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Reduced to simplest terms, Palinuro of Mexico tells the tale of a pair of cousins and lovers –medical student Palinuro and nurse Estefania–who spend much of their time assembling skeleton out of a random collection of bones.

But that would be like saying that Joyce ‘s Ulysses is about a late-night stroll. This mexjco and rewarding novel has much bigger things on its mind.

Built around digressions, flashbacks, shifting time, and a narrator who is “not just one character but several, as well as all df at once. Virgil’s Palinurus was Aeneas’s helmsman who fell victim to the god of sleep. His namesake in this complex, beautiful novel, is also a guide to a novel that straddles the conscious and subconscious, life and death. A combination of Dante’s Virgil, Lemuel Gulliver and the little prince, Palinuro leads readers through congeries of cultural and medical reference.

Having been raised largely free of a “disgust for life,” Palinuro, his beloved cousin Estefania and pedantic cousin Walter describe the body in detail that both repels and enchants.

On the face of it, this is the story of Palinuro, a pwlinuro or less contemporary medical student who lives with his cousin Estefania, and an overheated imagination. But it is also about the power and powerlessness of words to define and influence.

Palinuro de México by Fernando del Paso

Palinuro’s obsessive fantasizing about the personal life of objects in his room including an unbeatable passage on the dying days of his mirror ; the boarder, don Prospero’s compulsive reading of the encyclopedia; and a Proustian description of childhood, are all searingly beautiful.

Del Paso’s characterizations, often an accumulation of details that become sharply focused, are librk, as when palinuto describes Grandmother Altagracia, “who played ‘Clair de Lune’ on the piano and knew how to lower her lashes in gatherings to hide her spiritual myopia, read the Reader’s Digest Selections and remembered having once seen a Titian original.


When it was originally published in Mexico inPalinuro won the Romulo Galegos prize, which is awarded every five years for the best Spanish-language novel, and won the Prix au Meilleur Livre Etranger in when it was translated into French.

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Like those plainuro to whom he has been compared–Fuentes, Garcia Marquez, James Joyce, and Rabelais–del Paso draws upon myth, science, and world literature to expand his particular story to universal proportions. Telling the story of a medical medical student who’s engaged in an incestuous affair with his cousin, the novel satirizes advertising, politics, pornography, and mythology, while at the same time celebrating the body with a thoroughness that only a student of medicine pqlinuro manage.

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Palinuro de Mexico Spanish Edition. World Literature Series Paperback: Dalkey Archive Press July 1, Language: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 4 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Fernando del Paso’s Palinuro of Mexico describes a universe in which all things gravitate between the poles of entropy and love; the entropy of history, specifically Mexican history, the entropy of science, specifically medicine, the entropy of capitalism by way of advertising; and the chaotic love of knowledge for its own sake, the forbidden love of body parts, the sometimes obstreperous love of objects, the naive, boisterous love of students, and, mostly, the achingly pure and tellingly damned love between Palinuro and his cousin, Estefania.

It is impossible to compress del Paso’s work into an easy synopsis; the universe it describes is the universe of Palinuro’s own fantastical consciousness. Read it for the meditations of myth and history; read it for the bawdy comedy; read it for the “Shakespearean invention” and plagiarism ; read it for the sheer delirious luminous perverse willful drunkenness with words which del Paso effortlessly spins into dadaesque flesh.


This is heady stuff, insanely readable, artfully compelling and damnably entertaining. Bizarre, but a great read. Palinuro of Mexico is a long surreal voyage throughout everything, full of obscure refrences, and quotations, Palinuro takes you on a trip were Mexico and all of its small surrealistic features come to light, were the abnormal is the commonplace and were Palinuro mexick out on a journey of self-universal-discovery. Once you have read it you will be the same.

Hey, i’m looking for some contact with Fernando del Paso, ‘cos i wonder if he could give us a speech, or something in the Medicine School at Cuernavaca, Mexico, may you please helpe me? See all 4 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? News from the Empire Paperback.

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