Sep 27, 2020
The African Shore
Posted by Rodrigo Rey Rosa Jeffrey Gray

In the vein of the writings of Paul Bowles, Paul Theroux, and V S Naipaul, The African Shore marks a major new installment in the genre of dystopic travel fiction Rodrigo Rey Rosa, prominent in today s Guatemalan literary world and an author of growing international reputation, presents a tale of alienation, misrecognition, and intrigue set in and around Tangier He weaIn the vein of the writings of Paul Bowles, Paul Theroux, and V S Naipaul, The African Shore marks a major new installment in the genre of dystopic travel fiction Rodrigo Rey Rosa, prominent in today s Guatemalan literary world and an author of growing international reputation, presents a tale of alienation, misrecognition, and intrigue set in and around Tangier He weaves a double narrative involving a Colombian tourist pleasurably stranded in Morocco and a young shepherd who dreams of migrating to Spain and of riches to come At the center of their tale is an owl both treasured and coveted The author addresses the anxiety, distrust, and potential for violence that characterize the border of all borders the strait that divides Africa and Europe, where the waters of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet His often remarked prose style, at once rich and spare, endows his work with remarkable elegance Rey Rosa generates a powerful reality within his imagined world, and he maintains a narrative tension to the haunting conclusion, raising small and large questions that linger in the reader s mind long after the final page With an Afterword by Jeffrey Gray

  • Title: The African Shore
  • Author: Rodrigo Rey Rosa Jeffrey Gray
  • ISBN: 9780300196108
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • The African Shore In the vein of the writings of Paul Bowles Paul Theroux and V S Naipaul The African Shore marks a major new installment in the genre of dystopic travel fiction Rodrigo Rey Rosa prominent in today

    Antonomasia

    4.5 Write ups said The African Shore was very strange But such is the strangeness of other books I ve read recently The Devil s Workshop, Red Grass, The Iraqi Christ, Revenge that it doesn t seem so weird as all that What s remarkable is the clarity of the writing the sort of writing that s good because you don t notice it at first it communicates perfectly, not a word out of place This novella is, for many, readable in one sitting but it was taking a break from it that showed me just how except [...]


    Paul Fulcher

    A beautiful book one of those that when I finished I turned back to the start and read again, not to revisit some plot twist that I d missed but simply for the pure pleasure of the prose.Rodrigo Rey Rosa is the literary heir to Paul Bowles, who translated all his previous works to appear in English, and this is clearly based on experiences from his time spent with Bowles in Tangier The story is based on two separate tales, of a Columbian tourist stranded, not unwillingly, in Morocco after he los [...]


    jeremy

    about a third of rodrigo rey rosa s dozen and a half books have been translated into english many by his late friend paul bowles , and each offers a glimpse of talents impressive and diverse the african shore la orilla africana one of two runner ups for 2014 s best translated book award won by krasznahorkai s incomparably impressive seiobo there below is a slim, evocative work from the guatemalan novelist and short story writer seemingly disparate narratives are linked by a nocturnal bird of pre [...]


    Pickle Farmer

    Absolutely amazing Blown away by this book Definitely the best thing I ve read so far this year So creepy, powerful, moving left me wordless No wonder Bola o was a fan Rey Rosa has now jumped up to the top of my MUST READ list as a result of this book The prose is flawless and immensely readable The structure is also fantastic, very innovative Cosmopolitanism, borders, migrants, exiles, drug smuggling, empathy, cultural misunderstandings, identity, modernity, elliptical references boy, did this [...]


    Xavi Zepeda

    Una historia interesante, la narraci n definitivamente muy buena, los lugares bien descritos Qu pasar con l Dos historias que se unen en un instante y al otro se vuelven a separar, dejando a cada uno con las consecuencias de su forma de actuar.Buscar la libertad y quererla retener vaya iron a.


    Kobe Bryant

    This is basically a Bowles book but not nearly as good


    Henry Vargas

    Buena novela por parte de Rey Rosa Le habr a dado cinco estrellas si hubiera mantenido esa vibra de libro tur stico que me estaba cautivando Por desgracia, Rey Rosa comenz a meterle aspectos de trama forzados a la historia casi hasta el final y eso termin baj ndole la calificaci n No obstante, la primera parte me parece brillante.


    Tobias

    Starts outbulously, then becomes much intriguing as the parallels between the two central characters become clear.


    Dewey

    From what I ve heard, Hemingway, the bullfight lover and part time resident of pre Communist Cuba, has cast a shadow of sorts over the literature of the Spanish speaking world, which meant that it was only a matter of time before a Spanish writer out Hemingway d Hemingway Well that author has finally arrived in a larger amount of English translation, anyway Rodrigo Rey Rosa, considered the best living writer from Guatemala and old friend and student of the late Paul Bowles The author of Shelteri [...]


    Tonymess

    The African Shore came in for special mention at the Best Translated Book Award in 2014 with the judges noting We found Rodrigo Rey Rosa s short novel The African Shore, masterfully translated by Jeffrey Gray, to be almost the perfect counterpoint to Seiobo There Below In its sonnet like perfection, even a single out of place word would have marred this novel s hypnotizing effect, so due praise must be given to Rey Rosa and Gray for presenting us with this seamless, engrossing story We also admi [...]


    Tuck

    can t wait to read rey rosaory of a man shipwrecked in morocco lost his passport but is not in too big of a hurry to leave anyway, as he s getting used to his kif, and visiting and living in this new land where he can forget his troubles rey rosa is paul bowles executor, but has much for humane way of dealing with his humans characters Been busy building an opac, so just making placeholders for books I ve read in march and april 2014 This is the opac thoughwr.entrsi client defa


    Will

    Half mystical, half all too real Like a Borges story passed through Bola o in a 21st century North African setting


    Aaron (Typographical Era)

    really goodally weird disgusting in places always a plus


    Michael

    Effectively creepy evocation of clash of culture novella much lauded and well worth reading.


    Andrew

    A remarkable novel that plumbs the depths of the Western and Eastern mindset Told with sparseness and elegance, this book is a classic.



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