Book: The Nobel Prize by Mois Benarrochcategories: Book, Aliens Writers, Jerusalem Literature, Jerusalem Novel, Roberto Bolano, Nobel Prize, Morocco Literature, Spanish Translation, Cesar Aira, Spain Novelist, Kurt Vonnegut, Humour Novella
Mois Benarrochabout this book: A strange group of Hispanic writers living in a forign city and in a different laguages. Writers and aliens. Literature and science fiction.
This novella is rooted in the Spanish, mostly South American writers that reached the city of Jerusalem during the 1970's and 1980's, many of them either returned to their countries or moved on to Spain. Some of them stayed in Israel and live a marginal literary life, publishing abroad and unknown to their own neighbors. And still these groups, like any literary group, created envy and rivals and stories that never end.
In the novella, the incredible happens, and one of them who published under an infinite number of pen names is discovered by the academic world and other writers, he has withdrawn into his own literary life and starts each day as a different character in one of his books. He is completely crazy and hospitalized in a psychiatric institution.
At the height of his comeback he is awarded the Nobel prize. But who is the winner of the prize? The writer or one of his characters?
Written in 2010, it has a lot to do with my readings of Roberto Bolano and other South American writers at the time, and as in many of my books there is some Kurt Vonnegut in the background. It has been a surprising seller on Kindle in 2015.
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