The Confessions of Dorian Gray: The Complete Series One and Two, by Simon Barnard et al

20695672“To have written such a book was nothing… to convince the world it was a work of fiction was a triumph!”

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic story of hedonism and corruption, The Confessions of Dorian Gray imagines a world where Dorian Gray was real, and his friendship with Oscar Wilde once spawned the notorious novel. (from Goodreads)

I got this audiobook because is starred by one of Versailles’ main actors and I was feeling blue after the end of the second season. “I NEED MORE” was my basic thought. And it fulfilled this need, so that was good.

I really enjoyed listening to it. It takes Wilde’s character and gives him so many more stories! I liked their approach, the “cameos” from other well known literary characters and how they adapted Gray’s personality to different eras (they brought him up to the 21st century!). It really gave me second thoughts about my wish to live forever…

I’m looking forward to listen to the remaining stories!

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Informe sobre ciegos, by Alberto Breccia

6630804English title: Report on the Blind

This book compiles of various adaptations from short stories drawn by Alberto Breccia, a well known cartoonist here. The one that titles the book is an adaptation from the main chapter in Ernesto Sábato’s Sobre héroes y tumbas (On heroes and tombs). Other works included in this book are The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, La gallina degollada by Horacio Quiroga, The monkey’s paw by W. W. Jacobs, Where the tides ebb and flow by Lord Dunsany, Acuérdate by Juan Rulfo and Semejante a la noche by Alejo Carpentier.

Again, this book was lent by my friend during vacations, mostly to show me his illustration style. Even though I can see and understand the greatness of his work, it didn’t please me aesthetically. It’s just not my style, but it’s a very interesting work to look at, anyway. He definitely manipulates perfectly the suspense through the images, and the strangeness that surrounds some of these stories. Some vignettes were just breathtaking, particularly in Report on the blind.

Malvinas: el sur, el mar, el frío, by VV. AA.

30114268English translation: Falkland: the south, the sea, the cold

This book compiles several graphic short-stories which have the Malvinas War as main subject. They portrait the life around that time, the current life of veterans, ghosts from the past, a remembrance to those who didn’t come back, their families, episodes of war and such things.

This war occurred in 1982, when Argentina confronted Great Britain over Malvinas’ sovereignty. It was a desperate measure from a dying dictatorial government trying to gain acceptance among the people, but it turned out as such a tragedy, where a lot of young men lost their lives and a lot others got theirs ruined.

Up to this day the wound remains open and our nation keeps claiming sovereignty over the islands, but through diplomacy.

This book was lent to me by a friend during our vacations.

El cuento naturalista francés, by various authors

25687776Naturalism was a literary movement, “born” from literary realism. Naturalistic writers were influenced by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. They often believed that one’s heredity and social environment largely determine one’s character. Whereas realism seeks only to describe subjects as they really are, naturalism also attempts to determine “scientifically” the underlying forces (such as the environment or heredity) influencing the actions of its subjects. Naturalistic works often include uncouth or sordid themes, exposing the harshness of life, including poverty, racism, violence, prejudice, disease, corruption, prostitution, and filth. Because of this, the writers were highly criticized. The book was a random anthology of tales, one by author, including works from Zola, Daudet, Maupassant and others. Some of them, like Daudet, never recognized themselves as part of this literary style, but they’re included nowadays.