From Publishers Weekly
His serpentine lyricism tempered by whiplash irony, Uruguayan novelist Onetti evokes the moral devastation of a provincial town where the townsfolk mount a "holy war" against a bordello.
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From Library Journal
This powerful work by Uraguayan writer Onetti is a significant contribution to the art of Latin American fiction. Set in the fictional provincial town of Santa Maria, the novel centers around two stories. The first tells of the founding of the "perfect brothel" by Larsen, or Body Snatcher, as he is known. When permission is granted by the city council for the establishment of a legal brothel, the Snatcher is called upon, only to encounter animosity and rejection from the town's people. The other story revolves around Julita, a demented widow who takes the younger brother of her late husband as her lover. This novel illustrates a viewpoint typical in the work of Onetti, as the characters strive to achieve perfection but are prevented by circumstances from doing so. The heterogeneous cast of characters is large and linked only by circumstance and serendipity. This is not merely a good book but represents an important addition to English scholarship in the literature of Latin America. Highly recommended.- Mary Molinaro, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington
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