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~DOWNLOAD PDF ♺ Kalpa Imperial ⚖ This Is The First Of Argentinean Writer Ang Lica Gorodischer S Nineteen Award Winning Books To Be Translated Into English In Eleven Chapters, Kalpa Imperial S Multiple Storytellers Relate The Story Of A Fabled Nameless Empire Which Has Risen And Fallen Innumerable Times Fairy Tales, Oral Histories And Political Commentaries Are All Woven Tapestry Style Into Kalpa Imperial Beggars Become Emperors, Democracies Become Dictatorships, And History Becomes Legends And Stories But This Is Much Than A Simple Political Allegory Or Fable It Is Also A Celebration Of The Power Of Storytelling Gorodischer And Translator Ursula K Le Guin Are A Well Matched, Sly And Delightful Team Of Magician Storytellers Rarely Have Author And Translator Been Such An Effortless Pairing Kalpa Imperial Is A Powerful Introduction To The Writing Of Ang Lica Gorodischer, A Novel Which Will Enthrall Readers Already Familiar With The Worlds Of Le GuinSelected For The New York Times Summer Reading List The Dreamy, Ancient Voice Is Not Unlike Le Guin S, And This Collection Should Appeal To Her Fans As Well As To Those Of Literary Fantasy And Latin American Fiction Library Journal Starred Review There S A Very Modern Undercurrent To The Kalpa Empire, With Tales Focusing On Power In A Political Sense Rather Than Generic Moral Lessons Her Mythology Is Consistent Wide In Scope, Yet Not Overwhelming The Myriad Names Of Places And People Can Be Confusing, Almost Tolkeinesque In Their Linguistic Originality But The Stories Constantly Move And Keep The Book From Becoming Overwhelming Gorodischer Has A Sizeable Body Of Work To Be Discovered, With Eighteen Books Yet To Reach English Readers, And This Is An Impressive Introduction Review Of Contemporary Fiction Borges And Cort Zar Are Alive And Well Bridge Magazine Those Looking For Offbeat Literary Fantasy Will Welcome Kalpa Imperial The Greatest Empire That Never Was, By Argentinean Writer Ang Lica Gorodischer Translated From The Spanish By Ursula Le Guin, This Is The First Appearance In English Of This Prize Winning South American Fantasist Publishers Weekly It S Always Difficult To Wrap Up A Rave Review Without Babbling Redundant Praises This Time I Ll Simply Say Buy This Book Locus The Elaborate History Of An Imaginary Countryis Nabokovian In Its Accretion Of Strange And Rich Detail, Making The Story Seem At Once Scientific And Dreamlike Time Out New York Kalpa Imperial Has Been Awarded The Prize M S All , The Prize Sigfrido Radaelli And Also The Prize Poblet It Has Had Four Editions In Spanish Minotauro Buenos Aires , Alcor Barcelona , Gigamesh Barcelona , And Planeta Emec Editions Buenos AiresPraise For The Spanish Language Editions Of Kalpa Imperial Ang Lica Gorodischer, Both From Without And Within The Novel, Accomplishes The Indispensable Function Salman Rushdie Says The Storyteller Must Have Not To Let The Old Tales Die Out To Constantly Renew Them And She Well Knows, As Does That One Who Met The Great Empress, That Storytellers Are Nothing And Nothing Less Than Free Men And Women And Even Though Their Freedom Might Be Dangerous, They Have To Get The Total Attention Of Their Listeners And, Therefore, Put The Proper Value On The Art Of Storytelling, An Art That Usually Gets In The Way Of Those Who Foster A Forceful Oblivion And Prevent The Winds Of Change Carmen Perilli, La Gaceta, Tucuman At A Time When Books Are Conceived And Published To Be Read Quickly, With Divided Attention In The Din Of The Subway Or The Car, This Novel Is To Be Tasted With Relish, In Peace, In Moderation, Chewing Slowly Each And Every One Of The Stories That Make It Up, And Digesting It Equally Slowly So As To Properly Assimilate It All Rodolfo Martinez A Vast, Cyclical Filigree Gorodischer Reaches Much Farther Than The Common Run Of Stories About Huge Empires, Maybe Because She Wasn T Interested In Them To Begin With, And Enters The Realm Of Fable, Legend, And Allegory Luis G Prado, Gigamesh, Barcelona If you like Ursula Le Guin s work, it s worth trying Kalpa Imperial, even though Le Guin isn t the author, only the translator She was obviously the ideal choice of translator for Gorodischer s style there s no sense of distance from the story, or rather stories, that you often get with translations.It s a bit of a strange book, a collection of connected stories that don t follow on from each other often the only link is in the common setting of the Empire That Never Was Consequently, there is little character development though the narrative voices are to some extent characters in themselves , and each story is just a window on a world that doesn t exist, with very little context and very little pausing to explain If you want to know everything about everything, this will prove frustrating than anything, I think.But I think it was well done, anyway, with the mythic tone and the air of half remembered history Some of the stories are fascinating than others, but I enjoyed all of them. In some ways interesting, and with some clever writing I m simply not the right audience for a series of what are essentially unrelated descriptive works, often with little in the way of plot or character. Kalpa Imperial gathers 11 stories, each a piece of the history of the Greatest Empire That Never Was The narrator, who seems to resemble the typical Medieval storyteller, narrates that the empire was destroyed and reconstructed several times There were several imperial dynasties, good and bad emperors, and, what I liked the most empresses I normally have issues with short stories because I tend to drift to other books that take of my time That didn t happen with this book There are so many different places north, south people crazy, good, bad, despicable, ambitious stories that somehow connect to each other and, not only that, they connect to our world The characteristics of the people, how they act, are exact descriptions that can be apply to any of our current world leaders or situations dictatorships, corruption, restitution of democracy.There are many hidden metaphors, there is some magical realism and a lot of details that help you picture this empire as if you would have seen it There is even some poetry in her writing style From the 11 stories, there was only one that I didn t like but maybe I didn t pay attention and missed the hidden message For sure, each story has a message, or a similarity to an actual event or situation It is not the typical fantasy best seller, for which I am grateful.In general, what I liked the about the whole book is1 the storyteller as it shows the art and power of words.2 All stories showed a lot of diversity and how it affects the relations between the towns north only white people south dark skinned people people from the north are good thinkers people from the south are filled with rage and tiredness the north is the empire and the south is nature Bueno, un chasco Despu s de tantos a os oyendo hablar de Kalpa Imperial y con las ganas que le ten a no me ha convencido en absoluto En parte porque es un tipo de literatura que no me llega, posiblemente no sea el mejor lector para este libro No me gusta el tono prof tico y propone una l rica que no me interesa He o do hablar mucho de su importancia y no s si estaes real o es una ilusi n generada por los defensores del libro Para m es, sobre todo, aburrido Ojo, no es que est mal escrito De hecho est muy bien escrito y se nota que Gorodischer domina el lenguaje y ha conseguido exactamente el registro que buscaba oral, de cuento, etc , pero en este caso no entro en l Solo hay dos o tres cuentos que me hayan interesado El m s famoso creo que es As es el sur , que no est mal, pero personalmente me quedo con el ltimo, La vieja ruta del incienso Divertido y original, me parece un cuento redondo.A lo mejor es que tengo la sensibilidad de un toc n de madera En la rese a tratar explicarme mejor. Why are there so many sick people Because it s easier to get sick than to look for one s right place in the world Explain, explain Yes, said the doctor We keep adding needless things, false things to ourselves, till we can t see ourselves and forget what our true shape is And if we ve forgotten what shape we are, how can we find the right place to be And who dares pull away the falsities that are stuck to his eyelids, his fingernails, his heels So then something goes wrong in the house and in the world, and we get sick This book has the bones and muscle of something good It lionizes stories and story telling it tells the history of a fantasy empire through the performances of various story tellers through time But there s something sick and sad in its soul, and I just can t get past it.On the one hand, this book was originally published in 1983 On the other hand, we knew it was wrong to blame sick people for their own illnesses in 1983 At least, some of us did We knew better than to blame freedom for delinquency, divorce, and insanity Well, again, some of us did Mind you, I can understand why an Argentine writer would see some stability in government and succession as better than the upheaval and revolution, and I have no idea how I would feel about power and authority if I had lived through the junta, but I generally think both trend toward abuse now, and I can t imagine that experience would have made me think better So I m a little at a loss about the reactionary underpinnings of the book I feel like I must have missed something, somehow It is of course dicey to attribute author voice to any one character in a book about overlapping story made of overlapping stories, but I would note that neither the Great Empress nor the wise doctor are contradicted, and both are presented in a rather heroic light, are really the main characters who are so presented The other issue with the book is that there was much blather, but only one magnificent moment The final story reached for some lovely intertextual transcendence, revealing the Empire to be view spoiler the book itself, one in a succession of many books in a great war of literature, hide spoiler Originally published in Spanish in Argentina in the early 1980s, Kalpa Imperial presents a cycle of tales set in a long running fantasy empire Ursula Le Guin s 2003 translation into English flows beautifully In a 2004 interview , the author welcomes comparisons to Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, and Franz Kafka and discourages association of her work with magic realism Indeed, the sprawling history of the empire s current capital, Concerning the Unchecked Growth of Cities , recalls the lush, baroque descriptions of Calvino s Invisible Cities For example, here s a passage exploring one of the city s incarnations, Mother of the Arts The city ascended and twisted yet again it gained not elegance but a certain eccentric, unexpected beauty Windowed galleries were built, which you reached by stairways that took off from anywhere, from the middle of a street, from the second floor balcony of a house, even from other stairways circular houses were built, labyrinthine houses, underground houses, tiny studios, huge music halls, chamber theaters, concert stadiums 79 On the other hand, some of the quirkiness of Gorodischer s writing feels like magic realism an exotic dancer who triggers a fatal obsession in anyone who watches him a brave and handsome general who is a hermaphrodite, to the extent it s said that at twenty he impregnated himself and bore a child as androgynous as himself 68 Several of the stories are wonderful, including the history of the city mentioned above, and the portrait of the Empress At their best, the stories suggest a meta commentary about the act of story telling and its relationship to truth and power I had to explain to the Empress that a storyteller is something than a man who recounts things for the pleasure and instruction of the crowd I had to tell her that a storyteller obeys certain rules and accepts certain ways of living that aren t laid out in any treatise but that are as important or important than the words he uses to make his sentences And I told her that no storyteller ever bows down to power,and I would not 111 One of the most important and delightful details of this story not to be spoiled here is left implicit, underlining the role of reticence as one of the storyteller s rules The transience of power is a major theme of these stories One technique that wears thin is the sardonic reversal of expectations good fortune turns out to be bad a girl of humble origins becomes mighty a prince of violent inclinations, a benign historical force This kind of irony tastes like wisdom in small quantities, but cynicism in bulk The constant negation, and the bitter distrust of those who wield power, becomes easier to understand given the time the stories were written the 1970s through the early 1980s, the worst of Argentina s Dirty War, when the government disappeared thousands of citizens As Gorodischer explained in a 1990 interview , I thought I was writing a Western version of The Thousand and One Nights But in 1983 when the initial volume was published, I realized it was all about terror The fictions brought me round to reality For a work germinated in such a dark time, Kalpa Imperial is richer with beauty and compassion than one might expect. Definitely not a typical fantasy More alike to a collection of origin myths,fables and historical recollection mostly made up by an eccentric story teller on the spot We get nothing than snippets of the vast history of this great empire.The delivery is very tongue in cheek, with a nice arrogant turn from the narrator, some of the historical facts border on laugh out loud while still being marginally believable.So much becomes a comment on general history and culture.The ending is a bit of a curve ball making you reevaluate what the empire actually is adding a touch of something very different to it all Definitely odd but still brilliant in many ways The language is always wonderful , not sure wether this is down to the original or the translation but still worth it for that alone.A hidden gem unearthed either way This set of short stories didn t wow me, but I did like a few of them quite a lot There was only one story that I had a lot of trouble staying engaged in I did really enjoy the Storyteller s voice as he relates a story about different rulers in the Empire There was constant strife and violence in the Empire, but I particularly liked that Angelica Gorodischer did not focus on that, rather she focused on character My favourite stories from this book were The Two Hands , The End of a Dynasty, or the Natural History of Ferrets , Portrait of an Empress , The Pool , Down There in the South and The Old Incense Road. De adolescente me encantaban Tolkien, Eddings, R A Salvatore y tantos otros autores de literatura fant stica, y creo que si entonces hubiera le do Kalpa imperial, no me habr a gustado Habr a preferido personajes menos ambivalentes, finales menos vagos y probablemente m s felices , m s del cl sico enfrentamiento del Bien contra el Mal, menos corrupci n y decadencia y m s guerras heroicas, definitivamente m s magia y criaturas fant sticas, y quisquilloso y purista en lo irrelevante no habr a tolerado la intrusi n de referencias al mundo real como ocurre en el cuento La vieja ruta del incienso Me habr an molestado algunos cuentos a los que no les habr a encontrado el sentido y creo que por alguna raz n habr a preferido m s descripciones f sicas de los personajes Quiz s no habr a podido con algunos aspectos l ricos de su escritura Adem s, aunque me joda admitirlo y aunque ya hab a rechazado el evangelismo fan tico que mi madre trat de inculcarme, segu a contaminado por su particular moral religiosa me habr a sentido algo frustrado con ciertos personajes femeninos poderosos que a pesar de ser de los buenos son amorales o inmorales c mo se atreven y algo inc modo con ciertos elementos sexuales de la narraci n.Qu bueno que lo le ahora, entonces Ahora lo leo y me quedo deslumbrado con el mundo gigantesco, espacial y temporalmente, que esboza Gorodischer Disfruto con las salidas a veces imprevisibles de sus historias y con el desfile multicolor de sus personajes.Me gusta que aunque Gorodischer juega con las proporciones desmesuradas de su imperio infinito y la peque ez de sus habitantes, el comportamiento humano suele ser el centro y motor de sus narraciones igual, en mi cuento favorito la protagonista es una ciudad Otro juego recurrente es el del narrador poco fiable estos no son registros hist ricos de cronistas y archivistas, son narraciones transmitidas oralmente, interpretadas por los cuentacuentos Son relaciones m ticas, no cr nicas hist ricas, y a veces son di logos entre varios narradores que cuentan la misma historia desde distintos puntos de vista.Descubr otro de mis libros favoritos.IntertextualidadMenciones directas Pens es 1662 de Blaise Pascal cita, ep grafe Las dos manos Poema El imperio milenario en El imperio milenario 1974 de Alfredo Veirav cita, ep grafe Acerca de ciudades que crecen descontroladamente Menci n al personaje de Trafalgar Medrano, de Trafalgar 1979 de Ang lica Gorodischer ep grafe Menci n a alguna de las tres pel culas The Charge of the Light Brigade 1912, 1936, 1968 , las tres basadas en la carga de la Brigada ligera durante la batalla de Balaclava 1854 en la Guerra de Crimea, de acuerdo a como la cuenta el poema The Charge of the Light Brigade 1854 de Alfred Tennyson La vieja ruta del incienso Menci n a la pel cula 2001 A Space Odyssey 1968 , basada en el cuento El centinela 1948 de Arthur C Clarke y cuyo gui n fue escrito paralelamente a la novela 2001 Una odisea espacial 1968 Menci n a la pel cula Quai des brumes El muelle de las brumas 1938 , basada en la novela Quai des brumes 1927 de Pierre Mac Orlan La vieja ruta del incienso Menci n a la pel cula Rash mon 1950 , basada en el cuento Rash mon 1915 de Ry nosuke Akutagawa La vieja ruta del incienso Menci n a la pel cula Porte des Lilas Puerta de lilas 1957 , basada en la novela La Grande Ceinture 1956 de Ren Fallet La vieja ruta del incienso Menci n a la pel cula L Ann e derni re Marienbad El a o pasado en Marienbad 1961 , cuyo gui n fue escrito por el escritor Alain Robbe Grillet, influenciado por la novela La invenci n de Morel 1940 de Adolfo Bioy Casares La vieja ruta del incienso Menci n a la pel cula Gone with the Wind 1939 , basada en la novela Lo que el viento se llev1936 de Margaret Mitchell La vieja ruta del incienso Menci n a los autores Hans Christian Andersen Dinamarca, s XIX agradecimientos J R R Tolkien Reino Unido, s XX agradecimientos Italo Calvino Italia, s XX agradecimientos Hugo Padeletti Argentina, s XX XXI dedicatoria de El estanque Orson Welles EEUU, s XX La vieja ruta del incienso Jean Paul Sartre Francia, s XX La vieja ruta del incienso.Indirecta Las dos historias que cuenta el gu a Z Ydagg en el cuento La vieja ruta del incienso son reelaboraciones en clave de cosmogon a y con gui os humor sticos al mundo cinematogr fico de los cl sicos grecolatinos de la Il ada y la Odisea ambas ca s VIII a C , ambas de Homero, as como parte de la trilog a tr gica de la Orest ada 458 a C de Esquilo, especialmente las dos primeras obras Agamen n y Co foros ambas 458 a C Aqu Marilyn Monroe es Helena de Troya, Kirk Douglas es Paris, James Bond es Agamen n, Margaret Thatcher es Clitemnestra, Sartre es Orestes, Clark Gable es Odiseo, Walt Disney es Polifemo, la Gioconda es Circe, etc Y las sirenas son reemplazadas por los ringost rs Menci n al personaje de Emma Bovary, de Madame Bovary 1856 de Gustave Flaubert Menci n al personaje de James Bond, agente del servicio secreto de inteligencia brit nico, cuya primera menci n registrada est en Casino Royale 1953 de Ian Fleming.