Winner of Mexico’s Premio Novela Mexico, Spain’s Romulo Gallegos Prize for best Spanish-language novel, and France’s Priz de Meilleur. James Polk reviews book Palinuro of Mexico by Fernando del Paso; drawing (M). A Case of Literary Infection: Palinuro de Mexico and Ulysses. ROBIN FIDDIAN. Palinuro de Mexico is Fernando del Paso’s second novel. Born in. Mexico City in .

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Your grandmother Altagracia was told by Robin Hood. And that is why Del Paso is a genius. The meaningless death of Palinuro, in the struggle for a dream that was not to ep, and deprecated by those around him, is a very gory and therefore appropiate image for the death of youth dreams. Just offstage is the Tlatelolco massacre. But, on her nose and cheeks, my cousin also had archipelagos of freckles which might have been caused by the impact of bubbles of champagne and which, maintained Uncle Esteban – because he adored them rl because he adored Estefania and drank her tears from a thimble of ivory – added sparkle to mmexico fizziognomy.

Apparently everyone I know has read this and already given it five stars.


Del Paso sings the body biologic. Five stars for Tristram Shandy’s apples. Trabajos de amor perdidos. Fernando del Paso nos riega de palabras, nos reboza y nos inunda de ellas, modificando significados, invirtiendo significantes, buscando movernos del sitio, alterarnos el mundo, mudarnos el pensamiento, siempre tan supeditado a la palabra.

The book was first published in Spain in and in Mexico inand first appeared in English under the English Quartet imprint. This book is for you! Littering the novel with references — literary, medical, political, philosophical, historical — del Paso is almost entirely successful with this paalinuro ambitious effort.


Let it into your bloodstream and when it hits your head, you will know. I read it two or three days after what I think is the greatest fuck-up of my life, and it shook me deeply. And also on her shoulders, those shoulders like blue dunes, caressed by scorching Levantine winds, and from which grew, like scattered vegetation dde desert sand, single golden hairs tasting of apricot.

Five stars for the house in Holiday Square and the world around it. View all 23 comments. It seems like there are only a handful of other works by him, but I basically wish I read Spanish so I could seek them out.

The other warning is that there is great attention to medical detail — readers who are annoyed by lots of technical language and or graphical detail might be put off by it. It also reads the way “Ulysses” might if that great experimental novel–the bible for all modern prose fiction writers, as far as I’m concerned–had lacked a plot.

And many thanks to the Loch Ness monster’s df for bringing a terrific book to my attention yet again. Published by Alfaguara first published A black hole of a book: It There are novels of the spirit, and there are novels of the body.

Palinuro of Mexico – Fernando del Paso

Five stars for Cousin Walter’s patchwork waistcoat. Feb 20, J. Lacking any sort of coherent structure and plot, the novel is largely a series of infinitely interesting sexual episodes between the narrator and his cousin in their infinitely interesting apartment interspersed with some lively pranking done by the narrator and his medical school buddies e.

So if you pick up this book intending to enjoy the outrageous and outlandish palaver of it all–the lists of diseases and the loquacious excursions into the household debates from Palinuro’s childhood; the chapter-long apotheosis of his cousin and lover Estefania; and the shocking anecdotes from medical school–then you will have a great good time. View all 6 comments. But for now, a needy Warholic is looking for my time.


That must be just me. I keep seeing Rabelais’s name in reference to some of the books I have been reading. This is the post-modern epic we know and love: It is, as the quote from La Croix on the back of my edition says a “loose and baggy monster” and, if you are the kind of reader who reads that as a positive description of a novel, then this is most definitely for you.

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Palinuro de México

And one of the funnier meexico of the book, which is quite bursting with humor. Palinuro of Mexico by Fernando del Paso. Gracias, Fernando del Paso, vive por siempre, es todo lo que te pido. I stole the above from Nathan’s review who pinched it from Cervantes who purloined such from Pierre Menard, that sneaky bastard.

Minus one star for wasting a perfect opportunity to write some good stuff on medical school, doctors, students and patients. Dalkey needs to get on this shit. Palinuro of Mexicolikewise, is our navigator through mexio ambitious book. Chronicling in a number of voices the life of Palinuro and his cousin Estenfaniadel Paso’s dense but entertaining text is a splendid novel.

I find this a hard book to recommend to anyone. mezico

He sings of sex, of autopsy, of amputation and of excretion. Else it would have taken me years to finish it.