Senselessness, Horacio Castellanos Moya (Katherine Silver, trans.) New Directions. pp, $ Senselessness is the first novel by Honduras-born Horacio. and links to other information about and reviews of Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya. Spanish title: Insensatez; Translated by Katherine Silver. on Senselessness, a novel by Horacio Castellanos Moya, tr. by Katherine Thus , Senselessness (Insensatez, originally published in ).

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Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya

An unnamed writer comes to an unnamed Central American country to copyedit the oral testimonies of Indians who had castellwnos atrocities committed by the military. Lists What are lists?

Horacio Castellanos Moya Published by: The reader plays the same role here as Toto, a friend and drinking buddy of the narrator, who with an infinite reserve of patience empathizes with his complaints in their favorite bar. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

The University of Queensland. In Senselessnesswhere everything happens almost at once, the horrific and the humorous, we hear how one man manages to maintain a precarious, imbalanced foothold in a inzensatez gone mad. None of your libraries hold this item. Feed on Posts Comments. Castellanos Moya knows that malevolence may inflict permanent damage — not only on the witnesses and survivors but on anyone who hopes to live within the affected society.

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Though the author never mentions the country at the center of this novel, the Cakchiquel CastllanosQuiche, and Mam indigenous people, all mentioned by name here, are from Guatemala. Then set up a personal list of libraries from your profile page by clicking on your user csstellanos at the top right of any screen. Her photograph and the amazing story of her efforts on behalf of indigenous people are here: But the real action is the strangely entertaining agitation of the narrator, by turns comical and corrosive.

Born in Honduras, Castellanos Moya grew up in El Salvador, left the country inand returned in just before the civil war ended.

One section of the report, detailing how the army intelligence services operate, is considered so explosive that this section will be added to the finished book the day it goes to press, when it is too late to stop it. Senselessness is narrated by an author who, like Castellanos Moya, has had to leave his native El Salvador because of something he wrote that upset a great many people — in the narrator’s case, an article claiming: In order to set up a list of libraries that you have access to, you must first login or sign up.

Login to add to list. The sinister novel is structured as a fictional diary that culminates in a horrific final act o For the writer, the uncertainty and fear continue — and in Senselessness, they lead to a bleak conclusion. A sex-obsessed lush of a writer is employed by the Catholic Church to edit and tidy up a 1, page report on the army’s massacre and torture of the indigenous villagers a decade earlier. And as the speaker becomes less and less in control, and more and more in fear of his life, his behavior becomes a kind of testimony of its own—the fear generated by a powerful elite which has yet to be punished.


Skip to content An unnamed writer comes to an unnamed Central American country to copyedit the oral testimonies of Indians who had witnessed atrocities committed by the military.

Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya. The former acts as an immutable environmental factor. His own increasing emotional involvement begins to take its toll, the raw sexuality and violence of the documents paralleling, on a smaller scale, the sexual encounters in his own private life and the potential for violence there. You also may like to try some of these bookshopswhich may or may not sell this item.

A comprehensive interview with Horacio Castellanos Moya appears on http: Found at these bookshops Knsensatez – please wait To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes.

He continues, regarding the fragment to quote, I must interrupt a long flow of words, more an outburst than a mere sentence:. Thomas Bernhard en San Salvador. Castellanos Moya manages a brilliant narrative strategy in Senselessness: Review by Scott Bryan Wilson Tags: This single location in New South Hotacio Be the first to add this to a list.

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