“A book is a slow, unavoidable catastrophe,” we read in a late entry to On Elegance While Sleeping, Viscount Lascano Tegui’s fictional diary. The book is. Emilio Lascano Tegui is the author of On Elegance While Sleeping ( avg rating, ratings, 30 reviews, published ). Lascano Tegui de is the author of Muchacho de San Telmo. ( avg rating, 1 rating, 0 reviews, published ) and El Libro Celeste ( avg rating.
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Sogno senza fine – Italia. Her translation delights, and renders a diary that is already pleasurably quirky utterly captivating.
Which means I not only take my hat off but give a low bow to Dalkey Archive, one of the best little publishers in the world, who have resurrected this gem from God knows which obscure literary oubliette. Beauty is lost, irrevocably.
Emilio Lascano Tegui – Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre
Lascano Tegui assigned himself his aristocratic title and took on an exaggerated persona, just as his fictional diarist as a child habitually changes his appearance: The mere fact that he was a self-anointed viscount is testament to his eccentricities, but of course his literary production, too, was markedly odd, and even inspiring, against the backdrop of mainstream Buenos Aires modernism.
And though it ambles back and forth between sexual anecdote and aesthetic, or existential, rumination, it hardly feels tegu. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.
Even knowing that this, too, will have been in vain. Hair is a recurring image in laacano novel, and serves as a mark of contingency and change. I acquired it in the most charming of ways.
On Elegance While Sleeping by Viscount Lascano Tegui
How lucky we are to have the chance to read this collection of brain-dandruff, marvelously translated by Idra Novey. From the self-penned epigraph “I write out of pure voluptuousness.
And he spends much of the latter part of his musings planning to write a book, hoping that art will be a way out of his own illness and unhappiness. After all, there are not that many Argentinian modernists whose names trip readily off the tongue for anyone in Europe besides perhaps Clive James, and Viscount Tegui was fairly obscure even in Argentina. A wonderful and wonderfully bizarre little work. Loading comments… Trouble loading?
Emilio Lascano Tegui
Such pronouncements endear the narrator to us and make him seem somewhat familiar. And if you have, then I take my hat off to you.
They don’t trust in the asphyxiating monotony of everyday life. Indeed, his narration of his life in diary form is extremely self-conscious, not just in the usual diary-appropriate soul-baring ways but etgui as a literary endeavor.
Even the fish, we are told, are tired by the time they get there. This holds true all the way up until the grand finale of the diary, the shock of which shatters all that glass that has separated the writer from the world.
The protagonist criticizes art for trying to disguise the tedium and mediocrity of life, for dressing it up in dynamic or sentimental clothes that obscure trite reality. Or does it lie ahead of us still? Its dark green waters drag in the grime from that happy city. Like adults bereft of the elegant obliviousness of youth, civilizations seem to be doomed to ungraceful aging, and infancy only presages death: Suffice it tegiu say, she who bestowed this gift upon me did so with the same ease and elegance as the doves of Aphrodite must alight upon the breasts of sleeping women Show 25 25 50 All.
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As a result, he was meticulous in all things. Poets in greenhouses, the narrator in a winter observatory—such is the work of writing, especially at tegyi end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. But what a treat it is. On Elegance While Sleeping is an odd work of fiction.