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Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of You were born in Barcelona in Do you still feel Iberian, a citizen from Spain? I am not a professional writer.

A chapter appeared in the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. Did a review of this book here: Paperbackpages.

Felipe Alfau

I guess I am a frontier man that belongs to afau world that is no more. As you know, I have been interviewing friends you had a long time ago because I am contemplating the idea of writing your biography. The experimental style on display never overwhelmed the narrative. The world has changed for the worse, there is no question about that.

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I haven’t read these other books but now plan to do so. Consequently, view spoiler [ Chesses H. Alfau’s “comedy of gestures” – a mercurial dreamscape of the eccentric, sometimes criminal, habitues of Toledo’s Cafe of the Crazy – was written in English and first published infavorably reviewed for “The Nation” by Mary McCarthy, as she recounts here in her Afterword, then long neglected.


This page was last edited on 5 Augustat Email required Address never made public. I almost gave up, but I soldiered on, and was immensely rewarded almost immediately. All of them are introduced at once in the very beginning when they are pointed out by the narrator as he sits in a cafe in Madrid, but then they each take the stage in their turns and weave odd tales that lead you on as patiently and deliberately as any Scheherezade.

A few words perhaps. Thereafter, she is called ‘the old insane woman’, but I’m not so sure.

Alfau was born in Barcelona but moved to the United States when he was This experience was severely disappointing after I quite enjoyed reading Autonauts of the Cosmoroute With LocosAlfau seems to be following in the footsteps of fellow Spaniard Luigi Pirandello who wrote a play in entitled Six Characters In Search of an Author. I always wished to travel through time, to champion a life beyond my individual boundaries. The Recognitions William Gaddis.

Locos by Felipe Alfau

You are basically an idiot who thinks he’s not. Alfau demands comparisons, at least every reviewer seems to feel the need: I should have been taking notes with all the Spanish names! Like your lovos, those dreamers in Chromos that live in Manhattan without anybody noticing them, speaking a language very much like their own.


Identity— Sitting with his friend, Dr. What follows is a series of interconnected short stories about many of them. Essays on Politics and the Imagination. Alfau’s “comedy The interconnected stones that eflipe Felipe Alfau’s novel Locos take place in a Madrid as exotic as the Baghdad of the Arabian Nights alfsu feature unforgettable characters in revolt against their young ‘author’.

In one case, a man is obsessed with fingerprints because he believes his father invented the I think it requires more than a single read-through to fully appreciate its nuances and subtleties.

A Romance of Dogs: I found the writing tedious. The subsequent plot, in which these characters collide, define themselves in opposition to one another, and eventually take on names and traits in common and blend together, examines the fluid nature of personal identity.

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