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When he reads about a mysterious explosion in the distant countryside the narrator’s thoughts turn to his disappeared childhood friend M who was abducted from his home years ago during a spasm of political violence in Bueno Exuisite start to finish Seriously some of the finest writing on memory and loss I ve ever had the pleasure of reading The Planets was my first Sergio Chejfec and most certainly will not be my last I m blown away This one will stick with me for a very very long time

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Relive the time they spent together wandering the streets of Buenos AiresSergio Chejfec’s The Planets is an affecting and innovative exploration of mourning remembrance and friendship by one of Argentina’s modern masters Very definitely not a book to be rushed through It demands to be mulled over slowly Very digressive and meditative I found it to have much the same conceptual content as a lot of the poetry I ve been reading lately

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S Aires in the early s He convinces himself that M must have died in this explosion and he begins to tell the story of their friendship through a series interconnected vignettes hoping in this way to reanimate his friend and Uneven ultimately parts of it are lovely deeply felt and engaging and parts are not failing alternately for being too vague or too explicit Too many connections are explained which should have been left to intuit and too much time is spent talking about silence when some actual silence would have sufficed I m left with the suspicion that this book isn t uite about what Chejfec thinks it s about that the Sebaldian meditations on identity memory and the city are ultimately weightless and beside the point I like Chejfec s style and I look forward to reading his future books but I wish that he would stop trying to write like Sebald and write like himself He s a surprisingly good storyteller this was something I never managed to realize in My Two Worlds and a better storyteller than philosopher The existential conclusions the book draws are disappointingly obvious and do not explain the book as if the book itself were a planet that could not see the star it was orbiting PS I won my copy of this book through a GoodReads giveaway so would like to thank Open Letter for that and for their general fabulousness


10 thoughts on “Los Planetas

  1. says:

    Both of Chejfec's books that have been translated into English The Planets and My Two Worlds have proven themselves somewhat difficult to get through Not because Chejfec is a difficult writer per se nor because

  2. says:

    A good book about friendship identity and political violence and terror Sometimes it drags too much and I would prefer a bit action and less introspection and a bit of humor too So overall it's a uite boring book Excellent translation

  3. says:

    Exuisite start to finish Seriously some of the finest writing on memory and loss I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading The Planets was my first Sergio Chejfec and most certainly will not be my last I’m blown away This one will stick with me for a very very long time

  4. says:

    Uneven ultimately — parts of it are lovely deeply felt and engaging and parts are not failing alternately fo

  5. says:

    Sergio Chejfec writesNeither of us would have imagined that years later these events would be written down on paper If we had foreseen this we would have acted differently guiding our steps according to our idea of posterity; fortunately we did not This foreseeing should be clarified however given that if M knew the reasons why I would end up writing these pages he certainly would have done what was needed to avoid his abduction though in

  6. says:

    DISCLAIMER I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it So take my review with a grain of salt or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it uite well Also I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book since it would benefit Open Letter directlyNot really as tight as My Two Worlds but maybe emotionally gri

  7. says:

    A surprisingly moving story of mourning written in a meandering dense philosophical style that touches on politic

  8. says:

    Very definitely not a book to be rushed through It demands to be mulled over slowly Very digressive and meditative I found it to have much the same conceptual content as a lot of the poetry I've been reading latel

  9. says:

    I won’t pretend to completely understand everything that is going on in The Planets Despite that I can appreciate that with its publication by Open Letter Books Sergio Chejfec has presented English readers with a gentle novel on friendship grief and loss It is ostensibly a collection of memories told to us by the narrator about his childhood friend M M was abducted during Argentina’s Dirty War He disappeared his fate unknown

  10. says:

    A very strange and surreal book I don't really know how to explain the plot so I'll let the publisher do it for me When he reads about a mysterious explosion in the distant countryside the narrator’s thoughts turn to his disappeared childhood friend M who was abducted from his home years ago during a spasm of political violence in Buenos Aires in the early 1970s He convinces himself that M must have died in t