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Seis problemas para don Isidro Parodi

Author: Jorge Luis Borges; Adolfo Bioy Casares
Publisher: Madrid : Alianza Editorial, ©1998.
Series: Libro de bolsillo., Biblioteca de autor ;, 23.; Libro de bolsillo., Biblioteca de autor., Jorge Luis Borges.
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In an unusual twist on the traditional armchair detective, Don Isidoro Parodi, jailbird and former barbershop owner, unravels each mystery brought to his cell by a host of flamboyant characters, parodies of different elements of Argentinean society. Among these, an easily duped journalist, an actor who gives a new meaning to egotism, and members of a Buenos Aires literary circle, each more absurd than the next, are
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Genre/Form: Short stories, Argentine
Mystery fiction
Fiction
Novela
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jorge Luis Borges; Adolfo Bioy Casares
ISBN: 8420633909 9788420633909
OCLC Number: 50591292
Description: 183 p. ; 18 cm.
Contents: Las doce figuras del mundo --
Las noches de Goliadkin --
El dios de los toros --
Las previsiones de Saniácomo --
La víctima de Tadeo Limardo --
La prolongada busca de Tai An.
Series Title: Libro de bolsillo., Biblioteca de autor ;, 23.; Libro de bolsillo., Biblioteca de autor., Jorge Luis Borges.
Other Titles: 6 problemas para don Isidro Parodi
Responsibility: Jorge Luis Borges, con Adolfo Bioy Casares.
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In an unusual twist on the traditional armchair detective, Don Isidoro Parodi, jailbird and former barbershop owner, unravels each mystery brought to his cell by a host of flamboyant characters, parodies of different elements of Argentinean society. Among these, an easily duped journalist, an actor who gives a new meaning to egotism, and members of a Buenos Aires literary circle, each more absurd than the next, are some of the clientele who stop by the prison to see if don Ididoro is "in" for a consult. As with most of Borges' fiction, there are ample literary references; these add to the unrelenting and cutting humor wielded against Argentinean intellectuals, but the characters speak for themselves. Some of the plots are as farfetched as the characters, including a diamond stolen from Russian royalty and a precious stone lifted from a Chinese temple; others, such as "Free Will and the Commendatore," underscore philosophical problems. The stories are playful even when they are serious; H. Bustos Domecq does not miss an opportunity to poke fun at the characters, and the authors, Borges and Casares, take every chance to make much of Bustos Domecq, their illustrious pseudonym.

Siempre hay duplas exitosas, y no sólo por que el resultado de la dupla sea un éxito económico, si no por que algunas veces dos personas talentosas se unen para formar un todo que va más allá de sus talentos individuales. Eso ocurre con este libro. Tengo entendido que fue concebido una tarde (o noche) en la estancia de Bioy Casares, entre copas de caña y charlas intelectuales. A pesar de su orígen social, Borges siempre adoró a los malevos y al tango y, en este libro, ambos han recreado de manera muy precisa la vida en los conventillos de Buenos Aires donde ambas cosas (los malevos y el tango) tienen su orígen. Pero, también han sabido usar un humor sarcástico y casi ácido a la hora de retratar a las personas de "alcurnia" que visitan la celda de Don Isidro (un preso inocente devenido a detective con una capacidad asombrosa para deducir los casos que se le presentan). Imperdible. Un detalle: el "lunfardo" y la forma de hablar de lo que, en los años 1930-1940, se consideraba "un porteño canchero."

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