Reading Horacio Castellanos Moya’s scathing Thomas Bernhard tribute/parody Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador, a book-length diatribe against El. El Salvador, incensed by the recent publication of the novella El asco ( Disgust), a text which heaps scorn on almost every aspect of the Salvadoran state. Abstract: Salvadoran writer Horacio Castellanos Moya offers a provocative example of postwar cynicism in his novel El asco: Thomas Bernhard en San.

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Retrieved 3 September Books by Horacio Castellanos Moya. No trivia or quizzes yet.

I wrote [ Revulsion ] in —97, in Mexico City, as an exercise in style: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Exactly what it says it is: Moya, es que no lo puedo creer, no es posible!

So many passages of this book would be worth quoting at length. And they are paranoid — persecution-complex, Nixon-level paranoid. She starts thinking about everyone she knows, starting with her ex-husband and the men Horaci slept with.

It is also interesting to think that although “Thomas Bernhard” is such a miserable and disagreeable character, he occasionally has some useful cultural critiques. Horacio Castellanos Moya is an El Salvadoran writer and journalist who has worked as the editor of news agencies, magazines and newspapers in various countries.

At one point he gets an idea for a novel. An interesting exercise in imitation skewering the most contemptible issues in San Asci.

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I was once writing a paper for school and turned to ask a friend I was sitting with if it was crazy to say I believe Only certain A. Today I think of David Gorin’s PENamerican elegy and imagine Liu Xiaobo crossing a street in lower Manhattan even now, umbrella in one hand, phone in the other, googling the news, no one to stop him https: Like a stigma, the little imitation novel and its aftermath pursue saco.

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But come on here, ranting is ranting. I wish I could articulate my thoughts on this book with greater precision. In between explosions, stabbings, mass snake-bites, and stampedes, an image of San Salvador and Salvadoran society at large starts to come together in flashes, like the picture in a zoetrope. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. He would have been Thank you Lee Klein.

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I never could accept that of the hundreds of countries where I might have been born I was ascoo in the worst country of all, the stupidest, the most criminal, which is why I went to Montreal, well before the war began, not in search of better economic conditions, horcio because I never accepted the macabre twist of fate of being born here.

It’s all in one breath, a breath both suffocating and liberating at one time. Politicians serve the wealthy; both are in bed with the drug cartels, and the cartels use the drug enforcements squads meant to pursue them for protection. View all 19 comments. Read an excerpt of the translation here. Sadly, very few people in El Salvador have read Bernhard, moa fewer still have a sense of humor. But not this one. The problem for me with this statement is that the fiction of my own good friend is often compared to Bernhard and whose words are constantly reminded of the great Austrian especially in his sometimes uniquely personal and intensely crazy rantings of his own.


This is the third time I’ve read a novel claiming Bernhard lineage, and it’s probably the least successful of all. These people for the most part do not read and are not interested in anything but the made-for-TV film hoeacio to make its way on to their cable network.

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You can never be sure that Moya means it, and that just add Exactly what it says it is: Here, the aftermath of a decades-long massacre becomes the occasion for a sex farce, an office comedy, and a paranoid thriller. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I also deducted an additional star for the sequence in the brothel at the end, which nearly made me vomit, as well as for telling us explicitly in the last sentence what has been perfectly obvious all along.

I think of that as a sad compliment.

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Ever walk into a house without books? Obviously, this rant did or I would not be writing about it.

But then perhaps the author thinks us all as stupid as his creation. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. This was like spending the afternoon engrossed in a gritty hilarious stand up comedy. View all 7 comments.