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Pages: 208
Dimensions: 13 x 21 cm
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After-lunch Conversation is written in a diary form, rather than a novel, it is a book to be read as the tormented but impeccable testimony at the end of the distressing century, as it was described by the author. In these pages, it is of great interest to permeate the world view of Silva, there are the conflicting reactions and the expected contradictions of a protagonist suffering from numerous problems of all kinds: artistic, moral, religious and even political that those time of crisis presented to the spirit of an American man of the end of the century. José Fernández is a dandy, who after having lived for years in Europe, returns to his country. During a gathering of after dinner conversation he agrees to read to his friends the diary where tells about his stay in the Old World. There he describes how, after a life dedicated to sensuality and pleasure, ends obsessed with Helena, a teenager whom he sees in his way to a Swiss hotel and whom converts to the idealized embodiment of his purest desires. After a long search he finds that Helena is dead, falling into a strange nervous illness and after being recovered he returns disappointed to his country. Silva put in Fernández his personality traits and an abundant autobiography, while making from his dreams the protagonist's desires. Fernández, is much more than a portrait of the author, he is his best delirium. Rich, handsome, poet, he lives surrounded by refinements and luxuries but he is a victim of Tantalus' torture: to love, to have and to know everything. In his youth, Fernández exhausted the roads that could lead him to happiness. One of the most interesting metaphors of the novel is discovered by the reader when he had known, how the past of Fernández could be a present of Silva. The pursuit of beauty and forms is one more way to obtain power.


José Asunción Silva. Bogotá, November 27, 1865 - May 23, 1896. He was a Colombian poet. Its importance for literature lies, essentially, in having been, according to a certain sector of criticism, one of the most important precursors of Modernism; and, according to another sector of criticism, one of the most important writers of the first generation of modernist writers. With the exception of a few brief spells abroad, Silva's life takes place in the closed and unstimulating environment of the Bogotá of his years. By no means a neurotic, but a misfit and nonconformist, his existence was marked by failure and frustrations: continuous ruins in his commercial endeavors, in which he has to act to save the family businesses; the death of his beloved sister Elvira, the wreck of a ship in which he was traveling and where he lost the best of my work; the hostility of a narrow society that forces him, out of modesty and arrogance, to almost hide his literary vocation. All this, working on a highly sensitive spirit, culminated in the early suicide.


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