The Suicides

Antonio Di Benedetto

NOVEL, 1969. EDITION BY ADRIANA HIDALGO EDITORA, 2018. 200 PAGES

A journalist, egocentric, melancholic and unappreciated by others, a regular at movie theaters and boxing matches, is commissioned to write a series of chronicles on the suicides that have occurred in the city.

With Marcela, the photographer, he becomes involved in his research work, which is as much a detective novel as an anthological essay on this mysterious and ultimate act, and ends up isolating himself almost masochistically in his obsession, with consequences for his family and love life: there are more than a dozen suicides in the family, including his father, who killed himself at the age of thirty-three, an age that the protagonist is about to reach.

As the fateful date approaches, a question becomes pressing: is suicide hereditary?

A novel that closes the «Trilogy of Waiting» -begun with Zama and continued with The Silentiary-, The Suicides prolongs, with its art of precision and irony, this narrative soliloquy that sets out to represent the world and the impossibility of living in it, and which constitutes one of the high points of 20th century literature.

 

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