Una novela que me hace pensar que la vida es una enfermedad necia, insidiosa , resistente; . In The Sickness Alberto Barrera Tyszka (“the Venezuelan Ian. La Enfermedad: Alberto Barrera Tyszka: Books – La enfermedad. Alberto Barrera Tyszka From diverse stories, moving, tender, funny and tragic, Alberto Barrera Tyszka proposes us a version of existence that.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the barrrera. Return to Book Page. The Sickness by Alberto Barrera Tyszka. Margaret Jull Costa Translator. Miranda is faced with a tragedy: He is also faced with a dilemma: How does one tell his father he is dying? Ernesto Duran, a patient of Dr.

Ever since he separated from his wife he has been presenting symptoms of an illness he believes is killing him. It becomes an obsession far exceeding hypochondria. Paperbackpages. Published March enferkedad by Tin House Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Sicknessplease tsyzka up. Lists with This Book. But mostly it is about sickness. Dr Miranda is a believer in telling the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth.

He has always advocated a no-nonsense approach towards the patients and has never had any difficulties — until now, when the patient is his father and he has to tell him he only has a few weeks to live.

It soon metamorphoses itself from an innocent pastime into a dangerous sickness as well.

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While Dr Miranda is trying tsyzka find the right words to say to his father, his patient and his secretary are slowly going mad. You might argue that pages is not quite enough to tackle such a difficult subject as life, sickness and death. And he wants you to know it, so the book is peppered barera clumsy interjections such as: Suspense has been sacrificed to sadness and the melancholy of things calmly burning out.

It should be a compulsory read on the subject which is becoming more and more intimidating and difficult to deal with within our society. View all 4 comments. Barrera Tyszka tiene una forma de escribir absolutamente particular. Escribe, en cierta forma, dibujando, evocando. Y cuando ese forma de escribir se junta con un tema tan fatal e ineludible como barrerra enfermedad y la muerte, el resultado es un texto destructor a la misma vez que hermoso.

Es un libro terminal, una lectura que deja un sabor amargo de fragilidad en la boca. El asunto de nuestra mortalidad siempre me ha fascinado Barrera Tyszka tiene una forma de escribir absolutamente particular.

El asunto de nuestra ebfermedad siempre me ha fascinado, barrrera las razones obvias. Folding down corners is my method for marking significant to me passages, but it clearly wasn’t working with this fiction novel because I was marking every page. I’d never read this Venezuelan author before, but I hope to find more of his work translated into English.


Delicate prose, deep moral questions, and a stunning pace are what kept tjszka ho Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa “Tears are very unliterary: Delicate prose, deep moral questions, and a stunning pace are what kept me hooked into reading this in one sitting.

The story itself is rather simple: Their close relationship is strained as the son weighs the consequences of telling his father the details of his illness. In the meantime, another man, virtually unknown to the doctor, begins stalking him, enfermeedad that he holds the cure for the the list of complaints he suffers from. There’s a push and pull to the narrative, as the poignant moments between father and son,nuanced with shared memories of grief, intertwine with the creepy certainty of the stalker.

Because of the health issues that permeate the novel, questions about the nature of enefrmedad and wellness are explored, but in a brief, compelling way. The author cites quotes of famous authors, ethicists and physicians, barrrea he’s not showing off, they are actually appropriate observations of how the human body deals with illness.

These asides never go too long or feel like a lecture, they fit the material in the most uncanny way. For example, Tyszka quotes Julio Ramon Ribeyro, who provides possibly the best explanation for the euphoria that exists lx an episode of physical pain: Its presence immediately neutralizes all other desires apart from the desire for the pain alherto go away.

This life that we reject because it seems to us boring, alberfo, mediocre or absurd suddenly seems priceless: On trying to read the face of a doctor while awaiting possibly bad news: What do you dream about when you’re sixty-nine? Perhaps this is what his father bxrrera about: You feel empathy and disgust in altering passages, and the underlying fear is riveting.

I did find the ending a bit confusing I still am not sure I’ve understood all the implications laid out. One scene confounds me: It takes place on a ferry, where an obnoxious businessman makes a production of his ‘importance’ and maltreats his seemingly intelligent and kind wife, all the way to the point of beating her to the ground. I’m not sure what the symbolism is, although I know it’s present in that scene.

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Is Tyszka trying to say that people are subject to humiliation, by oppression or illness, no matter how virtuous they are? In full, this is easily going to be in my list of favorites for the year. While the subject revolves around illness, it never quite defines which ‘illness’ is being addressed: The questions are posed, and only each individual reader can answer.

Oct 12, Zainab Ali rated it liked it Shelves: Through these characters, the novel explores people’s different ways of dealing with sickness; how sickness affects patients and those who surround them. The novel is really good in most parts, but some parts just felt awkward or unnecessary, like the literary references, and most of the doctors inner thoughts about medicine, I don’t know, they just didn’t feel right.

Ama hayat her zaman iki saat oturup kitap okumaya izin vermiyor. Venezuela, land 61 op mijn leesreis om de wereld Het thema van eerlijkheid en pijn komt goed over. La novela se divide en dos: La enfermedad congela todo: Me gusta la prosa de Barrera Tyszka, va acompasada con la historia. A pesar de que me recuerda un poco a la escritura de Hotel de Payares, pienso que es una novela bien estructura aunque con fuerza mediana en su discurso. Apr 21, Isabelle rated it really liked it.


Ever since I finished reading this novel, I have been thinking about how I might speak about it. What is it about?

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What point does it make? How did I experience it? Each time I do so, I answer those questions differently, which is, in and of itself, very fascinating to me. So, starting with the obvious, it is a novel about sickness, real and fatal or perceived and just as crippling. It is also a novel about obsession, that of others for us, and that of ourselves turned inwardly.

It is about grief, a Ever since I finished reading this novel, I have been thinking about how I might speak about it. It is enfermecad grief, always real, about closure, needed and dreaded, about loneliness, inevitable. But it is also a story about compassion and love as one experiences them when nothing else is left.

Throughout the book, each character experiences a disintegration of what they held dear, of what made their life and a fraying of the cloak of dignity that they had come to mistake for bwrrera identity. When all of that crumbles, all that is left is their resplendent humanity. And for all of us who have lost a parent or escorted a loved one through the end of life, this is not a novel Oct tyszkw, Ugh rated it liked encermedad.

I didn’t like the omniscient narration. I didn’t like the use of the present tense.

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I didn’t like the frequent quoting of other writer’s material by the omniscient narrator, in what seemed to be a plucking of bricks from the fourth wall. I also didn’t find the book that inspired or inspiring.

However, this latter may be because I read about health and healthcare 5-days a week, and I recognize that others may well find the book both of ennfermedad things. Plus, I did like it more as it progressed, and I didn’t like the omniscient narration. Plus, I did like it more as it progressed, and I did find it quite a compulsive read, and middlingly poignant. I think I’d have been more impressed with it if I’d read less of what I’ve read at work over the past year.

Having said that, my annoyances would remain.

Lei este libro del escritor Venezolano Alberto Barrera T ya hace tiempo pero lo recuerdo con agrado y recomiendo leerlo y sobretodo a los que en un momento determinado de su vida puedan pasar por esta triste realidad. An interesting Venezuelan novel focusing on two very different patients of one doctor. On the one hand, there’s his father, who is dying of lung cancer, a diagnosis the doctor doesn’t have the courage to reveal.