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Andamios (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – April 15, 2000


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Text: Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mario Benedetti (b. Uruguay, 1920) is one of the most popularly acclaimed figuresof modern Spanish writing and has won numerous international awards. He has published overseventy works and has been traslated into twenty languages.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Aguilar, Altea, Taurus, Alfaguara, S.A. de C.; Alfaguara edition (April 15, 2000)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9681903285
  • ISBN-13: 978-9681903282
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mario Benedetti pertenece a la misma generación de Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes y José Donoso y es uno de los escritores que mejor ha sabido integrar la búsqueda estética con la conciencia política. Su mundo novelístico plasma uno de los más profundos y elevados retratos literarios de la sociedad de América latina. Sus novelas son consideradas hoy eslabones indispensables para comprender la evolución de la novela sudamericana desde los años setenta hasta nuestros días.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luis Méndez on September 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
En esta época llena de avances tecnológicos. Pletorica de inventos; en los que la velocidad de los cambios hubiera dejado perplejo al más visionario de los futuristas, nosotros estamos cada vez más aislados, más torpes en cuanto a relaciones interpersonales, mas alejados de todo. Nos escudamos como buenos ciudadanos dentro de nuestras cuatro paredes y nuestra parafarnelia de inventos que nos entretienen y nos educan e ignoramos como buenos ciudadanos a nuestro prójimo. No solamente no nos importa lo que pase al lado, sino que también huimos ante cualquier posibilidad de acercamiento de alguna parte. La política del buen vecino no ha cambiado, pero sí sus técnicas. El buen vecino no es aquel que viene a ponerse a tus ordenes cuando recién llegas a un sector, sino al que no le interesa en lo mas mínimo quien sé esta mudando.
Así también los seres humanos se aíslan en diferentes ámbitos como el religioso. Se esgrime la Biblia, supuestamente el vehículo de Dios no para ayudarnos a amar, sino para erigir muros de intolerancia y sectarismo, de odio disfrazado de falsa piedad, de chisme, encubierto en censuras estúpidas.....
La literatura y los escritores puntualizan estos aspectos muy bien con el sentimentalismo que les falta a los sociólogos que ven la sociedad como una gran estructura y se olvidan que esa estructura esta compuesta de personas. Los novelistas muchas veces se han adelantado a los acontecimientos, no porque tengan un poder de visionarios o profetas, sino porque su sensibilidad los hace ver los cambios de la sociedad antes de que estos ocurran.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
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It is a wonderful story with a mix of feelings about the rediscovery of your own country, your friends, images, fragances, everything. For those of us who one way or the other have been away, it is a touchy and excellent way to remember
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1998
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I read this book when I was only seventeen, but Benedetti's ideas were so deep and and understandable at a time. You can really learn about feelings from this book. You will actually get to know, appreciate and admire the characters. Its comedic and tragic parts, make of it a truly versatile book. It can make you learn a lot from Latin American culture and also underdstando lots of our deepest feelings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aglae J. Demizrahi on January 3, 2008
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Andamios/scaffoldings
Andamios is an excellent Latin-American piece of work, where the author, Mario Benedetti, relates the story of Javier, who had been exiled in Spain (for political reasons) from Uruguay for a period of twelve years. Javier, a journalist, comes back to find Uruguay in a general atmosphere of political, social and personal lack of conformism, political submission and, above all of loneliness.
However, we cannot say it is a novel, as the author himself conveys. Actually, it is a merge of utterly exquisite prose, dialogs, letters, dream's narration and poetry that Benedetti uses intermittently back and forth to covey different aspects and ideas that occupy Javier's inner self as he returns to Uruguay. For example, he uses faxes to express his economical and socio political points of view. He uses dialog to summarize other's (perhaps his old acquaintances and not so friends) positions in life, and also utilizes poetry to beguile us with his great talent as a writer.
It is definitely worthwhile to read Andamios, Benedetti's first "sort of novel" since "La Tregua"- The Truce-. However, if you are reading Benedetti for the first time, it is a whole more worthwhile to read his novel "La Tregua" first.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aglae Rodríguez de Mizrahi on August 11, 2002
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Andamios by Mario Bennedetti

Andamios is an excellent Latino American literature work, where the author, Mario Benedetti, relates the story of Javier, who had been exiled in Spain (for political reasons) from Uruguay for a period of twelve years. Javier, a journalist, comes back to find Uruguay in a general atmosphere of political, social and personal lack of conformism, political submission and, above all of loneliness .
However, we cannot say it is a novel, as the author himself conveys. Actually, it is a merge of utterly exquisite prose, dialogs, letters, dream's narration and poetry that Benedetty uses intermittently to covey different aspects and ideas of his (Javier's) return to Uruguay. For example, he uses faxes to express his economical and socio political points of view. He uses dialog to summarize other's (perhaps his old friends and not so friends) positions in life, and also utilizes poetry to bewilder us with his great talent as a writer.
It is definitely worthwhile to read Andamios, Benedettis first "sort of novel" since "La Tregua". However, if you are reading Benedetti for the first time, it is a whole lot better to read his novel "La Tregua" first.
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