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“A book is a slow, unavoidable catastrophe,” we read in a late entry to On Elegance While Sleeping, Viscount Lascano Tegui’s fictional diary. The book is. Emilio Lascano Tegui is the author of On Elegance While Sleeping ( avg rating, ratings, 30 reviews, published ). Lascano Tegui de is the author of Muchacho de San Telmo. ( avg rating, 1 rating, 0 reviews, published ) and El Libro Celeste ( avg rating.

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The novel takes the structure of what might be termed a “false” autobiography of the dictator, There will come a day when no more poets will be born. On Lessons Learned and Not Learn The complete review ‘s Review:.

This holds true all the way up until the grand finale of the diary, the shock of which shatters all that glass that has separated the writer from the world.

While it is presented in diary-form, with relatively short, dated entries, these are teguk less with the protagonist’s present than his past: And sometimes his pronouncements betray his preoccupations with change. Von der Anmut im Schlafe – Deutschland. Among the things they also drag in are the corpses, and when he was a lascanno the writer showed a remarkable ability to find and fish these out — something that made him one of the villages “favorite sons”.

On Elegance While Sleeping by Viscount Lascano Tegui – review

De la elegancia mientras se duerme – US. Seeing is already a pleasure, of course, but clarity makes it a pleasure twice over. Beauty is lost, irrevocably. It is hardly necessary that we remind our American readers that for the free world’s great, lon He is a bookish sort, from his childhood attempts to “undermine my appearance” by adopting the wardrobes of the characters in whatever novels he was reading to his own writerly ambitions he’s thinking about writing: Though he departs, as he often does, from among the shadowy figures of his childhood, the narrator is also ruminating here upon his own isolation from the world, a world that he can see but not touch or connect with.


On Elegance While Sleeping is an odd work of fiction. How lucky we are to have the chance to read this collection of brain-dandruff, marvelously translated by Idra Novey. Indeed, his narration of his life in diary form is extremely self-conscious, not just in the usual diary-appropriate soul-baring ways but also as a literary endeavor. I acquired it in the most charming of ways” and who knows how its madness might manifest itself?

It’s an effective — and effectively unsettling — approach, and just right for this narrator who maintains an equanimity of tone even when describing great horror, and yet who ultimately loses that composure in his desire to: The protagonist criticizes art for trying to disguise the tedium and mediocrity of life, for dressing it up in dynamic or sentimental clothes that obscure trite reality.

Here as elsewhere, Lascano Tegui has his protagonist present even the most sensationalistic material almost casually, parts of a life that deserve off-hand mention but even if indulged in — such as a description of being sexually molested, or the local madwoman who offered herself under the local bridges after being traumatized by having her alcoholic father calmly cut off his own penis in front of her — are done so in a very casual manner.

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Like what you read? So this is lascajo work of decadence, very much possessed by death and sex and, importantly, steeped in a deep, dark humour.

For although the book ends in murder, we can doubt whether it happened, as in American Psycho. Suffice it to say, she who bestowed this gift upon me did so with the same ease and elegance as the doves of Aphrodite must alight upon the breasts of sleeping women Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. Her translation delights, and renders a diary that is already pleasurably quirky utterly captivating.


By setting the diary several decades in the past—though the specific dates remain uncertain, the events seem to take place at some point in the latter half of the 19th century—Lascano Tegui uses his portrait of progressive mental and moral degeneration to suggest the much further advanced infirmity of the modern world.

The sinister novel is structured as a fictional diary that culminates in a horrific final act of violence, but the tension builds slowly as the diarist occupies himself with elements of the everyday: It offers an intriguing look at a somewhat tegki Argentinean avant-garde novel and an interesting counterpoint to other literature of the period. Unlike other works of the period, which were so often preoccupied with speed or vigor or the urban landscape as a metaphor for human progress, this little diary has more in common with earlier Wildean decadence: After all, our narrator has syphilis “Syphilis is a civilised disease, and I intend to declare my allegiance to its aesthetic.

The poet is lasczno.

On Elegance While Sleeping – Viscount Lascano Tegui

Topics Books Nicholas Lezard’s choice. The Seine flows through our village. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Let us just be as we are: Or does it lie ahead of lqscano still?

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Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. From the self-penned epigraph “I write out of pure voluptuousness. There are strange resonances, which suggest a strong aesthetic integrity, and it is not a portrait of a one-dimensional man.

Such is the happy monotony of my life.