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Los disparos del cazador

Rafael Chirbes

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Title: Los disparos del cazador
Author: Rafael Chirbes
Genre: Novel
Written: 1994
Length: 136 pages
Original in: Spanish
Availability: Los disparos del cazador - US
Der Schuss des Jägers - Deutschland
Los disparos del cazador - España
  • Los disparos del cazador has not been translated into English yet

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Our Assessment:

B : fairly well-done small atmospheric novel

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
FAZ . 1/6/1996 Eckhard Heftrich

  From the Reviews:
  • "Das Beispiel zeigt, wo die natürlichen Grenzen einer Übersetzung liegen. Sie ganz aufzuheben gelänge nicht einmal durch eine kongeniale Leistung. Denn nicht nur für die Lyrik, auch für Prosa von Rang gilt, daß die Autoren aus der Sprache dichten, anstatt nur mit deren Hilfe zu denken. In unserem Fall bleibt die deutsche Version noch öfter hinter dem Original zurück, als es der Eigenwille der beiden Sprachen erzwingt." - Eckhard Heftrich, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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The complete review's Review:

       Los disparos del cazador is the story of an old man, nearing death, living alone in a house in Madrid, cared for by his servant, Ramón. The man, Carlos, narrates the story, and it is mainly one of looking back. He is haunted in the large, empty house by his memories.
       Carlos always presented himself as a pillar of strength, never showing weakness in his private or professional life, but the frailty of age reveals the hurt and fear that he carried with him for all of his life. His two loves, Eva and Elena, are gone. Eva, his wife, died. Elena, his mistress, an almost completely sexual object, left him. His isolation has become almost complete.
       The memories of his rise to some sort of success in the Spain of the 1940s and 50s weigh heavily on Carlos, the cost of it only now becoming clear to him. Chirbes uses the character to sketch an effective portrait of these times in Spain. He leaves the heavy Francoist spectre largely unspoken of but it clearly casts its pall over almost everything.
       Chirbes writes quite well, making for a decent, sombre little novella.

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About the Author:

       Spanish author Rafael Chirbes lived 1949 to 2015.

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