Monday, 14 November 2016

Washing Dishes in Hotel Paradise by Eduardo Belgrano Rawson (2/5)

First published: 2006
Original title: El mundo se derrumba y nostros nos enamoramos
Original language: Spanish
Translation to English by: Rosie Marteau, 2010

Page count: 97
The back says: A sailor makes his way along the Uruguayan coast of the Río de la Plata. Reaching the radio station Pacheco, a stopping point for all mariners wishing to contact the mainland, he places a call to his wife. When a male voice answers, and the line falls dead immediately afterwards, the seaman begins to wonder whether it is the technology or his wife’s fidelity that he must doubt.

Fusing wit, tenderness, disillusionment, and passion, the vignettes in this volume are united by Belgrano’s idiosyncratic and award-winning narrative style. Engaging with Argentinian popular culture and history, the author presents a cast of characters variously engaged in rehabilitation, subterfuge, affairs of the heart, and even, unwittingly, cinematography.

I say: I didn’t like this.

Not much at all.

There was something about the prose, the short sentences that almost felt like they were stacked together, that made reading uneasy; 

there was no flow. 

And I didn’t particularly like any of the stories either. It was a disconnected read that I can barely even remember now. 

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