Delirium

ISBN-10: 0307278042
ISBN-13: 9780307278043
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Description: Internationally acclaimed for the virtuosity and power of her fiction, Laura Restrepo has created inDeliriuma passionate, lyrical, devastating tale of eros and insanity. Aguilar, an unemployed literature professor who has resorted to selling dog  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.25" wide x 5.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Internationally acclaimed for the virtuosity and power of her fiction, Laura Restrepo has created inDeliriuma passionate, lyrical, devastating tale of eros and insanity. Aguilar, an unemployed literature professor who has resorted to selling dog food for a living, returns home from a short trip to discover that his wife, Agustina, has gone mad. He doesn’t know what has happened during his absence, and in his search for answers, he gradually unearths profound and shadowy secrets about her past. On one level,Deliriumreads like a detective story, as the reader pieces together information to discover the roots of Agustina’s madness. But it is also a remarkably nuanced novel whose currents run much deeper, delving into the minds of four characters: Aguilar, a husband passionately in love with his wife and determined to rescue her from insanity: Agustina, a beautiful woman from an upper-class Colombian family who is caught in the throes of madness; Midas, a drug-trafficker and money-launderer, who is Agustina’s former lover; and Nicolás, Agustina’s grandfather. Through the mixing of these distinct voices, Laura Restrepo creates a searing portrait of a society battered by war and corruption as well as an intimate look at the daily lives of people struggling to stay sane in an unstable country. Deliriumalready has been awarded the 2004 Premio Alfaguara, the 2006 Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France for best translated fiction. It is an ambitious and deeply affecting masterwork by one of Latin America’s most important contemporary voices. Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer.

Laura Restrepo livse in Bogotá, Colombia.        

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