Friday, December 10, 2010

Aimless Reading: The L's, Part 17.1 (José Lezama Lima)


Paradiso
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
Lezama Lima, José
Paradiso


Purchased online at queleer.com, an excellent source for Spanish language texts, in case you happen to be looking.

What began in the summer of 2008 as The Summer of Reading in Spanish, soon became The Year of Reading in Spanish, during which time I read only novels written in said language.

I continued to do read them after the year was up, but not exclusively. I felt like I was getting pretty good at it after reading 2666 by Roberto Bolaño and Corazón tan blanco by Javier Marías, both of which are long and fairly dense, especially the latter.

Child's play, it turns out.

I think I made it through about fifty pages of this before I had to put it down. I even looked at the English translation and found that difficult.

Alas. Sometimes we fail.

from Paradiso

La mano de Baldovina separó los tules de la entrada del mosquitero, hurgó apretando suavemente como si fuese una esponja y no un niño de cinco años; abrió la camiseta y contempló todo el pecho del niño lleno de ronchas, de surcos de violenta coloración, y el pecho que se abultaba y se encogía como teniendo que hacer un potente esfuerzo para alcanzar un ritmo natural; abrió también la portañuela del ropón de dormir y vio los muslos, los pequeños testiculos llenos de ronchas que se iban agrandando, y al extender más aún las manos notó las piernas frías y temblorosas.

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