The Museum of Useless Efforts

The Museum of Useless Efforts In The Museum of Useless Efforts Cristina Peri Rossi renders familiar everyday situations uncanny through lyrical reinterpretations at the same time she somehow makes the uncanny appear quite ordina

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  • Title: The Museum of Useless Efforts
  • Author: Cristina Peri Rossi Tobias Hecht
  • ISBN: 9780803237261
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In The Museum of Useless Efforts Cristina Peri Rossi renders familiar, everyday situations uncanny through lyrical reinterpretations at the same time, she somehow makes the uncanny appear quite ordinary Crafting peculiar and sometimes claustrophobically small worlds, Peri Rossi explores the universal themes of desire, violence, and truth and the simultaneous and contradiIn The Museum of Useless Efforts Cristina Peri Rossi renders familiar, everyday situations uncanny through lyrical reinterpretations at the same time, she somehow makes the uncanny appear quite ordinary Crafting peculiar and sometimes claustrophobically small worlds, Peri Rossi explores the universal themes of desire, violence, and truth and the simultaneous and contradictory human capacities to repress and resist, speak and silence, desire and ignore In these tales an insomniac is tormented by a stubborn lamb that refuses to jump over the fence the momentary hesitation of a man on a crowded subway staircase who forgets whether he was going up or down unleashes pandemonium and a patient receives a frantic call from his psychoanalyst, distraught that his wife has taken a new lover.

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    1. Cristina Peri Rossi is an Uruguayo writer who went into exile in 1972 (the height of the military’s dirty wars) so i was expecting passion. I guess it is also reasonable for an exile’s writing to become dry, sardonic, bitter? Or as one GR reviewer stated re these stories: "some are not useless".This is a small book of vignettes - not really stories - many of which just try way too hard and you feel embarrassed in place of the writer. Well, i did.f'instance:“The rest of the block was taken [...]

    2. I was sure I'd like this, but you know what they say about being sure It makes a SHHH out of R and E.Anyway, I found the writing to be too precise and lacking in depth. It was like trying to read a very varnished and shellacked piece of wood. I couldn't keep my mind concentrated on the words, because there wasn't anything to hold onto but description.

    3. From "The City":He was certain that once, in his dream, he had discovered the gender of the presence. This discovery filled him with excitement as he slept, but upon awakening the certainty disappeared. It didn’t fade, it vanished, overshadowed by diurnal reality.‘The presence,’ he said, ‘could be a man. Nothing leads me to believe that it is a woman.’‘Any sexual definition, my darling, strikes me as scandalous. We are the sex we were assigned; at best we accept it. Let’s hope that [...]

    4. The precise rendering of the dreamworld, shared archetypal images and journeys, and a supreme sense of irony are among the facets of this literary gem -- in the Spanish original Unfortunately, much of Peri Rossi's tone is diminished, her strong voice quieted in the translation.Based on the '' system, I'd give the original a 5+ -- the translation a 3.5 - 4.0I AM biased -- I have a personal bone to pick with the translator, but the weakness of the translation can be assessed simply by sitting down [...]

    5. So many good ideas But so little development. Yes, this is a book of short stories; however, they needed more than the 3 or so pages that most stories got to develop at all. These felt like outlines of stories to be written later.

    6. This was a fantastic read, Cristina Peri Rossi is just a brilliant writer. I loved every story in this collection. A fascinating, insightful and creative set of stories.

    7. A collection of melancholy short stories. Some are powerful, some are sad, some are painful, some are not useless.

    8. Alas, I no longer own a copy of this wonderful collection of stories. I lent my copy to a friend long ago, et puis, c'est tout.

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