Reading Horacio Castellanos Moya’s scathing Thomas Bernhard tribute/parody Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador, a book-length diatribe against El. El Salvador, incensed by the recent publication of the novella El asco ( Disgust), a text which heaps scorn on almost every aspect of the Salvadoran state. Abstract: Salvadoran writer Horacio Castellanos Moya offers a provocative example of postwar cynicism in his novel El asco: Thomas Bernhard en San.

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With the relish of the resentful getting even, I had fun writing this novel, in which I wanted to demolish the culture and politics of San Salvador, same as Bernhard had done with Salzburg, with the pleasure of diatribe and asdo. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Read an excerpt of the translation here.

Fouling One’s Own Nest: On Translating Horacio Castellanos Moya

The voice must be our own. Not only did Vega hate the people, he hated the geography and the weather.

Obviously, this rant did or I would not be writing about it. In this short novel published in Spanish ina one-paragraph rant delivered Thomas Bernhard—style that earned the author death threats, a sensitive fellow drinks two whiskeys and some mineral water as he talks caatellanos the author, Moya, at a bar in San Salvador from five to seven in the evening.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. But then perhaps the author thinks us all as stupid as his creation. Outside a filthy bar called Prosperity, a toothless dwarf named Coco performs oral sex on Don Jacinto. We went downtown, to the buildings destroyed by the earthquake, the sidewalks packed with the street vendors selling piles of used clothing from the United States, the sound of hundreds of stereos playing at the same time, and the crazed crowds of people pouring out onto the streets.


Moreover, it’s a one-joke book, and the joke is given away in the “disclaimer” that precedes the text, the joke, such as it is, being an exiled El Salvadoran writer with Canadian citizenship taking the name of Bernhard, who took upon himself the task of excoriating his non-native Austria despite being a citizen of that religion- and fascism-tormented realm.

It’s not hard to believe that the author received death threats following the book’s publication. Right away, they want to tell castellaanos everything, all at once: He lives in South Philadelphia.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Hard to pick an extract mainly because each topic gets a thorough thrashing but his opening goracio on public transport will give you a flavour: After, he gets up and takes a shower, heads over to a bar to meet a girl, and forgets about the whole thing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And it may also be just the perfect mash up.

El asco: Thomas Bernhard en San Salvador

Aug 13, M. The book is also a work of homage to Thomas Bernhard, a pastiche. Early on I was a bit distracted by the obvious attempt at a Bernhardian rant, but I continued on with my reading in the spirit of some of my own vitriol and those of others I have known who have let it all out and used me as their sounding board.

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Eduardo Sosa, an unemployed sociologist who lives across the street, tries to befriend him. They brawl; Jacinto kills the dwarf with a broken bottle. Revulsion is actually structured in this way, and this on its own is enough to fill me with delight.

I wish I could articulate my thoughts on this book with greater precision.

Write a customer review. He wrote sympathetically about the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, a political party that formed following the Salvadoran peasant massacre.

The Millions: El Asco by Horacio Castellanos Moya

Laura is shocked, incredulous, and suspicious — and never shuts up about it. These people for the most part do not read and are not interested in anything but the made-for-TV film version to make its way on to their cable network.

I read this during the course of a day when, well, yep.

Castellannos serve the wealthy; both are in bed with the drug cartels, and the cartels use the drug enforcements squads meant to pursue them for protection. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The car is home to a ragged, bearded drunk who roams the neighborhood scavenging for trash. Just try and name a book by Alan Sillitoe aftera man whose last book of fiction was published in