Apr 22, 2021
The Scale of Maps
Posted by Belén Gopegui Mark Schafer

Sergio Prim is a staid, middle aged geographer The romantic advances of Brezo Varela, a lively young woman who shares his profession, induce a series of terrifying hallucinations from which he attempts to seek refuge by immersing himself in the quest to map a place in which love never results in disillusionment A lyrical examination of language, imagination, and desireergio Prim is a staid, middle aged geographer The romantic advances of Brezo Varela, a lively young woman who shares his profession, induce a series of terrifying hallucinations from which he attempts to seek refuge by immersing himself in the quest to map a place in which love never results in disillusionment A lyrical examination of language, imagination, and desire.Bel n Gopegui burst onto the Spanish literary scene in 1993, bowling over critics with her masterful debut La escala de los mapas The Scale of Maps , which was hailed as a masterpiece This is her first work translated into English.

  • Title: The Scale of Maps
  • Author: Belén Gopegui Mark Schafer
  • ISBN: 9780872865105
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Scale of Maps Sergio Prim is a staid middle aged geographer The romantic advances of Brezo Varela a lively young woman who shares his profession induce a series of terrifying hallucinations from which he attempt

    Stephen P

    Yes, I have read the book The solid collection of bound papers enclosed within soft covers, its density heightened by the printed letters, words, sentences etched into the numbered pages Solid The spine grasped in the palm of my hand I sensed a tremor Too small to graph or measure.In the late 1960 s when taking LSD the physicality of books, paintings hung on walls, the walls themselves, pieces of furniture, clocks, faces, forgave their density and boundaries, their scale It was as if a part of t [...]


    City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

    It s an ambitious novel, to be sure, made beautiful by Gopegui s liquid prose, and made accessible by her ultimate refusal to answer her own questions Janet Potter, Bookslut Trembling is how protagonist Sergio Prim first appears to the reader His hands fluttered like a bashful magician s, the Spaniard Belen Gopegui writes of her fictional creation Gopegui s first novel, The Scale of Maps, is a story about a magic trick that Prim never quite masters, an ambitious disappearing act that ends in irr [...]


    Roberto Martínez

    Estaba buscando un fragmento de los perdidos 90s y me encontr con un texto que se sit a fuera de los mbitos del tiempo y el lugar Sustentada en un argumento m nimo, la novela es m s bien una alegor a, una elucubraci n acerca de los sentimientos, la relaci n del individuo con los otros y la presencia amenazante de la realidad que trunca los sue os.Por su tono especulativo me record en ocasiones a La insoportable levedad del ser , aunque su lectura no me hiz enarcar las cejas ni me dej con la boca [...]


    Tuck

    how do you map a void Just use blank white like National Geographic unknown hereor here be dragons Maybe with concentric circles like a high pressure system, overhead always, with barely moving erratic winds and no hope ever of rain Or a man s heart in love, but him knowing all the time, it will never work, never last This book is about the hole in mens hearts sad, ambling, pitiful with no hope except that precluding jumping from the bridge the night before, it will happen again in the morning S [...]


    Mythili

    Trembling is how protagonist Sergio Prim first appears to the reader His hands fluttered like a bashful magician s, the Spaniard Belen Gopegui writes of her fictional creation Gopegui s first novel, The Scale of Maps, is a story about a magic trick that Prim never quite masters, an ambitious disappearing act that ends in irredeemable failure After all, as another character, the enchanting mapmaker Brezo Varela, warns Prim, the problem with escape artists is that they never escape Read wordswith [...]


    Nerea Astral

    Maravilloso Ha acabado con casi todas las esquinas dobladas.


    Censured

    La escala de los mapas cuenta la historia de Sergio Prim, ge grafo de profesi n, y de su obsesi n, que es la de encontrar un refugio dentro de esta nuestra realidad tantas veces hostil el hueco Esta novela se trata de una larga misiva que Prim le escribe a Brezo Varela, su amor plat nico de la junventud, ya una mujer madura que por azares ha acabado en sus brazos despu s de a os de amistad indiferente A lo largo de la novela, Prim tratar de asimilar el asombro que supone poseer aquello que tanta [...]


    Adrián Díaz Mantecón

    Gopegui tiene estilo propio, y es un estilo que gusta La forma en la que narra, m s que lo que narra, es el punto fuerte deLa escala de los mapas Es un libro particularmente bueno, que recomiendo sin pesta ear por el buen sabor de boca que deja al terminarlo De una calidad literaria innegable, esta novela y la obra de Gopegui en general se merece estar muy arriba en las listas de ventas, y me alegro de haberlo le do para una de lastertulias literarias Ciervo Blanco.


    Adrián Díaz Mantecón

    Gopegui tiene estilo propio, y es un estilo que gusta La forma en la que narra, m s que lo que narra, es el punto fuerte deLa escala de los mapas Es un libro particularmente bueno, que recomiendo sin pesta ear por el buen sabor que deja en la boca al terminarlo Disfrutamos mucho en latertulia literaria Ciervo Blancosobre esta obra De una calidad literaria innegable, esta novela y la obra de Gopegui en general se merece estar muy arriba en las listas de ventas.


    Adrián Díaz Mantecón

    Gopegui tiene estilo propio, y es un estilo que gusta La forma en la que narra, m s que lo que narra, es el punto fuerte deLa escala de los mapas Es un libro particularmente bueno, que recomiendo sin pesta ear por el buen sabor de boca que deja al terminarlo De una calidad literaria innegable, esta novela y la obra de Gopegui en general se merece estar muy arriba en las listas de ventas, y me alegro de haberlo le do para una de lastertulias literarias Ciervo Blanco.


    Francisco H. González

    Bel n Gopegui con 30 a os vio publicada su primera novela La escala de los mapas, que recibi un sinf n de parabienes por parte de otros escritores como Francisco Umbral o Carmen Mart n Gaite.La historia que nos ofrece Gopegui es todo menos comercial, pues su lectura es como una traves a por el desierto o un ochomil, un campo minado donde hay que ir mirando bien el suelo a medida que vamos pisando, leyendo.El protagonista es Sergio Prim enamorado de Brezo l es ge grafo, ella tambi n Sergio est en [...]


    Salvor Hardin

    Petulante, infumable.


    Robert Wechsler

    What distinguishes this novel is its poetic nature, not in the usual, lyrical sense It is like modern poetry, with its wild use of metaphor, its disjunctions, its self reflexiveness, and its disrespect for convention including person The writing and its narrator can be annoying at times, but overall the novel works.What also distinguishes this novel is the love story it tells On its face this is a novel about a man who cannot commit to the woman he is in love with, but that doesn t say anything [...]


    c.vance c.vance

    most consistent thought i had Bitch is writing a man well slightly daring in some ways, slightly Kundera esque tangentials of thought in others none of it was terribly original, except for the parts that were apparently made up about the margeen , but it was enjoyable.


    Beltran

    Un protagonista en busca de un espacio donde la realidad no llegue para poder mantener a salvo su relaci n con su gran amor de juventud El libro no destaca tanto por su trama como por su estilo hipn tico e impresionista.


    Olivia

    bythefirelight 2011 02 26


    natura

    Me aburre y no le veo sentido ni inter s a la narraci n Lo dejo



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