Thursday, December 08, 2022

Books of the Week: From McCarthy’s (Older) Literature to Female Vengeance

The 90-year-old author returns after 16 years with two novels in a single volume that delve into the waters of madness and mathematics

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Cormac McCarthy is back. Sixteen years after publishing “La carretera”, it presents two novels divided into one or two, with the aim of complementing each other. “El Pasajero” and “Stella Maris” are both names of works that were published separately in the United States and in a six hundred page volume in the Spanish edition.

A diptych in which the author wonders, at the age of ninety, thanks to a plot related to the labyrinthine world of physics, mathematics and madness. The protagonists are brothers Bobby and Alicia Western, children of a father who participated in the construction of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and who years later inhabit the remains of a world that has given up hope in humanity and reason. The story of “The Passenger” takes place in Mississippi during the eighties, where Booby, after studying physics, decides to dedicate himself to salvage diving. One of their jobs is to locate a sunken plane in the Gulf of Mexico and in which one of its ten dead passengers, still restrained in the plane, is missing. This fact does not cease to amaze Bobby, who sees in his dreams the shadow of his dead father and the wake of his sister Alice, admitted to a psychiatric clinic in Wisconsin with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and who is, after all, the second novel. soul from

madness and fraternity

Because “Stella Maris”, which takes place in 1972 and is based on Alice’s conversations with her psychiatrist, focuses on madness, as her frantic search for basic mathematical principles drives her to the edge of a cliff, and whose brother , Bobby, prefers not to speak. Two novels, then, in one? Who knows what McCarthy will propose when he undertakes this work in which things never complement each other. Deep down there is always a flaw, something missing that will never return, an unspoken relationship between stories like a bond between brothers and one that lives with no resolution.

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Both novels caused wonder, plunging into a world so deep and puzzling

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The truth is that these two creations edited together do not go in vain.

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