Condenado a la seriedad y a la impostura, Julio, el silencioso protagonista de Bonsái – la novela que supuso el brillante debut narrativo de Alejandro Zambra– . Eso es lo que ha hecho Alejandro Zambra en este libro que, del mismo modo que un bonsái no es un árbol, más que una novela corta o un relato largo es una . Zambra’s first novel, Bonsái, attracted much attention in Chile and appeared in the Spanish Editorial Anagrama, which was awarded the.

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Alejandro Zambra

Preview — Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra. And as the love that unites them is immense and they are not willing to sacrifice it for any reason, they decide to lose the little plant in a multitude of identical little plants.

I am bit puzzled why this won the prize, maybe there weren’t many books published that year, who knows. Breaking of heart, again: It is a stunning accomplishment.

The fragility of life noela love is explored in beautiful and breathless prose that makes this elliptical little novel well worth the time. The normal dawn chorus had been replaced bya cacophony of jays and crows. Bonsai is a quiet little novel with quite the emotional punch. This complex and effective combination of detached-affectionate writing that pulls the reader in, make them emotionally invest in the stories of Julio and Emilia and long for some more.

How’s this for a promise? It seems a simple plot but the message wants to be deeper. It is the intricate potting of a story within a story that really sticks with the reader, the half-truths of life that go on to become a work of art, the literature housed in the container of experience.


Thanks Seemita, for the recommendation. The container is normally a flowerpot or an interesting chunk of rock. I returned to my warm, comforting bed and woke up again at 7 am. I looked again at this short story and the scales fell from my eyes bonssai I could finally understand this sparkling diamond of a book.

Editorial Anagrama in Spanish. It worked just great if the intention was to make the reader detached as well.

In this second novel, a writer tells his stepdaughter a bedtime story called “The Private Lives of Trees” same title as the novelwhich he plans to end when the mother returns home from work. Want to Read saving….

And Zambra doesn’t do anything much, besides telling me a story about Julio, who could well be sitting across me in this cafe and reciting the content, verbatim. Characters silently sweep on and off the stage, love is found and lost within the length of a paragraph, revelations are made and people are lost forever, all without rising from noveka soft idyllic tone that Zambra executes with the care of one polishing expensive glassware.

Zambra makes reference to it. What I love most is the way this novella makes literature seem like the most important aspect of life. This is what Alejandro Zambra has done in this book, which, in the same way that a bonsai is not a tree, is neither a short-novel nor a long-story: El libro parte contando el final.

A novella about literature, love of literature and the impending doom of seriousness. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I don’t get it!! Archived from the original on November 13, I read this short story after a very annoying day proofreading alejanndro translation by a very bad translator.

Bonsai – Editorial Anagrama

Zambra’s story is about the ramifications of falling in and out zambfa love, of lying about reading Proust, about bonsais. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


The darkness was beginning to disappear and so I sat on the alejandrk with a black coffee and a tablespoon of honey, I watched the dazzling sun come up and I was soon on my reread. When Julio fell in love with Alfjandro all the pleasure and suffering previous to the pleasure and suffering that Emilia brought him turned into simple imitations of true pleasure and suffering. Surely it would have been better with a Chilean translator who would know all the literary nuances relating to the language of that country?

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However, the story itself is a series of containers. I was impelled to determine if so bold an opening was foolish or brilliant.

View all 8 comments. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is the story of two students who are enthusiasts of truth, of scattering sentences that seem true, of smoking eternal cigarettes, and of closing themselves into the intense complacency of those who think they are better, purer than others, than that immense and contemptible group known as the others.

Nov 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing. In the story of Emilia and Julio, in any case, there are more omissions than lies, and fewer omissions than truths of the kind that are called absolute and that tend to be uncomfortable.