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In Her Absence

In Her Absence Part mystery part comedy of manners The Flaubert of Madame Bovary and the Henry James of The Turn of the Screw meet in the unresolved enigma of In Her Absence Le PointDuring working hours Mario is a

  • Title: In Her Absence
  • Author: Antonio Muñoz Molina
  • ISBN: 9781590512531
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • Part mystery, part comedy of manners The Flaubert of Madame Bovary and the Henry James of The Turn of the Screw meet in the unresolved enigma of In Her Absence Le PointDuring working hours, Mario is a dutiful bureaucrat, scrupulously earning his paycheck as an employee of the provincial Spanish town where he lives But when he walks through the door of his apart Part mystery, part comedy of manners The Flaubert of Madame Bovary and the Henry James of The Turn of the Screw meet in the unresolved enigma of In Her Absence Le PointDuring working hours, Mario is a dutiful bureaucrat, scrupulously earning his paycheck as an employee of the provincial Spanish town where he lives But when he walks through the door of his apartment, he is transformed into the impassioned lover of Blanca, the beautiful, inscrutable wife he saved from the brink of personal crisis For the love of Blanca, Mario eats sushi and carpaccio, nods in feigned understanding at experimental films, sits patiently through long conversations with her avant garde friends, and conceals his disgust at shocking art exhibits.Then, little by little, a strange and ominous threat begins to weigh on the marriage.How can love survive its own disappearance The desperate answer that Antonio Mu oz Molina proposes in this short, circular novella is a model of literary strategy and style, a splendid homage to Flaubert.

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    1. Mario López vive con una mujer que no es Blanca pero que se parece mucho a cómo era Blanca. Actúa de forma muy similar a Blanca, pero no es Blanca. Tras este planteamiento inicial, asistimos a la vida de esta pareja, a los orígenes de sus vidas en común y a cómo todo llega a ser como nunca debió haber sido pero se veía venir.Esta breve novela de Muñoz Molina traza con acierto las inquietudes de su protagonista y de su tan distinta pareja. De hecho, las descripciones están tan logradas [...]

    2. Este es el propio libro para escoger en un club de lectura y debatir hasta el cansancio cuál puede ser el final: Blanca no es Blanca porque hizo lo que yo pienso que hizo (y no lo escribo por respeto a quien no lo ha leído aun). Desde la visión de Mario, Blanca no es Blanca porque es un inseguro y cobarde y se inventa sus propias historias?. ¿Acaso es Mario el que ha cambiado?, ya no es el mismo tonto de antes y, ahora (un ser más curtido), ve las cosas desde otra óptica y se da cuenta que [...]

    3. With a husband who’s an average workaday bureaucrat, married to a beautiful wife longing to leave their provincial town for the excitement of life in the city, In Her Absence is at first reminiscent of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. In place of the farmer’s daughter, Emma, anxious to marry the doctor she presumes will take her away to a more exciting life, Molina’s Blanca was raised in a wealthy family, never lifting a finger to support herself. She married Mario not because of his important [...]

    4. Mario the bureaukrat pretends to like the avantgarde and high brow art because he is obsessed with his beautiful, sophisticated wife. And he will do anything to keep her. But one day she's left him, and is replaced by another Blanca. She looks the same, but is much more agreeable. The story is circular and a maze.

    5. Lo he terminado en un día y me ha gustado bastante ¡Qué descubrimiento el de este pequeño libro! Está muy bien narrado y a pesar de que la historia no sea de las de enganchar, no se puede parar de leer.Igualmente me ha encantado este pequeño descubrimiento.

    6. i pretty much exactly agree with what wendy said - i really don't know what was going on here, but really liked how well-drawn the characters were. i felt quite immersed in the main character's feelings and worries, and frequently annoyed with his all-too-familiar wife.

    7. I'll be curious to know if any deeper insights come out from discussing this at book group. I'm not sure I "get" what the book is about exactly, but I enjoyed it just the same.

    8. At a recent party, on of our guests declared that Antonio Munoz Molina will someday with the Nobel Prize for Literature. He has won numerous Spanish awards and is considered one of Spain’s greatest living writers. I hadn’t read a single book of his, and decided to fix this deficiency immediately. I drove to the library and found a translation of "In her Absence”. It was a short 126 pages and had an intriguing story-line about a troubled relationship between a woman of high society and a bu [...]

    9. Breve novela que explora la inseguridad de un hombre para mantener a su lado a la mujer que ama. Bien escrita; buen análisis psicológico de los personajes; en ocasiones resulta fácil verse reflejado en las sensaciones expresadas. Sin embargo, es sencilla en extremo. No hay otros temas ni apenas personajes secundarios. Da de sí lo que da, que no es mucho. Una lectura agradable sin más.

    10. My favorite passage, "Penury makes people fearful and conformist; it's the secure possession of money, Mario suspected, that awakens and nourishes audacity. He enjoyed reading works of contemporary history and had noticed that most if not all revolutionary leaders were not of working-class origin."

    11. La ausencia de Blanca es una novela corta que aborda los enigmas del amor. Tiene una dimensión de misterio y de extrañeza que atrapa y casi perturba al lector. Una trama emocional que empieza donde termina, que desconcierta que no tiene estructura porque así es casi siempre el amor. Las experiencias de los personajes se entrelazan, no hay certezas, no todo es blanco o negro, porque así somos, así sentimos. Mario López es un funcionario público que lleva una vida rutinaria y apacible y est [...]

    12. I dislike books, that when I come to the end, I have no real idea why the author wrote it. Mario is married to Blanca, who looks like Blanca but isn't really her. I was a little confused at first, thinking Mario was in a rebound relationship with a woman who looked very much like his ex-wife. As book progresses I discovered that the woman in the story is really Blanca, but is growing away from her husband and he is struggling to figure it all out. Most of the book is spent in the past, detailing [...]

    13. Antonio Muñoz Molina publicó en 1999 Carlota Fainberg, un libro que él mismo describe en su página web como “una reivindicación del acto de contar, y del formato admirable de la novela corta”. En el prólogo, además, escribe: “Lector inveterado de novelas cortas, yo he disfrutado tanto inventando y escribiendo esta Carlota Fainberg que me ha dado algo de pena que se acabara tan pronto”. En ausencia de Blanca, publicada dos años después, podría ser la respuesta a esa pena que le [...]

    14. יום אחד חוזר מריו לביתו ובמקום אישתו האהובה והנערצת בלנקה, הוא מוצא שם את כפילתה. באובססיביות ראויה לשמה בולש מריו אחרי הכפילה, תוך שהוא מנסה להבין לאן נעלמה בלנקה ומי זו שתפסה את מקומה. במקביל, משחזר מריו לקורא ולעצמו את קורות פגישתו עם בלנקה וחייהם המשותפים. מריו, אדם פשוט שא [...]

    15. This was an odd book. Personally I understand the mismatch between the woman, Blanca, caught up in the art world living with the civil clerk, Mario who gets annoyed with the pretentious art scene crowd. I felt Munoz Molina mailed it here. Yet the woman almost became too extreme and and the same time, the guy seemed so mismatched that when he meets his old girlfriend in the bank and wonders "what if she was the right one?" I felt it was time for him to abandon near crazy Blanca. I guess this is t [...]

    16. Tengo que confesar que me he leído esta novela con mucho gusto Quizás porque me la esperaba ilegible (ya he mordido hueso con otros libros de AMM) me ha encantado este retrato del funcionario gris de provincias devoto a su mujer marisabidilla de la cultureta local. Las puyas que mete con los "triunfos" de ciertos artistas pudiendo exponer en la obra social de la Caja de Jaén y similares son muy sabrosas para quien ha conocido de cerca ese ambiente El final flojo, pero podía haber sido peor.

    17. No tenía grandes expectativas puestas en la novela (dada su corta extensión y que últimamente la novela contemporánea me resulta algo aburrida), sin embargo, me ha sorprendido cómo en tan pocas páginas el autor es capaz de describir con tanta profundidad la personalidad y los sentimientos de los protagonistas (especialmente de Mario).El final es, quizá, demasiado abierto para el gusto de algunos. A mí me gusta pensar que Mario evolucionó, abrió los ojos y que Blanca, a su vez, bajó a [...]

    18. I was on the verge of giving this book a 3 but the truth is that I did enjoy this and ultimately thinks it deserves the extra star for the quality of the writing. The story and the characters themselves don't intrigue me as much as the beautiful, lucid style of prose. It feels very soft, dreamlike, and wistful. Blanca was my favorite in this. She had this mysterious air to her, and I absolutely love her name.is whole book was so esoteric yet elegant. Great read for what I might say are somewhat [...]

    19. A pesar de no ser uno de mis géneros favoritos, me ha gustado. A pesar de tener sus años nos habla de lo que pasa muchas veces en las relaciones amorosas, celos, desconfianza, maquinaciones, y como también suele pasar, cuando uno de los dos arriesga más, pone más de su parte, y sacrifica mucho más que la otra persona con tal de que todo funcione, aunque la otra persona no lo valore y pase de puntillas. Un libro muy fácil de leer y que se puede perfectamente leer del tirón.

    20. Mario is a simple man but also a true romantic who has managed the unusual feat of remaining dreamily infatuated with his wife, Blanca, after half a decade of marriage. Blanca, though, is a tragic figure at heart, a self-destructive beauty incapable of ever settling for anything so final as True Love. When everything comes to a head, we as readers are faced with an uncomfortable question: How much of any love is mere illusion?

    21. Plodding, ordinary Mario is hopelessly in love with the beautiful and mercurial Blanca, who happens to be his wife. Sounds like the scenario for a comic opera by Mozart, but Munoz Molina has spun quite a modern love story, a questioning and one-sided love story, or perhaps one side of a love story.

    22. Es el primer contacto que tengo con el autor y me ha gustado mucho más de lo que esperaba. Es un libro corto y dulce. Por encima de todo están las descripciones de Blanca, tan originales y detalladas que puedo ver, puedo oler y puedo tocar todo lo que describe. Un autor con el que debo repetir sin duda.

    23. A short but intense novella that turns a keen eye on the emotional crisis that ensues when obsessive, unhealthy love for the wrong woman is inconceivably reciprocated. Molina's intimacy with his narrator is exemplary and the translation is exceptional, with a fine ear for the massive inside the everday.

    24. A rather sad story of two very different people struggling in marriage. Some good observations, and I liked the circular narrative. Overall, it was such a quick glimpse into these characters' lives at such a depressing time that I'm not sure it was worth it.

    25. This is the second book I've read by Molina, who doesn't seem to be translated from the Spanish. A story about a marriage that is floundering and then changes; but what really changes is not certain. Thoughtful.

    26. How can love survive it's own disappearance?This is the question Mario asks himself, as he stumbles through his marriage to a beautiful and unstable wife, Blanca.Well written but the subject matter was depressing.

    27. I am not sure I truly understood this short novella but I could not put it down. The images it conveyed are bright in my mindI have been to cities/areas referenced within these few pages. A stunning work (for me) that will stay with me for a long time.

    28. At first I disliked Mario and decided not to read the book. But I continued and decided that Molina's prose is quite good. Just finished it and don't understand the ending. Seriously hope to discuss this book on Tuesday.

    29. Love love love, obsessive love; a rich dilettante and patron/lover to the pretentious avant garde art world marries a civil service worker from working class origins; arcane story with many interpretations; beautifully written with an excellent translation

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