Praise. Praise for Alejandro Zambra’s Bonsai “The ‘last truly great book’ I read has to be Alejandro Zambra’s Bonsai. A subtle, eerie, ultimately wrenching. Through both the distance and closeness of these young lovers, Alejandro Zambra brilliantly explores the relationship between art, love, and life. Bonsai is. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra.

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It was a clear sky and the stars were twinkling away as is their want. Return to Bonsi Page. This is the story of two students who bonsao 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. And eventually, of course, Emilia dies; we knew that was coming. Paperback84 pages.

On the surface this is a couple who like each other and appreciate their sexual romps.

Bonsai – Alejandro Zambra

More days without purpose: There is also a wry humor integrated in the otherwise somber plot that gives it wings and keeps it from plummeting into melodrama. Often it seems as if he is not interested in a story, but the story about the story, as if you were hearing the story second hand. Like the bonsai, love is precious because it can die. A bonsai is never called a bonsai tree. The rest is literature.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

Attest our timidity as a prelude to stronger days? Bonsai begins with what appears as the beginning of a framed story—it leaves no doubt where the story will go, only how it will get there. At the same time, Julio also begins to research the art of bonsai and cultivate his own bonsai tree.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. I don’t want to know why there’s so much shit in this neighborhood, why you came to live aleiandro this neighborhood full of caca, replete with cunning glances, with weird young people, with fat ladies dragging bags, and with fat ladies who aren’t dragging bags but who walk very slowly. It is both tiny and exquisite.

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That’s all it alejandto. Caring for a bonsai is like writing, thinks Julio. Bonsai is the first piece of literature that I read in Spanish. Absurdist, like the novel. View all 57 comments. Later comes the despair, then misfortune of knowing they will never be able to find it. There is this wonderful Spanish verb used, follar, and I wonder if the translator has indeed translated it alrjandro. It was a total cover buy and I read the German translation.

Zambra moves between characters who read Flaubert, Proust and finally a character who pretends to be transcribing a book by a Chilean author and creates his own work in doing it. 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.

Writing is like caring for a zsmbra, thinks Julio. Product details Format Paperback 94 pages Dimensions Bonsai is an appealing miniature, a novella that, despite its brevity, feels airy and full. Sep 15, Isabel Benavides rated it liked it. In the end Emilia dies and Julio does not die.


Some characters are dismissed outright for being irrelevant. Prision Perpetua Ricardo Piglia. I read this short story after a very annoying day proofreading a translation by a very bad translator.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra – A Review

Knowledge of a thing cannot impede it, but there are illusory hopes, and zabmra story, which is become a story of illusory hopes, goes on like this: Open Preview See a Problem? Si rimane davvero affamati alla fine della lettura: Once outside its flowerpot, the tree ceases to be a bonsai. It is a stunning accomplishment. May 01, karen rated it liked it Shelves: Book ratings by Goodreads.

Yet literature does not come easy. And better still after the third reading. And turned on I zammbra.

It was the following sentence that was the reason: This tiny book is dripping with melancholy. Were there no other novels published? However, this novella did not stir any feelings in me.

The relationship between Emilia and Julio was riddled with truths, with intimate revelations that rapidly established a complicity that they wanted to understand as definitive. Preview — Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra. In the end Zamra dies and Julio does not die. Books by Alejandro Zambra. I really hope that one is going to be a better experience.