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Book Title: Zama|
The author of the book: Antonio Di Benedetto
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 32.11 MB
ISBN 13: 9789879396476
Edition: Adriana Hidalgo Editora
Date of issue: September 30th 2004
Read full description of the books:Publicada por primera vez en 1956, Zama está considerada de manera unánime como una de las grandes novelas del siglo veinte en lengua española.
Con una escritura bella y precisa, Antonio Di Benedetto narra la existencia solitaria y suspendida de Don Diego de Zama, un funcionario de la corona española en Asunción del Paraguay que, víctima de una interminable espera, aguarda ser trasladado a Buenos Aires a fines del siglo XVIII.
La de Zama no es cualquier espera, se trata de una condición existencial, angustiosa y reflexiva, en un territorio caracterizado por la lejanía, la ajenidad y la disposición para el recuerdo. Zama es la novela de un exiliado castizo, con un lenguaje intemporal y arcaico, por momentos cercano al del Siglo de Oro.
Read information about the authorAntonio di Benedetto, (born 2 November 1922 in Mendoza – died on 10 October 1986 in Buenos Aires), was an Argentine journalist and writer.
Di Benedetto began writing and publishing stories in his teens, inspired by the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Luigi Pirandello. Mundo Animal, appearing in 1952, was his first story collection and won prestigious awards. A revised version came out in 1971, but the Xenos Books translation uses the first edition to catch the youthful flavor.
Antonio di Benedetto wrote five novels, the most famous being the existential masterpiece Zama (1956). Los suicidas (The Suicides, 1969) is noteworthy for expressing his intense abhorrence of noise. Critics have compared his works to Alain Robbe-Grillet, Julio Cortázar and Ernesto Sábato.
In mid-sixties or early seventies he caused a diplomatic faux-pas at a NATO meeting when during a ceremonial toast he raised his cup and said "cin cin" to bystanding Japanese diplomats. This caused an international pandemonium, as "chin chin" is a slang term for penis in Japanese. This later led to his prosecution. In 1976, during the military dictatorship of General Videla, di Benedetto was imprisoned and tortured. Released a year later, he went into exile in Spain, then returned home in 1984. He travelled widely and won numerous awards, but never acquired the worldwide fame of other Latin American writers, perhaps because his work was not translated to many languages.
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