Impenetrable but her rendering gives a beautiful rhythm within the ong sentences and chunky paragraphsA great book I d recommend reading Chejfec s My Two Worlds before reading The Planets it is a tightly composed narrative that can get you inside Chejfec s amazing head a Tempting Fate little easier A very strange and surreal book I don t really know how to explain the plot so Il et the publisher do it for me When he reads about a mysterious explosion in the distant countryside the narrator s thoughts turn to his Exuisite start to finish Seriously some of the finest writing on memory and oss I ve ever had the pleasure of reading The Planets was my first Sergio Chejfec and most certainly will not be my One Giant Leap last I m blown away This one will stick with me for a very veryong time DISCLAIMER I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it So take my review with a grain of salt or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it uite well Also I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book since it would benefit Open Letter directlyNot really as tight as My Two Worlds but maybe emotionally gripping I Apocalyptic Cartography love Heather Cleary s translation and all theittle stories that the narrator recounts from his childhood friend especially the one about the eye and the railroad tracks I hope that sounds intriguing It s kind of hard to review our own books on here but I just want to say that I m extremely proud that we took a chance on Sergio and signed on three of his books way back when He s a fantastic writer and one whose reputation will surely grow as people encounter him and books become available I won t pretend to completely understand everything that is going on in The Planets Despite that I can appreciate that with its publication by Open Letter Books Sergio Chejfec has presented English readers with a gentle novel on friendship grief and oss It is osten. D relive the time they spent together wandering the streets of Buenos AiresSergio Chejfec’s The Planets is an affecting and innovative exploration of mourning remembrance and friendship by one of Argentina’s modern masters.
A good book about friendship identity and political violence and terror Sometimes it drags too much and I would prefer a bit action and ess introspection and a bit of humor too So overall it s a uite boring book Excellent translation Sergio Chejfec writesNeither of us would have imagined that years A Bride for McCain later these events would be written down on paper If we had foreseen this we would have acted differently guiding our steps according to our idea of posterity fortunately we did not This foreseeing should be clarified however given that if M knew the reasons why I would end up writing these pages he certainly would have done what was needed to avoid his abduction though in fact he did nothing at all to cause it They say that one could avoid innumerable problems mistakes and catastrophes if one knew how things were going to turn out but this is an impossible dream The most extreme example of this is that we are all certain of death and even expanding things a bit about the decline of civilization the destruction of the environment and the inevitable ostracism of the sun but are still unable to avoid the end What keeps us fromosing hope in the fact of this inescapable truth A belief in the interim in the fact that in the meantime things happen that are worth experiencing Very definitely not a book to be rushed through It demands to be mulled over slowly Very digressive and meditative I found it to have much the same conceptual content as a Heart and Soul / Almost Heaven lot of the poetry I ve been readingately Both of Chejfec s books that have been translated into English The Planets and My Two Worlds have proven themselves somewhat difficult to get through Not because Chejfec is a difficult writer per se nor because I find them exhausting but there is resistance in his prose that I iken to someone inviting you in but keeping his foot against the door This seems a deliberate choice on Chejfec s part and it works his works demand that rare valuable thing When he reads about a mysterious explosion in the distant countryside the narrator’s thoughts turn to his disappeared childhood friend M who was abducted from his home years ago during a spasm of political violence in Buenos.
Rom a reader strict concentration That concentration is paid off in full in Chejfec s brilliant moments which shine through often enough to eave one feeling a ittle at a oss as if the words on the page suddenly fleetingly became something substantial and true Uneven ultimately parts of it are ovely deeply felt and engaging and parts are not failing alternately for being too vague or too explicit Too many connections are explained which should have been eft to intuit and too much time is spent talking about silence when some actual silence would have sufficed I m eft with the suspicion that this book isn t uite about what Chejfec thinks it s about that the Sebaldian meditations on identity memory and the city are ultimately weightless and beside the point I ike Chejfec s style and I A Love To Remember look forward to reading his future books but I wish that he would stop trying to writeike Sebald and write Her Stolen Past (Family Reunions like himself He s a surprisingly good storyteller this was something I never managed to realize in My Two Worlds and a better storyteller than philosopher The existential conclusions the book draws are disappointingly obvious and do not explain the book as if the book itself were a planet that could not see the star it was orbiting PS I won my copy of this book through a GoodReads giveaway so wouldike to thank Open Letter for that and for their general fabulousness A surprisingly moving story of mourning written in a meandering dense philosophical style that touches on political religious and social themes with ots of ideas about how humans interact with space around them both in terms of geographic space especially in how humans construct and are constructed by cities Captives of geography our past is shaped by the city and in terms of outer space Because the same mystery that moves the planets also impels people And it has to be noted that Heather Cleary s translation is remarkable the style of this book is daunting and can seem. Aires in the early 1970s He convinces himself that M must have died in this explosion and he begins to tell the story of their friendship through a series interconnected vignettes hoping in this way to reanimate his friend an.
Sergio Chejfec is an Argentine Jewish writer He was born in Buenos Aires in 1956 From 1990 to 2005 he lived in Venezuela where he published Nueva sociedad a journal of politics culture and the social sciences He currently lives in New York City and teaches in the Creative Writing program in Spanish at New York UniversityChejfec has written novels essays and a poetry collection His works i