Delirium

Delirium

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Internationally acclaimed for the virtuosity and power of her fiction, Laura Restrepo has created in Delirium a passionate, lyrical, devastating tale of eros and insanity.

Aguilar, an unemployed literature professor who has resorted to selling dog food for a living, returns home from a short trip to discover that his wife, Agustina, has gone mad. He doesn’t know what has happened during his absence, and in his search for answers, he gradually unearths profound and shadowy secrets about her past.

On one level, Delirium reads like a detective story, as the reader pieces together information to discover the roots of Agustina’s madness. But it is also a remarkably nuanced novel whose currents run much deeper, delving into the minds of four characters: Aguilar, a husband passionately in love with his wife and determined to rescue her from insanity: Agustina, a beautiful woman from an upper-class Colombian family who is caught in the throes of madness; Midas, a drug-trafficker and money-launderer, who is Agustina’s former lover; and Nicolás, Agustina’s grandfather. Through the mixing of these distinct voices, Laura Restrepo creates a searing portrait of a society battered by war and corruption as well as an intimate look at the daily lives of people struggling to stay sane in an unstable country.

Delirium already has been awarded the 2004 Premio Alfaguara, the 2006 Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France for best translated fiction. It is an ambitious and deeply affecting masterwork by one of Latin America’s most important contemporary voices.

Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer.



Baker & Taylor
Aguilar returns from a brief business trip to find that his wife, Agustina, has had a complete mental breakdown, and as he struggles to help her regain her sanity, he begins to realize how little he knows about his wife's troubled past.

Blackwell North Amer
Aguilar, an unemployed literature professor who has resorted to selling dog food for a living, returns home from a short trip to discover that his wife, Agustina, has gone mad. He doesn't know what has happened during his absence, and in his search for answers, he gradually unearths profound and shadowy secrets about her past.
On one level, Delirium reads like a detective story, as the reader pieces together information to discover the roots of Agustina's madness. But it is also a remarkably nuanced novel whose currents run much deeper, delving into the minds of four characters: Aguilar, a husband passionately in love with his wife and determined to rescue her from insanity; Agustina, a beautiful woman from an upper-class Colombian family who is caught in the throes of madness; Midas, a drug-trafficker and money-launderer who is Agustina's former lover; and Nicolas, Agustina's grandfather. Through the mixing of these distinct voices, Laura Restrepo creates a searing portrait of a society battered by war and corruption, as well as an intimate look at the daily lives of people struggling to stay sane in an unstable country.

Baker
& Taylor

An unemployed literature professor reduced to selling dog food for a living, Aguilar returns from a brief business trip to find that his wife, Agustina, has had a complete mental breakdown, and as he struggles to help her regain her sanity, he begins to realize how little he knows about his wife's troubled past. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2007
Edition: 1st ed. in the U.S.A
ISBN: 9780385519908
0385519907
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 22 cm

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-Fernweh-
Apr 20, 2016

I'll be honest, I didn't quite care for the style of writing in this book. With the absence of quotation marks and lack of periods, it was sometimes difficult to know who was speaking, or what was thought, and what was dialogue.
That being said, it was still an enjoyable read. Some mystery mixed in with insight into what can cause some people to lose their sense of reality.

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Jul 24, 2015

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