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Ls of the time Across the ocean in Mexico the last Aztec emperors play their own games as conuistador Hernán Cortés and his Mayan translator and lover La Malinche scheme and conuer fight and fuck not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the course of history And in a remote Mexican colony a bishop reads Thomas More’s Utopia and thinks that instead of a parody it’s a manualWorlds collide time coils. 45 With its scenes of Caravaggio and Spanish poet uevedo playing a hungover tennis match using a ball stuffed with Anne Boleyn s hair in lieu of a duel over some slight no one can remember Counter Reformation popes scheming and receiving gifts of exuisite iridescent New World featherwork and Cort s and Malinalli La Malinche in bed and an attempt to create Utopia which or less worked resorting to synopsis is the most obviously attention grabbing ways to open a review of this book Sudden Death is one of those po mo antinovels of bits and pieces tangentially related historical fictions are interspersed with excerpts from centuries old treatises a few of the author s autobiographical musings and how I wrote this book ness and games like a series of emails with his editor which he is not given permission to publishbut they re here and they couldn t have got here without it Some such books including one I ve been reading recently The Physics of Sorrow jump and meander along arbitrary streams of consciousness but Enrigue has created a highly organised example I can t really do better than Lee s metaphors for the structure and reading of Sudden Death but the discrete nature of most of the chapters excepting the very last few where paragraphs from different stories begin to blend resembles reading a series of articles open in different browser tabs dealing with a few different topics of interest skipping from one subject to another to avert boredom Relationships and motifs begin to build up between the articles although they were not originally created to be read together Except these were A working knowledge of sixteenth century history Western Europe Central America will make this a less challenging read than it may be without most main characters would be familiar albeit not everything they do Some of it s just made up other events are the kind of salaciousness and specialist detail not found in yr avg general survey textbook and might be juicy finds even for some seasoned historians In one of his commentary chapters Enrigue states all novels even the most chaste are a tiny bit pornographic This is not the most chaste of novels One feels a little embarrassed on behalf of Galileo in particular were those extravagantly bawdy sexual opinions amusing though they are to some readers and implying experience of congress with livestock anything to do with his real self Though in best early modern fashion Enrigue couches those smutty lines within a beautifully poignant scene one that hints at the fluidity of romantic friendships between some intellectual men of the era The book helped resolve uestions remaining after a small historical debate with a friend some time ago Was the conuest of the Aztecs ualitatively different from most other acts of colonialism given their extremes of human sacrifice and torture To what extent was it comparable to overthrowing the Nazis I wondered what Latin American peoples non historians thought were certain European methods of killing at that same time in history horrifying because alien And what might it feel like to be descended from Aztecs Do they have any role in assertions of indigenous identity One contemporary Mexican author in his forties obviously doesn t speak for everyone but he clarified a certain amount For once history was just a particularly bloody realm reduced to a single barge Though that didn t mean the good guys had won The good guys never win Outside of the Holy Roman Empire s triangle of influence the conuistadors must have been perceived by the majorities that surrounded them as a tribe with an inevitably superior technology of death but also with less of a thirst for blood than the previous occupants of Mexico s imperial capital Not that the recent arrivals were humanists on a mission to improve anyone s life but at least they didn t make sacrifices to frenzied and glamorous gods lovers of spectacle and gore like none before or since Their sacrifices were to a bland and pragmatic god called money statistically lethal than the four divine Tezcatlipocas put together but also slower in its means of causing harm If in 1521 the nose of Hern n Cort s s horse marked the furthest reach of the Holy Roman Empire by 1538 the Aztecs were already as lost and mythical a people as the Atlanteans or the Garamantes and their genetic material lay at the bottom of Lake Texcoco or had been circulated for the last time through the lungs of those who breathed in the smoke of the huge piles of bodies burned after the fall of Tenochtitlan We Mexicans aren t descendants of the Mexicas but of the nations that joined with Cort s to overthrow them We re a country whose name is the product of nostalgia and guiltAlthough evidently a handful of Aztecs survived late in the book appears Huanitzin and his son a nobleman skilled in the art of featherworking who made among other treasures a mitre gifted to the pope that is also handled by Caravaggio elsewhere and decades later in the bookMost curiously the Aztec language had a character almost opposite to its speakers terrifying reputation Mexican Spanish at times so disconcerting and easy to misinterpret gets its warmth and courtesy from Nahuatl the gentlest and most gracious of tongues an airy bird like form of speech When someone from Madrid or Montevideo walks into a room he says Permiso and that s it In contrast a Mexican erects a syntactic edifice so complicated that it reuires both a negative clause and a verb in the conditional If it s no trouble might I come in It s not that they re sappier or sentimental than other Spanish speakers it s just that Mexican Spanish is crisscrossed with the scars of Nahuatl In our mental hard drives the file of the mother tongue still opens at certain prompts even though it s been two or three hundred years since we spoke itHuanitzin s attempts to speak Spanish result in much punning confusion Translator Natasha Wimmer also responsible for putting Bola o into English must have worked some kind of transposingrewriting magic here It would be fascinating to know what the original wordplays were as they don t translate directly at least according to my school Spanish Cort s asked Huanitzin what else he needed in order to pay tribute to the emperor Shoes he replied What kind asked the conuistador imagining that he must be cold and want woollen slippers Like yours said Huanitzin who being an Aztec noble and a featherworker considered a provincial suire turned soldier to be of a class beneath his With cockles Cockles asked Cort s The Indian pointed to the captain s instep festooned with a golden buckle and inlaid with mother of pearl Buckles said the conuistador shoes with buckles What an elegant double reference to shells The featherworker shrugged his shoulders If you need anything let me know What could I possibly need I don t know a handsome peasant to take to the pope A peasant To flail him as a sign of our devotion No one touches His Holiness Of course that s why he s pope but I m sure his bishops flail him Hail him That s right flail him Not a handsome peasant the padre continued to provoke him Why He s a man of God Huanitzin he must be eighty years old It s a matter of coming up with the right peasant Huanitzin concluded wrinkling his brow and fingering the scanty beard he might better have shaved How can you think of a peasant for the pope A nice one answered the Indian Then unperturbed he bid the bishop goodbyeEven funnier in context given various antics of clergymen and noblemen with young men that precede this in the novel I very much like this intriguing UK cover I go for geometric designs anyway and this is essentially one made from 3D objects wonder if the designer made them in reality not only on a screen they look very solid they are the waddingcotton insides of old style tennis balls bound in regular patterns with thread before receiving their final outer leather covering For as described in the book it was only in some places in the sixteenth century not everywhere the sinister and decadent fashion to make tennis balls from the hair of the executedI can t uite fathom why this didn t feel like a 5 star book whilst reading it sure as hell sounds like one whilst writing it up That elusive whatever it is just wasn t there enough of the time or maybe I was simply tired With the right combination of subcultural and academic interests you might fall in love with it on the first page for bringing such things together in a single sentence In 1451 Edmund Lacey Bishop of Exeter defined the game with the same suppressed rage with which my mother referred to the falling apart Converse I wore as a kid ad ludum pile vulgariter nuncupatum Tenys There are a few bits of untranslated Latin and Italian most near the beginning Enrigue often says what the book isn t but afterwards it comes together as a novel of living history I recommend writing about it than most books I ve read reviewing made sense of it in my head and isn t only a way of trying to describe it to others The tennis match doesn t seem directly relevant to structures of the modern world unlike the political history or the explanations of which public buildings now stand where Aztec edifices once did but its physicality the descriptions of play really fire off the mirror neurons I could feel the actions just as I would if watching tennis on TV and its witty playfulness meshes with the rest to allude to a literary mood of the times of its setting Rabelaisian Shakespearean Yet the presence of tennis arguably references that recent po mo literary institution Infinite Jest someone should write a review comparing the two as tennis novels whilst on a completely different scale the ultra short chapters in Sudden Death are moulded to the twenty first century idea of the internet pruned attention span or commuter read modern buildings for which the old invisibly provides foundations Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Harvill Secker Penguin Random House UK from whom I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest reviewFurther uotes in the status updates

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Traditions break down There are assassinations and executions hallucinogenic mushrooms bawdy criminals carnal liaisons and papal dramas artistic and religious revolutions love and war A blazingly original voice and a postmodern visionary Álvaro Enrigue tells the grand adventure of the dawn of the modern era breaking down traditions and upending expectations in this bold powerful punch of a novel Game set match.. About 30 pages into this book I wasn t entirely sure what was happening but I decided to accept that feeling and buckle up for the ride And what a ride it was Sudden Death describes a fictional tennis match between the Italian painter Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Francisco uevedo Interspersed between the games are snippets from historical texts emails with his editor and storylines featuring other prominent historical figures such as Hern n Cort s and Vasco de uiroga Like the tennis ball in the match the reader bounces around wildly from story to story and the result is disorienting and mind bending in a good way First of all this was a lot of fun and I certainly haven t read anything like it before Enrigue loves to play with reality so that it s difficult to distinguish between fact speculation and pure imagination The novel is full of violence beheadings religious movements and war Enrigue breaks up these brutal tales with bits of humor so that one minute you re wincing at a death and the next you re chuckling at the ridiculousness of some of the characters sometimes the wincing and the chuckling is happening at the same time Enrigue explores so many themes in Sudden Death from language translation and the power of words to art and the responsibility of the artist The chapters are generally short and move uickly but I found myself constantly pausing to look up a historical figure or a movement or one of Caravaggio s paintings My history knowledge is rather rusty at the moment so it would be interesting to reread this at a later point with a better understanding of the historical contextI was able to attend an event with the author and he said that the novel is a proposal It s up to the reader to bring their own interpretations to the table The author was able to say so much in such a short novel My review is just scratching the surface I want people to read this so that we can discuss If you want to hear me talk about this novel I discussed it in my February wrap up

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Sudden Death begins with a brutal tennis match with the bawdy Italian artist Caravaggio and the loutish Spanish poet uevedo battling it out in Rome before a crowd that includes Galileo Mary Magdalene and a generation of popes who would throw Europe into flames In England Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII execute Anne Boleyn and her wily executioner transforms her legendary locks into the most sought after tennis bal. This is the best book I ve read in years An indictment history and hope Caravaggio in a tennis match with a Spanish poet A tennis ball made from Anne Boleyn s hair The savage diplomacy of Hern n Cort s A mitre of feathers for the Pope made by the recently conuered natives of the Americas These are all things that happened in this book but it s not what it s about This is a book about today It s a book about how our past and the choices we make today affect our now and future It s a story about the battle for Mexico It s a story about our current wars This could be one of the most important pieces of literature written in our time As I begin to fully grasp what Enrigue did with this book I m convinced that the novel is not in danger The novel is evolving and in Sudden Death we see the plumes of decay and history through a new light and what we thought was dead is very much alive

10 thoughts on “Muerte súbita

  1. says:

    Sudden Death by Alvaro EnrigueA book that’s hard to classify but I think it’s mostly a historical novel told in vignettes or less tied in with the history of early tennis Mostly the time frame is during the Renaissance lets say the 1400

  2. says:

    This is the best book I've read in years An indictment history and hope Caravaggio in a tennis match with a Spanish poet A tennis ball made from Anne Boleyn's hair The savage diplomacy of Hernán Cortés A mitre of feathers for the Pope made by the recently conuered natives of the Americas These are all things that happened in this

  3. says:

    I have felt like a tennis ball while reading this unclassifiable novel My attention my head was bopping from Tenochtitlan during the 1530s to Piazza Navona around 1599 where another ball game was taking place between the painter Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio in Lombardy and Francisco de uevedo the Spanish poet from the Golden Age Spanish Literature And back to Tenochtitlan Back to Navona Sometimes the ball fell i

  4. says:

    I'm happy to have had the opportunity to read this in advance and interview the author Generally it's a great beguiling book like a mystery nov

  5. says:

    Amazing writing Amazing And great translation by Natasha WimmerThis is powerful writing about art religion opposites transitions the Spanish conuest of Mexico love politics and conflict In only 260 pages Enrigue creates a multi dimensional web of time and place He peoples it with many famous people and works of

  6. says:

    45 With its scenes of Caravaggio and Spanish poet uevedo playing a hungover tennis match using a ball stuffed with Anne Boleyn’s hair in lieu of a duel over some slight no one can remember Counter Reformation pop

  7. says:

    I’m not exactly sure what I just read; but that’s okay because the author doesn’t know either As I write I don’t know what this book is aboutHah I told you Although in the first instance anyhow it’s about a tenni

  8. says:

    it's no coincidence that when speaking of someone's death in mexico we say he hung up his tennis shoes that he went out tennis shoes first we are who we are unfixable fucked we wear tennis shoes we fly from good

  9. says:

    About 30 pages into this book I wasn't entirely sure what was happening but I decided to accept that feeling an

  10. says:

    uite erudite and some lovely tidbits about various things that do interest me uite a lot tales of New World first encounters Caravaggio Anne Boleyn But don't believe people who say it's not about tennis There's a lot of tennis And I like tenni

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