HABLAR SOLOS ANDRES NEUMAN PDF

The three people, however, never talk to each other and in many ways do not interact with each other, instead they talk to each other as if they were writing a journal entry with all its rhetorical fluidity. I mention Hacerse el muerto because, while comic at times, returns to the theme of parental loss that he first touched on in his short quintet, Una silla para alguien. All of these elements make Hablar solos a much more personal book that shows a broad range of feeling and subjects he Neuman is willing to approach. The three narrators are Mario, a truck driver and father of, Lito a young boy, and Elena, his wife and a professor of literature.

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The three people, however, never talk to each other and in many ways do not interact with each other, instead they talk to each other as if they were writing a journal entry with all its rhetorical fluidity. I mention Hacerse el muerto because, while comic at times, returns to the theme of parental loss that he first touched on in his short quintet, Una silla para alguien.

All of these elements make Hablar solos a much more personal book that shows a broad range of feeling and subjects he Neuman is willing to approach. The three narrators are Mario, a truck driver and father of, Lito a young boy, and Elena, his wife and a professor of literature. As the book opens Mario takes Lito on a one of his deliveries in his truck, Pedro. As they drive across Spain, Mario takes Lito on a grand adventure, seeping in the cab, eating at truck stops, sleeping in hotels.

It is all fascinating for the boy and everything is a big adventure. Even when strange encounters occur Lito has no idea what it really going on. Nor does he know that Mario is dying of cancer and this is their last time together.

Everything they do in the truck together is tinged with sadness as Mario knows it is the last time they can do it together. In the hotel cafe where men and women dance, that in itself a rarity, they meet a self described magician who gives Lito a hat. The man, Mario says, though Lito was for rent since who could believe a father would bring their son into a place like that.

It is a funny and touching moment showing both the desperation of the father to have that one last experience with his son, and to protect him from what ever harm he can. The strongest and ever present voice, though, is Elena. He narration makes up half the book and is where the real exploration of the pain of loss happens. Mario is unable to express himself very deeply.

It is a strange relationship, almost sadomasochistic, one where the doctor fetishes the human body in all its failings. But at other times I wondered: And if this really were Mario? And if instead of having lost his essence, now, only remained the essential parts of him?

Like a distillation? And if in this hospital we are misunderstanding the bodies of our dear ones? Because Mario and Elena speak by themselves they are unable to answer these questions.

It makes the grief Elena feels all the greater. It is as if conversation would contain their ability to express themselves. Hablar solos is an excellent book that successfully renders three distinct voices into a conversation. It is a delicate balancing act that shows Neuman at the top of his game and a writer whose next work I look forward to reading.

If you are looking to read it in English, Puskin Press will be publishing it in Spring

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