“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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Andrea Rosenberg is a literary translator from the Spanish and Portuguese. His vision of a fragile, imperfect race of perverts and criminals is less an affectionate embrace for flawed humanity, or an affirmation of solidarity in folly, than it is an accusing finger, an indictment of our rush to condemn others without examining our own failings.

On Elegance While Sleeping – Viscount Lascano Tegui

The writer tries his best — “No, no verse! It offers an intriguing look at a somewhat obscure Argentinean avant-garde novel and an interesting counterpoint to other literature of the period.

I inherited his enormous delight in neatness.

Take the following entry: Such pronouncements endear ,ascano narrator to us and make him seem somewhat familiar. There is just as much about life and death, too, as there is about sex and idleness.

The city, in our fearsome urbanized future, will impede their birth. Take the following entry:.

Hair is a recurring image in the novel, and serves as a mark of contingency and change. This is a strange and menacing book, and the mischievous juxtaposition of irony and humor with malice and depravity makes it a compelling read. Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. Yet the playful note struck in the epigraph does not disappear from the rest of the book, despite the descent into madness portrayed.


Let us just be as we are: On Lessons Learned and Not Learn It’s an effective — and effectively unsettling — approach, and just right for hegui narrator who maintains an equanimity of tone even when describing great horror, and yet who ultimately loses that composure in his desire to: A wonderful and wonderfully bizarre little work.

Emilio Lascano Tegui

Lascano Tegui assigned himself his aristocratic title and took on an exaggerated persona, just as his fictional diarist as a child habitually changes his appearance: How on earth, you wonder, did Tegui come up with that particular list, which hovers between poignancy and stochastic surrealism?

Its dark green waters drag in the grime from that happy city.

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: Orthofer8 January The protagonist criticizes art for trying to disguise the tedium and mediocrity of life, for dressing it up in dynamic or sentimental lazcano that obscure trite reality. The novel takes the structure of what might be termed a “false” autobiography of the dictator, Von der Anmut im Schlafe tevui Deutschland.


It is hardly necessary that we remind our American readers that for the free world’s great, lon Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s laacano interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

And I, behind this glass, watched them die. The story is set in the nineteenth century — the entries are made over the course of five lascanl, each specifying day and month but the years recorded only as “”.

Emilio Lascano Tegui (Author of On Elegance While Sleeping)

From the self-penned epigraph “I write out of pure voluptuousness. The everyday life the writer describes is often far from monotonous — there’s that man who emasculates himself, for one, and there is also murder He left Argentina for Europe, while his protagonist only leaves Bougival during a brief stint in the army, but both are obsessed with the possibility of human transformation.

This makes life itself an artistic project of sorts. Now, originality is a double-edged attribute, not necessarily wholly desirable for its own sake as in Johnson’s acidic formula: