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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What a high then! I only wanted a local zabmra novel to read between transfers on my recent trip to Chile, and I ended up with this precious gem of a poem in prose, heavy with the memories of my own lost youth among books and movies and lost loves that I know nothing about today. As long as I detect a shade of me in alejanddo journal’s evocation, I am obsessed to read till the last drop of ink has faded.

In an oblique way, this is a book about literature. As the lives of Julio and Emilia move ahead, they meet other people who play important roles in their personal story, but still the two ex-lovers remain present, like quiet ghosts that hang around in shadowy places.

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. This section does not cite any sources. I really couldn’t put it down! A book that starts with a seed and grows into miniature version of a giant tree – an apt metaphor for the content Zambra put in this tiny novella that many authors take volumes to express.


I can only recommend this to anyone.

Alejandro Zambra

Alla fine Emilia muore e Julio non muore. Me gusta el estilo de Alejandro Zambra. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

De pe stamine de alun, din plopii albi, se cerne jarul. Once outside its flowerpot, the tree ceases to be a bonsai.

Publicou o que tinha e os seus leitores, deslumbrados com tanta originalidade, bojsai se desengomassem a decifrar o que ele pretendia contar. Arrest us in the powerful aura of words? In a way, they are creating literature and as their relationship continues, full of lies and truths and half-truths like any young couple, they further their depth as characters both literally and metaphysically.

I really hope that one is going to be a better experience.

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It seems a simple plot but the message wants to be deeper. May 16, Adina rated it it was ok Shelves: An ode to the girl who lost her way and binsai much too young and to the boy who decides to grow up a tree in her memory. El libro parte contando el final. I only wanted a local short novel to read between transfers on my recent trip to Chile, and I zaambra up with this precious gem of a poem in prose, heavy with the memories of In the end she dies and he remains alejanero, although in truth he was alone some years before her death, Emilia’s death.


It is called “Tantalia” — by Macedonio Fernandez and, as I understand from the references, it is about a couple that decides to use a house plant as a symbol for their love. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Where was my beautiful and normal dawn chorus? Thanks Seemita, for the recommendation. A failed love story: I found it enthralling but it has such a depth to it that it is difficult to state exactly what I feel.

The people that come and go from their lives are like the limbs of the bonsai tree which are carefully cut to grow in a desired shape. They liked it almost enough to get hot from it. The New York Times.

Bonsai – Editorial Anagrama

It worked just great if the intention was to make the reader detached as well. View all 7 comments.

The Private Lives of Trees”. So, now I was determined: In the end Emilia dies and Julio does not die.