A Brief Life (Extraordinary Classics)

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Brausen is an advertising copywriter in his forties. He leads many lives, some real and some fantastic: he seeks release from himself and from the empirical world he knows, in order to experience a moment of psychic weightlessness - a ?brief life?. True to his creator's vision, he learns that to get out of one's skin is an impossible task, however, the attempt is in itself an act of redemption.

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Latin American literature has few secrets to divulge to the English-speaking world; but one of them is the Uruguayan novelist Juan Carlos Onetti? Gerald Martin, Guardian 'Is The Shipyard a one-off masterpiece? I hope that having reconstituted it for English readers, the translator and publisher will decide to take the rust off the rest of Onetti's works (John Spurling Spectator)

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'Latin American literature has few secrets to divulge to the English-speaking world; but one of them is the Uruguayan novelist Juan Carlos Onetti' GuardianBrausen is caring for his wife after a long illness. To compensate for the physical void which temporarily stalls their caresses, Brausen eavesdrops on his neighbours, a husband and wife; imagining their gestures and expressions. He also imagines stories: of a mythical town called Santa Maria, and of a doctor named Diaz Grey. But he not only wishes to imagine himself as someone else, he also seeks release from the world he knows. He leads many lives, some real and some fantastic, in order to experience a moment of psychic weightlessness - a 'brief life'.First published in 1950, this is a brilliant novel by one of the greats of Latin American literature.'The Graham Greene of Uruguay ... foreshadowing the work of Beckett and Camus.' Sunday Telegraph'One of the giants of the twentieth century' Alan Warner

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