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It felt the whole city sat under a blanket of perpetual black skies, two of the three main characters suffered with great inner turmoil and suicidal madness, most of the novel takes place in the late evenings or the dead of night, there are dark rooms, hallways, and tunnels existing in an almost Kafkaesque like subterranean world, and to top it all off the Blind are obsessed over. There is doomed love, a crazed family, terrorism, political unrest and eventually murder.
But a letter covered in tears, sickness and blood. Even poor old Jorge Luis Borges gets a cameo appearance, wondering down the street on a stick. She takes him to the house of her family one night, where things turn eerie and creepy for the reader, building a slow sense of dread.
There is a crazy uncle who plays a musical instrument, and an elderly woman who has been living upstairs for decades without ever leaving the room, with only a mummified head for company. Whereas she is needy, demanding and cruel towards him. The moment he mentions this name the relationship is heading in the direction of emotional disaster and psychological carnage, thus leading to an act of madness.
Fueled by paranoia and intrigue he ends up in an old apartment building after seeing two individuals leave thinking they are part of the sect. He enters The next pages were filled with what can only be described as an hallucinogenic, claustrophobic, nerve shredding, heart-stopping fear. Everything I have mentioned above only happens on the surface, the novel goes deeper than that, making it exceptional to read.
It could be seen simply as a chilling love story, or tale of madness. The novel expands on landowning baronies and industrial development, civil war, and social and economical problems. There are moments included that many non-Argentinians may fail to fully understand.
Other sub-plots do exist, but they are only important if you choose them to be, they can stay in the background if one pleases. There is a certain type of fictional narrative whereby the writer endeavors to free himself of an obsession that is not clear, even to himself. This appears to be the only sort Sabato could write.
The novel was like entering a dark labyrinth of insanity, going on a guided tour, before being thrown back into our world. A stunningly powerful and haunting piece of work.
O junacima i grobovima
O junacima i grobovima