Carlos Labbé The Murmuration recensie, review en informatie over de inhoud van de Chileense roman. Op 2 juli 2024 verschijnt bij uitgeverij Open Letter Books de Engelse vertaling van de roman Viaje a Partagua van de uit Chili afkomstige schrijver Carlos Labbé. Hier lees je informatie over de roman, de schrijver, de vertaler en over de uitgave. Er is geen Nederlandse vertaling van de roman verkrijgbaar of aangekondigd.

Carlos Labbé The Murmuration recensie en review

  • “Labbé deliberately distorts conventional narrative forms to create a challenging but engaging text.” (New York Journal of Books)
  • “Begins to fuck with your head from its very first word.” (Toby Litt, Engelse romanschrijver)

Carlos Labbé The Murmuration

The Murmuration

  • Auteur: Carlos Labbé (Chili)
  • Soort boek: Chileense roman
  • Origineel: Viaje a Partagua (2021)
  • Engelse vertaling: Will Vanderhyden
  • Uitgever: Open Letter Books
  • Verschijnt: 2 juli 2024
  • Omvang: 200 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: paperback / ebook
  • Prijs: € 16,95
  • Boek bestellen bij: Amazon / Bol

Flaptekst van de roman van de Chileense schrijver Carlos Labbé

On the eve of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, a retired sports commentator with a secret ability to influence living beings with his voice encounters one of the directors of the Chilean national team—a feminist with a covert agenda—on an overnight train ride to Santiago. The director convinces the commentator to return to broadcasting in order to call Chile’s matches and to utilize his unique vocal power to influence their outcomes.

Later, when Chile is facing off against Brazil in the semifinal match, the plan diverges from one of conventional victory and the narrative bifurcates, simultaneously tracking the action on the field and a startling sequence of events that is unfolding in one of the stadium’s luxury boxes, and what initially looks like a story of intrigue and action and an exploration of class warfare, representation, and social justice, emerges as a novel that enacts the notion that art can only transcend through collective creative action.

Within the world of Carlos Labbé’s fiction, this novel can be understood as a continuation and broadening of the political project signaled in his early work and a doubling-down on the formal playfulness and elusive sensibility that characterizes all of his fiction. Popular forms and genres (from science fiction and journalism in Navidad & Matanza, to detective fiction in Loquela, to pop music and protest movements in Spiritual Choreographies) have always been integral to Labbé’s oeuvre, and with The Murmurationhe engages the world of professional soccer, making his most direct appeal to the masses yet.

Carlos Labbé (Santiago, Chili, 28 januari 1977) one of Granta’s “Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists,” was born in Chile and is the author of eight novels , including Navidad & Matanza, Loquela, and Spiritual Choreographies (all available from Open Letter) and three collections of short stories. In addition to his writings he is a musician, and has released three albums. He is a co-editor at Sangria, a publishing house based in Santiago and Brooklyn, where he translates and runs workshops. He also writes literary essays, the most notable ones on Juan Carlos Onetti, Diamela Eltit, and Roberto Bolaño.

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