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Bomarzo [PDF / EPUB] Bomarzo En 1958 Manuel Mujica Lainez visitó el bosue sagrado de Bomarzo poblado de esculturas fabulosas Su erudición su infatigable curiosidad por todas las empresas de la imaginación lo impulsaron a ver d En Manuel Mujica Lainez visitó el bosue sagrado de Bomarzo poblado de esculturas fabulosas Su erudición su infatigable curiosidad por todas las empresas de la imaginación lo impulsaron a ver de cerca ese lugar ideado en el siglo XVI por el duue Pier Francesco Orsini De regreso a la Argentina Mujica Lainez se consagró durante más de dos años con pasión y rigor 'álgebra y fuego' diría Borges a reconstruir la historia de Bomarzo y su atormentado creador El resultado de esa labor es esta obra monumental fascinante impulsada por la riueza de los conocimientos y el arrebato de la fantasía Bomarzo obtuvo el Premio Nacional de Literatura en el bienio el Premio John F Kennedy en y varias distinciones otorgadas por el gobierno de la República Italiana.

  • Paperback
  • 670 pages
  • Bomarzo
  • Manuel Mujica Láinez
  • Spanish
  • 27 January 2016

About the Author: Manuel Mujica Láinez

Manuel Mujica Lainez fue un escritor biógrafo crítico de arte y periodista argentinoEn publicó Glosas castellanas una serie de ensayos centrados en su mayor parte en el uijoteTres años después publicó Don Galaz de Buenos Aires Le siguen las biografías de su antepasado Miguel Cané padre en más las de Hilario Ascasubi Aniceto el Gallo y de Estanislao del Campo Anasta.

10 thoughts on “Bomarzo

  1. says:

    “That in the mighty mantle I was robed And of a she bear was indeed the son” Dante Alighieri – Inferno Duke of Bomarzo Pier Francesco Orsini was a descendant of that she bear’s son and the novel Bomarzo traces his life since his early childhood till his final departure and meticulously portrays the manners and s of RenaissanceBomarzo was set on the ruins of the ancient civilization and actually it was a vast Etruscan necropolis Sometimes I think that deep in my personality there are survivals of traits of that primitive race so poetic so melancholy so sensuous and bloody just as capable of making pacts with demons as of being mystics possessed with mad lyricism because Bomarzo was saturated with their unknown and fascinating magicThe tale is flowery convoluted and baroue Historical novel elegantly chassés into magical realism and magical realism boldly segues into postmodernistic gothicDespised by his father and his brothers the boy is extremely unhappy and he tries to find his comfort in the things enigmatic and otherworldlyI have believed and I still believe that some of the beings we call dead are capable of appearing to us under determined conditions I believe that they are around us constantly I believe that they are spying on us from the balconies of heavenThe times are luxuriant and cruel Everybody puts a smile on one’s face and at the same time hides a dagger behind one’s back The times are hypocritical and sinful Everyone prays to God and at the same time one is a slave of one’s lewd passions Tortured by desires the boy attempts to penetrate the secrets of life and deathLife and Death like two allegorical figures the Naked Woman and the Skeleton preside in that way by the door that opens into my deepest emotions Later I will tell how I made use of those symbols in the Wood of BomarzoThe youth becomes an adult but his unfulfilled pursuits and hopes make him envious vengeful and wickedwhen I came into the world something magical something fabulous had been predicted for me which raised me above my contemporaries and which made of me an individual apart impregnated with vigilant mystery And yet I amputated and destroyed my lifeIn despair he decides to design the sacred wood of monsters To express his inner self in mystical ugly and weird stone sculpturesthey all died and their crowns rolled at their feet onto the tattered robes that other princes hastened to put on Sic transit gloria mundi Monarchs are dead and gone The valorous deeds and feats of condottieri are long forgotten But the stone monsters survived and they continue to lure humans and make them gasp in awe

  2. says:

    Perhaps you are aware of Bomarzo the Garden of Monsters created in northern Italy by a 16th century nobleman and great patron of the arts Pier Francesco Orsini If not please take a look on the web as there is ample information recounting the garden’s history including many photos of the actual works of architecture and art And of course as you can see I have included pics of a number of the sculpted monsters One of the greatest admirers of Bomarzo was the Argentine author Manuel Mujica Láinez 1910 1984 who was so taken by what he saw and read he wrote this sumptuous 600 page novel And readers of English are fortunate to have this work translated from the Spanish by none other than Gregory Rabassa Here is the garden’s creator and first person narrator Pier Francesco Orsini on the coincidence of his being born at 200 in the morning on March 6 the same time and date but slightly different year as Michelangelo In truth the stars that presided over our respective appearances on life's chessboard had arranged their players for uite different matches For lovers of historical novels particularly novels set in renaissance Italy many are the famous characters rubbing elbows with Pier Francesco Benvenuto Cellini to name just one To add a real zest to the storytelling we discover on the first few pages that Pier Francesco is speaking of his life and beloved Bomarzo in a most unusual way We read Our dwelling changed with the passage of time and lost all trace of grandeur until its last anonymous remains disappeared in 1937 when Benito Mussolini ordered the opening of the Via della Conciliazione which gave a clear view of Saint Peter's” Wow Turns out Pier’s horoscope foretold how he would live forever which seems to be a true prediction since he is relaying his story as a four hundred and fifty year old 20th century man Herein lies the novel’s charm we have the entire arc of an Italian renaissance aristocrat’s retelling of his life in the 16th century among princes barons lords ladies cardinals and famous artists architects and sculptors but also a life filled with emotional and physical abuse latent homosexuality impotence and living as a deformed hunchback conveyed with the intelligence of 20th century psychoanalysis No wonder this one of a kind novel was a best seller in Argentina at the time of publication And make no mistake Manuel Mujica Láinez’s novel is written in highly stylized baroue as for example when Pier describes the forces protecting him in his boyhood including his beloved grandmother the one and only person who lavished affection on him and served as a shield against his sadistic father and the cruelty of his brothers “With her prideful insistence which many readers will judge bold and demoralizing primary school teachers particularly if there are such among my readers Diana Orsini furnished me with what nature had denied me a security in myself in my own strength which since it was lacking in me I had to seek in other forces real or fantastic until I could afford myself a vigor and a faith that came if not from me from a mysterious cohort as old as the history of my family which gathered about my weak figure the breastplates of Constantius and Theodosius II who had anointed us princes along with the papal tiaras of Celestine III Stephen III and Paul I the last two both saints and Nicholas III the one who dreamed of dividing Italy up among his Orsini nephews and the mantles of the endless flow of ueens from our house ueens of Poland Naples Humgary Thessaly Castile and Empresses of the West and swords brandished by the Orsini warriors who made Italy tremble with the brazen noise of their parades and skirmishes tracing a wide seven colored freize which encircled my timidity and my exhaustion a frieze in which there stood out above the crowns scepters croziers flags and the stiff plumed helmets the swaying figures of the black bears as they rose up in their supreme and fearful majesty”In case you missed it the above uote chock full of references to all those princes and clergy jewels and ornaments is contained in one sentence I mention this so as to underscore the style of the writing from beginning to end ornate bordering on rococo Perhaps this is a prime reason Jorge Luis Borges ordinarily no lover of novels bestowed praise on the author for what he accomplished with Bomarzo This is a novel of surprises thus I've gone easy on plot As a nod to the arts I will conclude with two uotes where Pier Francesco speaks of his garden on two separate occasions“My collections my famous collections have grown in a strange way They were my faithful image because they were absurd intricate and perhaps monstrous also they were frivolous Only a dilettante with strange tastes could have gathered them all together”“My life my life transfigured into symbols preserved for the centuries eternal imperishable That was what I had to tell in Bomarzo those woods would be the Sacred Wood of Bomarzo the garden of symbols of monsters Every stone would have a symbol within it and all together going up the slope where they had been strewn and settled by age old cataclysms they would be the immense and arcane monument of Pier Francesco Orsini No one no pontiff no emperor would have a monument like that”

  3. says:

    Rating 5 of fiveA life changing read for my teenaged self I'm re reading it now bit by snatch and it's amazingly enough still gorgeous and lush and silken in its soundsI adore it as much in 2017 as in 1973

  4. says:

    I have the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño to thank for my discovery of the Argentine Manuel Mujica Lainez's novel Bomarzo Published in 1962 the novel won Argentina’s National Literature Prize and then the John F Kennedy Prize in 1964 shared with Cortázar’s Hopscotch The novel recounts in Bolaño's words The life and adventures of the Duke of Orsini his thousand adventures and countless mishaps and feats are a stage for the unfolding of a kind of writing an art of storytelling that at once recalls the classics of the nineteenth century and introduces apocryphal luxuries of the sixteenth century the century of the monstrous and angelic Orsini The main character the hunchback Duke Pier Francesco Orsini c1513–84 is best known for his celebrated Parco dei Mostri at Bomarzo near Viterbo begun 1552 which contained a Classical Temple a Leaning House a Mouth of Hell many garden sculptures some extraordinary even by Mannerist standards an exedra a nymphaeum a grotto fountains and inscriptions from Ariosto Dante and PetrarchThe lengthy and detail laden novel is a rich tapestry of Renaissance Italian court life full of adventures intrigue violence and most of all literature Many allusions to Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and one has to be awed by the author's knowledge of the multiple editions of the work Unfortunately for me the only thing missing from this novel was any mention whatsoever of music Long out of print the only US edition published in 1969 by Simon Schuster is still readily available on the web and worth tracking down Bomarzo is a great novel and deeply enjoyable by anyone with an interest in and some knowledge of Italy in the 16th century

  5. says:

    the autobiography of a hunchbacked fratricidal devil worshiping Renaissance Italian noble ultimately less fun than it sounds There's a lot of lovely pageantry and some effective existentialaesthetic horror there's a lot of Borges and Silvina O'Campo here appropriate given they were all from Buenos Aires but it gets repetitive both in terms of the narrative itself and as a character study for the Duke himself It also does the thing that a lot of historical narratives do where like Don uixote or Paracelsus run across the page in some minor capacity and I kind of hate that It's not a bad book but it would have been a much better one at 300 pages as opposed to 700 or whatever Library book but I don't think I'd bother to hold on to this in any case

  6. says:

    Bomarzo was definitely one of the best reading experiences of my lifeFar than a typical historical novel Bomarzo is a one of a kind introspective extensive view over the thoughts and actions of the protagonist the duke of Bomarzo and his slow descent towards the heart of darkness The writing of Mujica Láinez conveys such a trip with the finest of details in a baroue style that is nothing short of bewitchingFar beyond being a notorious display of the Italian Renaissance Bomarzo is a uniue character study one that we can extrapolate to our very selves because just like the duke of Bomarzo we secretly long for immortality and we have to live in the fine balance between our wish for wisdom and the perfect control of mind over our bodies; and our animal carnal instinct for sexual pleasureIf we have to label Bomarzo as an historical novel I'd say it is the first one that chronicles the History of the human mind itselfRecommended for everyone who's not afraid of 600 page books with small print As António Mega Ferreira wrote “Bomarzo” is completely “unputdownable”

  7. says:

    Reviewed by Seraillon

  8. says:

    An amazing book My teacher gave me this book as a gift when I finished high school At first I was reluctant because of the extreme density of the writing HOWEVER the story is constructed impeccably and the narrator becomes a character with such an incredible richness to his story that before you realise you finish the book

  9. says:

    Very rich language It´s a history about a anti heroeHe is a renaissance prince very ugly but delicate soul

  10. says:

    I like the way the narrator describes the story and how he justifies his actions Although I don't really like this period in history it is a very good book I do find it too long

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