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Book Title: Gótico carpintero|
The author of the book: William Gaddis
Edition: Sexto Piso
Date of issue: January 2012
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ISBN 13: 9788496867970
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Si queremos comprender el actual derrumbe de Estados Unidos, no hace falta más que leer Gótico carpintero. Escrita en 1985, cuando aún no se percibían con claridad los efectos de la maquinaria financiero-corporativa que ha despellejado a la mayor parte de la sociedad hasta dejarla en los huesos, Gaddis pudo entrever la demencia de un sistema fundamentado en capas sobre capas de avaricia, como si fuera un perro persiguiendo su cola que cuando por fin consigue morderla es sólo para comprobar que el dolor proviene de su propia mandíbula al cerrarse.
Gaddis construye su novela a base de diálogos. Cada uno de los personajes recita su monólogo de sinsentido, convencidos de que su minúscula parcela de realidad equivale a la realidad misma. Paul intenta enriquecerse promocionando los poderes milagrosos del reverendo Ude, quien ahoga a un niño al bautizarlo, y convierte la tragedia en una clara manifestación divina por la que el pequeño es acogido en la gloria eterna. Liz gasta fortunas de doctor en doctor, intentando reunir pruebas para defraudar a su compañía de seguros. El dueño de la casa donde viven es el misterioso McCandless, situado siempre en el límite entre la genialidad y la locura, con un confuso pasado como geólogo, novelista y fumador.
Gaddis retrató en un microcosmos eso que hoy presenciamos a gran escala: el desmoronamiento de una sociedad a causa de los intereses personales y mezquinos de los individuos poderosos.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Gaddis was the author of five novels. He was born in New York December 29, 1922. The circumstances why he left Harvard in his senior year are mysterious. He worked for The New Yorker for a spell in the 1950s, and absorbed experiences at the bohemian parties and happenings, to be later used as material in The Recognitions. Travel provided further resources of experience in Mexico, in Costa Rica, in Spain and Africa and, perhaps strangest to imagine of him, he was employed for a few years in public relations for a pharmaceutical corporation.
The number of printed interviews with Gaddis can be counted on one hand: he wondered why anyone should expect an author to be at all interesting, after having very likely projected the best of themselves in their work. He has been frequently compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and especially Pynchon.
Gaddis’s first novel, The Recognitions (1955) is a 956-page saga of forgery, pretension, and desires misguided and inexpressible. Critical response to the book ranged from cool to hostile, but in most cases (as Jack Green took pains to show in his book of rebuke, Fire the Bastards!). Reviewers were ill-prepared to deal with the challenge, and evidently many who began to read The Recognitions did not finish. The novel’s sometimes great leaps in time and location and the breadth and arcane pedigree of allusions are, it turns out, fairly mild complications for the reader when compared with what would become the writer’s trademark: the unrestrained confusion of detached and fragmentary dialogue.
Gaddis’s second book, JR (1975) won the National Book Award. It was only a 726 pages long driven by dialogue. The chaos of the unceasing deluge of talk of JR drove critics to declare the text “unreadable”. Reading Gaddis is by no means easy, but it is a more lacerating and artfully sustained attack on capitalism than JR, and The Recognitions.
Carpenter's Gothic (1985) offered a shorter and more accessible picture of Gaddis's sardonic worldview. The continual litigation that was a theme in that book becomes the central theme and plot device in A Frolic of His Own (1994)—which earned him his second National Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. There are even two Japanese cars called the Isuyu and the Sosumi.
His final work was the novella Agapē Agape which was published in 2002. Gaddis died at home in East Hampton, New York, of prostate cancer on December 16th, 1998.
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