Púrpura profundo

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Tusquets Editores, 2000 - Fiction - 172 pages
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Agustin has just retired from his job as a music critic for a newspaper. Sebastian, a close friend and head of the entertainment section, encourages him to write his memoirs. As Sebastian enthusiastically devours the pages written by the music critic, the reader is dragged into Agustin's amorous world, his multiple affairs with Virginia Tuten, the violinist whose exotic Caribbean fire almost burned his marriage to the ground, with the pianist Clint Verret, who was not the only man in his life, with Clarissa Berdsley, a diaphanous horn player... Every musician with whom he became involved touched a new chord in him. And when he conquered a new musician, he got more than their bodies--he believed he had their deep purple, that inner melody that all of us strive to achieve.

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Las descripciones de las diferentes experiencias eróticas son tan vívidas y agradables de leer, que uno casi se olvída de los detalles morbosos y no tan placenteros. Uno se pregunta por qué la gente hace esas cosas persiguiendo un poco probable placer sensual. Yo personalmente no veo la posibilidad de placer en muchas de las descripcionesñ y sin embargo la gente se muestra convencida y dispuesta a realizar esos actos. Aunque el tema es incomprensible para mí, no niego que es interesante a veces, y tal vez por eso ha sido agradable la lectura. 


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Mayra Montero was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1952, but has lived in Puerto Rico since the mid 1960s. She studied journalism in Mexico and Puerto Rico and worked for many years as a correspondent in Central America and the Caribbean. She is presently a highly acclaimed journalist in Puerto Rico and writes a weekly column in El Nuevo Dia newspaper. Montero's first book was a collection of short stories, Twenty-Three and a Turtle. Her second book, a novel titled The Braid of the Beautiful Moon, was a finalist for the Herralde awards, one of Europe's most prestigious literary awards. Each of her subsequent books -- The Last Night I Spent With You, The Red of His Shadow, In the Palm of Darkness, and The Messenger -- has been published in the United States in translations by Edith Grossman, as well as in several European countries. Her other nonfiction work appears frequently in scholarly and literary publications throughout the world.

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