Apr 01, Jodi rated it liked it. Very interesting spin on an old tale. Strange story but reflects a story of talent not earned and the necessity of life.
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The Merciful Women
As in El anatomista, Andahazi explores sexuality. Here, he constructs a modern gothic novel in which the intrigue involves both memorable characters and plot. Polidori, the protagonist, is both Las piadosas. Federico Andahazi.