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I suppose it might be a bit of a cliche to write that any given book is a tour de force of its’ genre, but dammit if that doesn’t fit the bill for this one.

Ensayo sobre la pintura flamenca del Renacimiento. Brazilian writer Rubem Fonseca takes through a collection of short stories filled with characters cobdador willfully commit crimes or stumble into them by accident. It’s bold, it’s a bit graphic and reading the first story alone will feel like someone punched you in the gut and ran off. Want to Read saving…. The stories in Rubem Fonseca’s The Taker and Other Stories often corbador more intricate scenarios than your average Bukowski, and some of the first couple stories the stronger half of this slim collection read as genre exercises in horror.

O Cobrador by Rubem Fonseca

Rubem Fonseca’s Rio is a city at war, a city whose vast disparities- in wealth, social standing, and prestige- are untenable. Funny that he was a cop then, in Brazil mind you, in real life. I first came upon Fonseca in an anthology foseca international crime stories, a chilling little tale about a poor man rhbem targets the rich not for their money, just to beat them at their own frivolous game. El Espartano de Javier Negrete. Fonseca no proporciona respuestas a estos interrogantes, pero los plantea no a las claras, por supuesto; hablamos de estilo literario, no de panfletos.

lecturas errantes: El Cobrador, de Rubem Fonseca

That project didn’t quite pan out, but I did finish this amazing little book. In the stories of The Taker, rich and poor live in an uneasy equilibrium, where only overwhelming force can maintain order, and violence and deception are essential tools of survival. Trials of a Young Writer is the story of a man more interested in his press image than he is in his writing or his live-in girlfriend. Por descontado, Fonseca no se limita al mero morbo, ni a la historia simple de un psychokiller.


O Cobrador

Rubem sabe o que diz sempre, e tem o tempo certo. His writing is pretty dark and gritty, filled with violence and sexual content, and it usually happens in a very urban setting.

Nov 17, Estermann Meyer rated it it was amazing. The title story about a rather vicious killer and I found it extremely unsettling think American Psycho without the brand names–only this is set in Brazil.

Amazing short stories from Brazil. Blogger Templates by Blog and Web. I get the joke but I don’t think it’s funny. He started his career with short stories, cobrasor they are usually considered to be the best part of his work. The first story is Night drive is only two pages but it is complete with an interesting character, some suspense, and a dark surprise.

Books by Rubem Fonseca. Nov 03, Francisco Reis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Finseca de un adicto a la lectura. Amazing short stories with one of the most thrilling and cinematographic story i have ever read: If not for “Betsy” and “The Enemy” one could easily think this guy is a serial killer armed with a pen. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

So take my review with a grain of salt, or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it quite well. Abusa dejando al lector en suspenso. His work is considered groundbreaking in Brazilian literature, up until then mostly focused on rural settings and usually treating cities with a very biased point-of-view.

I really didn’t like the first batch of stories, and thought the others were good, but I kept wondering what was Fonseca’s real style and what was a put fnoseca.


Lists with This Book. Jan 14, Newton Nitro rated it it was amazing. Another GoodReads reviewer of this book is correct to say that one story was even like a bad Twilight Zone episode.

That doesn’t mean anyone, including the author himself, gets a pass though. Read most of them, not all. Just a moment while we fubem you in to your Goodreads account. Carmen y amig s. Jan 13, Jumo rated it it was amazing.

This is a strange little connection, with some really varied kinds of stories here– I’d like to believe that’s because it’s not an organic collection but instead a group of stories from different points in Fonseca’s career, slapped under one fonsecca because they were all translated by the same guy. In Enemy another lonely man seeks out rbem old high school buddies. With material such as this one reaches a certain point where the author is either enjoying himself, granting himself the powers to kill and rape in a fictive universe, or there is something besides de Sade-ian pleasure at work.

Most widely admired for his short fiction, The Taker and Other Stories is Fonseca’s first collection to appear in English translation, and it ranges across his oeuvre, exploring the sights and sounds of the modern landscape of Rio de Janeiro.

I think I need to read his longer fiction now, which sound like the sort of offbeat mysteries I like, but with maybe a little more breathing space. A lei de Lem. Mis detectives favorit s. Finally, we’ve got stories like “The Enemy,” which are more or less pure linguistic excess, which I really enjoyed, but which might drive other readers to distraction.