It seems that Marcelo married a rich woman, Esperancita, a delicate woman, who prayed aloud so that God could hear her. She had him tracked down and arrested. He spent almost three years in prison. Since then he has disappeared, possibly still with Coca. The family reimbursed Esperancita. Esperancita eventually died, leaving a note saying that Marcelo had not robbed her and that she still loved him.

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More about this series. Author: Ricardo Piglia. Translator: Daniel Balderston. Now it can finally be read, enjoyed, and celebrated by readers in this country. It will be an intellectual experience you will never forget" — Ariel Dorfman. Artificial Respiration is his first book in English. His other books have been translated into Portuguese, French, Italian, and German. Bk Cover Image Full. Sign In.

Search Cart. Search for:. Artificial Respiration. Book Pages: Illustrations: Published: March In part a reflection on one of the most repressive and tragic times in Argentine history, this is one of those rare works of fiction in which multiple philosophical, political, and narrative dimensions are all powerfully and equally matched. As a prize winning detective novel, Artificial Respiration reaches through many levels of mystery to explore the forces that have been at play in Argentina throughout its violent history.

The narrator, a writer named Renzi, begins to look for an uncle who has vanished, a man he knows only through a web of contradictory family stories and an exchange of letters. Finally, and made most vividly appreciable by the retelling of a story in which Kafka meets Hitler, it is the encounter between literature and history that is explored. Paperback Cloth. Availability: Not in Stock.

Open Access. Request a desk or exam copy. Table of Contents Back to Top. Rights Back to Top. Awards Back to Top. Additional Information Back to Top. Publicity material Bk Cover Image Full. Also Viewed. M Archive. Every Day I Write the Book. Influx and Efflux. Sex Scandal. Touching Feeling. Writing Anthropology. Bodyminds Reimagined.


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Published in Argentina in when that country still labored under authoritarian rule, Piglia's ambitious, multivalent novel explores the abrasive relationship between the human imagination and human history. Sometimes a detective novel, sometimes a fictional probe of Argentine history, the book is plastic enough to concoct a confrontation between Kafka and Hitler. A touching family drama that effectively explores the negative impact of stress on fragile relationships. A middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing father, confronting many painful secrets from her past. Gone is the rebellious young person she remembers, and in his place stands a compassionate, accomplished adult. As Jack and Mallory chase down answers, Mallory also tries to repair her rocky relationships with her two sisters and determine why her father has always been so hard on her. Even so, Delinsky sometimes manages to pick up the pace, and in those moments the beauty and nuance of this complicated family tale shine through.


Deciphering the “Secret Message of History”: Ricardo Piglia’s “Artificial Respiration”

More about this series. Author: Ricardo Piglia. Translator: Daniel Balderston. Now it can finally be read, enjoyed, and celebrated by readers in this country.

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