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Read & Download Terra Nostra Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ö Terra Nostra ist der bisher umfangreichste und ehrgeizigste aller großen lateinamerikanischen Romane Seine 1129 Seiten beherbergen hundert Charaktere; er umgreift die Zeitspanne vom Römischen Reich bis zum Paris des Dezember 1999; der Schauplatz ist das Spanien des sechzRopa Italien und die Levante Phantasie und Aufbau dieses Buches flößen Ehrfurcht ein der Autor versteht sein Handwerk meisterhaft Gene H Bell The New Republ. Stop me if you have heard this beforeA Mexican writer walks into the hotel bar He joins his fellow Latin Americans an Argentinian a Chilean a Peruvian and a Colombian Julio Cortázar Jose Donoso Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Maruez and says “ — Todos los buenos latinoamericanos vienen a morir a Paris” Every good Latin American comes to Paris to die They all laugh in agreementThe date is December 31 1999 The end of the Millenium The world is ravaged by microbes causing world starvation and there is an order out to curb the population growth The Mexicans have brought back the fight to the death Aztec ball game shown on the screens The Russians distribute copies of the works of Trotsky and will shoot them if they are caught reading the books In Río de Janeiro the military orders a perpetual carnaval so people can party themselves to death The French decide their fates through debates on television Ah the French are so civilizedA very distopian story But the only continuous thing playing on the screens is a show about the 16th century Spanish king Philip II And the bulk of the enormous 950 page book centres around Felipe known as El Señor son of Felipe El hermoso and Joanna Regina La Dama Loca and married to the English ueen Isabel La Señora The cast runs some three pages and includes his friends known as los soñadores or “The Dreamers” who are friends of the young king and spans some twenty years Yep a soap operaWhy Felipe II Felipe was the king of the Spanish empire He didn’t want to leave Spain and for the most part neither left Escorial the tomb like palace he built for himself and according to the story didn’t put much faith in the new world even though so much money came in it Sadly to finance his plans he borrowed to the hilt and often defaulted He claimed that the Christians Jews and Muslims lived in harmony but also chased them out of Spain He claimed that he never touched his English wife and yet both relied heavily on lovers In other words a soap operaThe book has moments of brilliance and utter shear beauty in the language There were times when passages went on too long and I thought he was rambling The characters are all flawed and that makes them worthy of reading There is a description of the Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch that is breathtaking So why did Fuentes write this book Perhaps to say that the conuistadors left Spain to conuer a new world and once there the same corrupt ways corrupted the new world Felipe asked one of his conuistadors if he found paradise No only hell And as the dystopian world collapsed in 1999 reflecting on the past meant seeing everything come full circle Have we really advanced or are we truly victims of history repeating itself The Spanish rule sure doesn’t bode well especially from a Mexican point of viewPublished in 1975 Fuentes tackles magic realism time travel and assorted tricks like including himself and his colleagues in the story Time seems irrelevant and yet very relevant He even includes a story of the Roman emperor Tiberius covering two thousand yearsDid I like it Yes no and everything in between Why so long I asked And yet as I neared the end I realized that I would miss the book That was a very odd feelingI have read most of Fuentes’ books and he wrote a lot and not even sure where to put it I read an old New York Times review that says if you are going to fail fail big I wouldn’t put this down to failure Epic Massive Yes Very good at least Very long One month to read Yes Very big

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Terra Nostra ist der bisher umfangreichste und ehrgeizigste aller großen lateinamerikanischen Romane Seine 1129 Seiten beherbergen hundert Charaktere; er umg. Terra Nostra is a dreamscape an elaborate allegory infused with mysticism symbolism numerology theology There are tales nested within tales dreams within dreams a mirror of our world distorted beyond reason but not recognition The linear is discarded in favour of the circular the finite arc of human life replaced by an endless cycle of repetition In this view of history as a singularity there is no Old World or New no past or future only man and his own fractal nature which is at all times and places eually perverse and eually transcendent The facets comprising the kaleidoscope of diverse cultural religious and historical perspectives differ only arbitrarily and from these arise repeated patterns that converge into a picture of a singular essential human nature that transcends time and place From this perspective the individual is reduced to archetype one aspect of a super organism which devours itself growing larger only in order to devour itself still In its nature can be found the many ironies of existence In the act of creation one must destroy; in conuest one becomes subjugated; in piety one is most corrupted The thesis is encapsulated in the novel’s opening lines Incredible the first animal that dreamed of another animal Monstrous the first vertebrae that succeeded in standing on two feet and thus spread terror among the beasts still normally and happily crawling close to the ground through the slime of creation Astounding the first telephone call the first boiling water the first song the first loincloth Existence itself is seen as the primary cause of suffering The nature of creation is such that to thrive is to destroy and to prosper obliterate God becomes the ultimate destroyer the twin of the creator god to whom he is united by this fundamental contradiction In the religion of Christianity it is not Adam who has committed the original sin but God himself in whose nature sin resides as an inseparable part of His virtue; a sin He commits by the very act of creation Man too creates and the crimes of man are a continuation of this shared nature the dark half of the realisation of his destiny though let us not forget that there is also a light half It is perhaps no enlightening to enuire as to why mankind seeks to commit acts of evil than it is to ask why the waves seek to erode the shoreBut the novel is not a nihilistic apology of conuest and colonialism merely an examination of the nature that has caused this repeated fact of history and the complex moral uestions that arise from it How can we exist as a moral species if the nature of life itself is that for one to rise many must fall What forgotten price have others paid for our telephone calls boiling water songs and loincloths and how can we but expect this cost to be paid again and again by the unlucky in perpetuity as we proceed unchecked along this path The example of thousands of years of human history does not point to a gradual abandonment of this modus operandi but shows rather a species relentlessly striving to perfect it Do we possess the ability to alter our course or will the beast inevitably consume itself

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Terra NostraReift die Zeitspanne vom Römischen Reich bis zum Paris des Dezember 1999; der Schauplatz ist das Spanien des sechzehnten Jahrhunderts aber auch Mexiko Nordeu. This massive meditation on the Conuest and its effect on imaginations moralities and all related matters pertaining to worlds both New and Old hit me like a cinder block I recall going to Day's Espresso at the time such a locale offered magnificent lattes they made me fat I didn't care I loved this book There is a well of intertextuality within which is nerdy yet effective