“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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There will come a day when no more poets will be born. The writer tries his best — “No, no verse! The protagonist criticizes art for trying to disguise the tedium ttegui mediocrity of life, for dressing it up in dynamic or sentimental clothes that obscure trite reality.

Emilio Lascano Tegui’s “On Elegance While Sleeping – Words Without Borders

The writer is from the Parisian suburb Bougival: The novel takes the structure of what might be termed a “false” autobiography of the dictator, But winter slaughtered them nonetheless in the ambush of my clear glass. This is an examination of a peculiar kind of suburban tedium, where not even death can grab the attention of the old women looking out of their windows, where to love and to be loved are the highest blessings, and where what looks from a distance to be “a child, or a beautiful woman” turns out, on closer inspection, to be “nothing more than a small dog, a camera, or a bicycle”.

On Lessons Learned and Not Learn Von der Anmut im Schlafe – Deutschland. Now, originality is a double-edged attribute, not necessarily wholly desirable for its own sake as in Johnson’s acidic formula: The city, in our fearsome urbanized future, will impede their birth.

It offers an intriguing look at a somewhat obscure Argentinean avant-garde novel and an interesting counterpoint to other literature of the period. Among the things they also drag in are the corpses, and when he was a youth the writer showed a remarkable ability to find and fish these out — something that made him one of the villages “favorite sons”.


Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. From the self-penned epigraph “I write out of pure voluptuousness.

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For although the book ends in murder, we can doubt whether it happened, as in American Psycho. Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. After all, our narrator has syphilis “Syphilis is a civilised disease, and I intend to declare my allegiance to its aesthetic. While it is presented in diary-form, with relatively short, dated entries, these are concerned less with the protagonist’s present than his past: Take the following entry:.

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. I acquired it in the most charming of ways. Kjell Askildsen, Selected Stories Here, at the midpoint of his narrative, Bernhard, the affectless and purposeless protagonist of 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: Like adults bereft of the elegant obliviousness of youth, civilizations seem to be doomed to ungraceful aging, and infancy only presages death: De la elegancia mientras se duerme – US.

Show 25 25 50 All. The Seine flows through our village. Loading comments… Trouble loading? I inherited his enormous delight in neatness. 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: There is just as much about life and death, too, as there is about sex and idleness.


After all, there are not that many Argentinian modernists whose names trip readily off the tongue for anyone in Europe besides perhaps Clive James, and Viscount Tegui was fairly obscure even in Argentina. Syphilis is a civilized disease, and I intend to declare my allegiance to its aesthetic.

And sometimes his pronouncements betray his preoccupations with change. 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 tegji, a world that he can see but not touch or connect with. But it is the humdrum of everyday life that is its greatest failing. Dictator Chronicles by Alfredo Iriarte.

Flies, still unaware of the invention of glass, tried to come in from the street, dying from the impact. The complete review ‘s Review:.

On Elegance While Sleeping by Viscount Lascano Tegui – review

N o, I hadn’t heard of him either. 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: There are strange resonances, which suggest a strong aesthetic integrity, and it is not a portrait of a one-dimensional man.

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: Hair is a recurring image in the novel, and serves as a mark of contingency and change. 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.