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Historia secreta de CostaguanaThe famous writer Joseph Conrad struggles to Chasing After Infinity provide for his young family in early 20th century London and islagued with self doubt about his ability to become a successful writer The novel he is working on is set in South America where he briefly captained a ship along the Colombian coast but he finds himself unable to recall details about the country or its Morir por un iPhone - Apple, Foxconn y las luchas de los trabajadores en China people as he spent very little time there He seeks the assistance of a well connected Colombian migr whouts Conrad in touch with Jos Altamirano who has recently arrived in the capital Altamirano shares the troubled and tragic story of his life and country with Conrad hoping that the great novelist will tell the world what he has experiencedThe following year the first segment of Conrad s novel Nostromo is ublished in a weekly literary magazine which is set the fictionalized country of Costaguana Altamirano is as the story is not about him at all and confronts Conrad You ve eliminated me from my own life You Joseph Conrad have robbed me The Colombian then decides that only he can tell his story which serves as a retort to Conrad s life and workV suez uses the life of Altamirano and his father who was intimately involved in the initial disastrous attempt to build the Panama Canal to create a fictionalized history of ost independence Colombia and Panama one filled with opportunistic but deeply flawed characters whose lans brought misery and death upon thousands of its citizens and continue to haunt the country to the resent dayThe Secret History of Costaguana was an instructional and interesting novel However I found it to be a somewhat difficult read as it was filled with far too many Cast On, Bets Off peripheral characters and too much inconseuential detail which diluted theower of Altamirano s narrative I would recommend this for anyone interested in the history of 19th century Colombia and Panama and for anyone who has read Nostromo which I will do later this year It took me three attempts to read this book in full but I m so glad I did It s definitely very rewarding A knowledge of Joseph Conrad and of Panama Colombia history would be useful though it was kind of fun to read this and have no idea what was true and what wasn t I definitely want to know if the anal abcess story is true Part of what made this book a bit hard for me was all the names but at a certain Private Elisha Stockwell, Jr., Sees The Civil War point I was just like well I m just going to keep reading and not be too fussed if I don t know who everyone is and that really worked for me The big thing I admired about this book is the angle it took towards writing historical fiction A big theme is the story of individuals versus that of Big Historical Events and what gets forgotten as opposed to remembered I also really loved the seemingly digressive sections like the one that focused on a single gun and who used it All in all major respect for this book Another fine addition to the author s canon There is much food for thought in here If you want to understand the history of Colombia and the birth of Panama this book iserhaps not the Past Lives, Future Lives place to start The multitude of generals and numerous wars can be confusing The speed with which names and events are thrown at you is daunting Previous knowledge helps Check out David McCullough s The Path Between the Seas The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 1914 which covers both how the Panama Canal came into existences and the split between Panama and Colombia It doesn t cover Colombia s fight for independence from Spain as V suez s does and it stops in 1914 when the canal was completed V suez s continues only to 1904 I have not read McCullough s book myself but have discussed it with my husband who read it it being aaper book I could no longer read Another book that begins with a section about travel across the isthmus before the canal was built is Fanny Stevenson A Romance of Destiny This was very good The railroad monopoly and the diseases are all there Each book you read imparts a little and makes it easier to continue You have to start somewhere so if you don t demand complete understanding OK give this a try There is always Wiki The facts in Vasuez s book are reliableThen there is the fictional aspect of the book which is Easily Separated From The Historical separated from the historical Supposedly Joseph Conrad got his story for Nostromo from the central character Jos in Vasuez s book This is not true The facts about Joseph Conrad are historically accurate So you do indeed get a lot of interesting historical details both Colombian history and a bit of Joseph Conrad s life However the story feels sidetracked when it covers Conrad s travel in the Congo Also some of Jos decisions just didn t make sense to me view spoiler He tells us why he leaves his daughter behind in Panama but this just didn t make sense to me More importantly it seems terribly naive of Jos to tell his whole life story to an authorand then get. London 1903 Joseph Conrad is struggling with his new novel #39;I am lacing it in South America in a Republic I call Costaguana#39; Progress is slow and the great writer needs help from a native of the Caribbean coast of South America Jos#233; Altamirano Colombian at birth just arrived in London answers the great writer#39;s advertisement and tells him his life story Jos#233; has been witness to the most horrible things that a erson or a country could suffer and dra. Mad when he uses it in his own way HIDE SPOILER A COMPELLING NOVEL ABOUT THE TORTURED HISTORY spoiler A compelling novel about the tortured history Colombia but also about the slipperiness of historical accounts and indeed of fictional re imaginings of real episodes The central character Jos Altamirano tells us his story as a bit art Arcana Mundi player an observer and unwillingarticipant in the dramatic events of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Colombia The country s bitter experience was one of seemingly endless cycles of civil war and violence The attention is focused on the French attempt to build a canal to link the Pacific and Atlantic through the then Colombian rovince of Panama and the subseuent US support for the sece This is the second novel in a row that I ve read from Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vasuez The author did a great job in writing 3 different and related stories simulaneously In 1924 the narrator and leading character writes his story his side of his stories and History The author through the narrator wrote about1 the fictive biographies of the narrator and his father 2 Colombia s History during the 19th century and the birth of Panama as an independant country early 20th century 3 and an imagined andor real biography of real PolishBritish sailor and author Joseph Conrad who wrote Growing up during France s disastrous attempt to construct a canal across Panama Jos Altamirano s young life is shaped by the business olitics disease and warfare associated with the roject Years later however his life becomes a uest to reclaim the life he feels he lost after telling his story to Joseph Conrad who incorporates Altamirano s experiences into his novel Nostromo set in the fictional South American country of Costaguana I disappeared from history by magic Altamirano writes Altamirano s first erson narration is steeped in cynicism about historical truth His Mirror Matter parents tell different stories about his conception his mother celebrates his birthday on three different days and his father writesropaganda about the rogress of the canal In addition Altamirano watches battling olitical factions in his country spin ideas and events to their version of the truth Even Joseph Conrad has spun the truth of his early years to cover up a suicide attempt and now as a writer makes a Six Days profitablerofession out of lying Altamirano learns that the truth is simply what one erson writes and others accept It is not magic but the writing of an alternative version of events that has made him disappear and so The Secret History of Costaguana is Altamirano s attempt to write himself back into history This novel is an intellectual treat that asks the reader to consider the ethics of writing civil revolution and the building of the Panama Canal This novel is kind of a three fer three stories wrapped around one Mostly it s a historical novel about Panama at the time when the Isthmus was still art of the nation of Colombia The story is built around the failed attempt by the French to construct a canal in the late 1800 s before the US engineered a coup to split Panama off from Colombia and take over the canal roject Although the French effort was led by a brilliant engineer de Lesseps who built the Suez Canal the roject was essentially sabotaged by graft and corruption Any great event like this in those days necessarily cost thousands of lives and our main character initially becomes aware of the Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work project while in medical school arranging for Chinese workers who died on theroject to be shipped to Bogota medical schools to be used as cadavers He migrates to the Panama Mother India province to meet up with his father who turns out to be a journalist who sold out to the graft and corruption crowd The father is obsessed with the canal and he isaid to write fictitious articles about smooth The Late Romances progress on its construction Meanwhile our main character meets a French woman and has a daughter but experiencesersonal tragedy as collateral damage in the endless Passion for Christ, Passion for Humanity political warsWhich leads me to the second theme of the book the continuous essentially institutionalized violence in Colombia that has led to continuous civils wars Many nations have had A Civil War with a tremendous death toll that reshapes their history but they move on the US and Spain come to mind But I looked up on Wiki and Colombia has had the same civil war over and over again Liberals vs Conservatives often with a uarter million dead with the utmost brutality and gruesome killings of women and children on each side 1839 1841 1860 1862 1876 1899 1902 the time of this novel 1948 1958 and 1946resent against the FARC guerrillas which may or may not be coming to an end And we re not counting The War of Independence from Spain 1811 1823 two wars against Peru and one against Ecuador in the meantimes Lastly the novel is a kind of homage to Joseph Conrad Conrad fans will recognize in the title of the book Costaguana great name. Gs with him not just a guilty conscience but a story that has almost destroyed himbrbrbrbrbrbrBut when iNostromoi is ublished the following year Jos#233; is outraged by what he reads #39;You#39;ve eliminated me from my own life You Joseph Conrad have robbed me#39; I waved the iWeeklyi in the air again and then threw it down on his desk #39;Here#39; I whispered my back to the thief #39;I do not exist#39;brbrbrbrbrbriThe Secret History of Costaguanai the second novel. ,


By the way the fictitious Latin American country of Conrad s novel Nostromo Vasuez has written a biography of Conrad so he knows Conrad s life inside and out So the third theme is that during his seaman days Conrad s ships stopped in Panama several times and our fictitious main character told him his story which Conrad then incorporated into Nostromo Vasuez structures the book to make constant references to what Conrad was doing and where he was concurrently with what our main character was doing but really all that is Hatred in the belly peripheral to the main story of the book Other famouseople who actually visited Panama at the time of the novel have walk ons such as Sarah Bernhardt and Paul Gauguin All in all excellent writing translated from the Spanish and a good read This review first appeared on my blog this rather convoluted tale the the Spanish and a good read This review first appeared on my blog this
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convoluted tale Jose Altamarano the illegitimate son of a married cynic and an idealistic Renaissance man Always Be Ready poor anonymous exiled and Colombian tells the reader how his story was hijacked by the Great Novelist caps from the novel Joseph Conrad and twisted into NostromoThrough various anecdotes scraps of history andersonal recollections we read about an uncon I admit I have never read Joseph Conrad s Nostromo but after reading this book it is definitely going on my to be read listJuan Gabriel Vasuez a Colombian writer has taken the germ of an idea from Conrad his mythical country of Costaguana and recast it as ColombiaPanama He creates a character Jose Altamirano to narrate his convoluted and non linear tale of nineteenth and early twentieth century Colombia and Panama a time when the French attempted to construct a canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific but were defeated by Nature in the form of disease insects unbearable heat and earthuakes Finally in the early twentieth century Panama declared its independence from Colombia with the encouragement and assistance of the United States and struck a deal with President Theodore Roosevelt s government to try again to build the canal and the rest as they say is historyAltamirano s story begins in the mid nineteenth century with his father Miguel Altamirano a journalist who was an idealist activist and booster of his home country Most of all he believed in the idea of the canal and did everything to support it including turning a blind eye and ear to all minor roblems that cropped up eg Yellow Fever which killed thousands But at that time our narrator did not know his father He was being raised by his mother in Bogota He had been conceived in a brief encounter between his mother a married woman and his father and had never known the name of his father until he was a teenagerWhen he finally learned who his father was he went looking for him and finding him stayed with him in Panama throughout the rest of his father s life VasuezAltamirano switches back and forth in time in the telling of his tale but the climactic moment comes when he goes to London after Panamanian independence has been declared leaving his teenaged daughter Eloisa behind and there meets Joseph Conrad who is having trouble with the novel that he is working on Altamirano is ersuaded to tell his Gender Inequality in Our Changing World personal life story and the story of Colombia while Conrad takes notes and that story becomes the basis of Nostromo When the book isublished and Altamirano sees it he feels cheated because the story is not his He goes to confront Conrad who oints out to him that Nostromo is fictionThis is a delicious novel both humorous and sad ironic and tragic and very well written and well translated by Anne McLean Moreover it is a novel with a lot of actual history woven into it enough to entice any history buff I had three uibbles with story First as a teenager Altamirano leaves his mother to go looking for his father We never hear anything about his mother again What happened to her Second he kisses his teenaged daughter goodbye while she sleeps and heads off to London with hardly a backward glance What happened to her Third we never get to know the source of the narrator s income From whence came the money that kept him and his family fed clothed and housed all those years Ah well did I mention that the story is told in a non linear fashion Mr Vasuez is a very interesting writer and I look forward to reading of his work What an amazing tale This is one of the best books I have read in the last decade evoking Cien Anos de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Maruez in both ower and scope This is the story of the founding of Panama as told through the eyes of Jose Altamirano the son of a leading journalist who was forced to flee Columbia for Media, Home and Family political reasons The conflict with Columbia coupled with theolitical machinations of the French and Americans and its famous Panama Canal during the turbulent years of the 1800 s are the background to this history Yet through all the olitical stories it is the human st. By Juan Gabriel V#225;suez to be ublished in English is Jos#233; Altamirano#39;s riposte to Joseph Conrad It is a big novel tragic and despairing comic and insightful by turns told by a bumptious narrator with a score to settle It is Latin America#39;s ost#45;modern answer to Europe#39;s modernist vision It is a superb joyful thoughtful and rumbustious novel that will establish Juan Gabriel V#225;suez#39;s reputation as one of the leading novelists of his generatio. ,


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