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FREE BOOK ì The Tunnel ⚜ One of the great short novels of the twentieth century in an edition marking the th anniversary of the author s birthAn unforgettable psychological novel of obsessive love, The Tunnel was championed by Albert Camus, Thomas Mann, and Graham Greene upon its publication inand went on to become an international bestseller At its center is an artist named Juan Pablo Castel, who recounts from his prison cell his murder of a woman named Mar a Iribarne Obsessed from the moment he sees her examining one of his paintings, Castel fantasizes for months about how they might meet again When he happens upon her one day, a relationship develops that convinces him of their mutual love But Castel s growing paranoia leads him to destroy the one thing he truly cares aboutFor than sixty five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than , titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators Really wanted to nail this in one sitting, but still managed it in two, wow , this still retains it s power to shock all these years later, disturbing and even funny, Sabato features possibly the most chilling ending I have come across to date Narrated by an artist in jail that being Juan Pablo Castel who practically goes about stalking a woman named Maria after he spots her eying one of his canvases in a gallery From this moment on he forces his way into her life, learning she has a blind hu Really wanted to nail this in one sitting, but still managed it in two, wow , this still retains it s power to shock all these years later, disturbing and even funny, Sabato features possibly the most chilling ending I have come across to date Narrated by an artist in jail that being Juan Pablo Castel who practically goes about stalking a woman named Maria after he spots her eying one of his canvases in a gallery From this moment on he forces his way into her life, learning she has a blind husband, and ex lovers drives him deranged with jealous envy A perverse effect of the candour in Castel s retrospective account is that it almost makes you forget he s a murderer, believing this is an ordinary man, just telling a story It wasn t always uncomfortable, and has some darkly humorous moments throughout The lurking horror of his crime is all thegross for its subtlety, that s what makes El T nel so darn chilling A fantastic psychological short novel Missing out on top marks though because I still felt it s story somehow seemed unbalanced One of the giants of Latin American literature, Ernesto S bato 1911 2011 lived most of his life in Buenos Aires, Argentina and periodically committed his own manuscripts to the flames, noting in one interview with wry satisfaction how fire is purifying Fortunately, in addition to many essays, three of his novels survive Before commenting on The Tunnel , his first novel written in 1948, some observations on his other two On Heroes and Tombs , S bato s dark, brooding 500 pager includes an e One of the giants of Latin American literature, Ernesto S bato 1911 2011 lived most of his life in Buenos Aires, Argentina and periodically committed his own manuscripts to the flames, noting in one interview with wry satisfaction how fire is purifying Fortunately, in addition to many essays, three of his novels survive Before commenting on The Tunnel , his first novel written in 1948, some observations on his other two On Heroes and Tombs , S bato s dark, brooding 500 pager includes an entire hallucinogenic, mindbending section, Report on Blind People The novel also features young Martin and the object of his obsessive love, Alejandra, a reclusive young lady who deals with serious bouts of madness With every page turned, a reader is led ever further down murky, winding corridors of memory and imagination Not an easy read And S bato s second full length novel, The Angel of Darkness is even darker andbrooding, where S bato himself takes on the role of main character and first person narrator In one outlandish scene, S bato has a nightmare where he shows up on his wedding day as groom wearing only his underwear, marrying a television celebrity with blind Jorge Luis Borges standing in as best man I mention Borges s blindness since this novel also involves a search for a Society of the Blind rud to be responsible for all the world s ills With its unique combination of magical realism and philosophic reflections, I judge this as one of the greatest novels ever written However, on this point, I am an army of one since nearly all critics and readers cite this work as dense, heavy and overly cerebral Turning to The Tunnel , Juan Pablo Castel, first person narrator of S bato s short novel, is a painter who becomes obsessed with a young woman who has a particular appreciation for a scene in one of his paintings And although The Tunnel is the same length as Camus s The Stranger and both are considered works of existential alienation, the obsessive Castel is a universe away from Meursault s indifference And to whom may we compare Castel For my money, narrators in Tommaso Landolfi s tales of obsession aristocratic and condescending down to their toes, looking at their fellow humans, even those educated and cultured, or, perhaps, especially those educated and cultured, as a rabble of vulgar, ugly, gluttonous, gross morons.Back to Castel s obsession for the young woman The opening line of the novel It should be sufficient to say that I am Juan Pablo Castel, the painter who killed Maria Iribarne Hi sits in the room where he is locked up and writes down how once he set eyes on Maria Iribarne he was driven mad by desire This is one compelling story Once I started reading, I couldn t put the book down until I finished My sense is S bato wanted his reader to do exactly that read in one sitting to get the full emotional and psychic impact of Castel s obsession At one point Castel relates a nightmare where he is in an unfamiliar house surrounded by friends and one sinister stranger We read, The man began to change me into a bird, into a man size bird He began with my feet I saw them gradually turning into something like rooster claws Then my whole body began to change, from the feet up, like water rising in a pool but when I began to speak it was at the top of my voice Then I was amazed by two facts the words I wanted to say came out as squawks, screeches that fell on my ears as desperate and alien, perhaps because there was still something human about them, and, what was infinitely worse, my friends did not hear the squawking, just as they had not seen my enormous bird body This nightmare foreshadows a scene in The Angel of Darkness where S bato walks down a street in Buenos Aires, having been transformed into a half blind, barely aware, four foot bat The theme of blindness pops up continually Maria Iribarne s husband is blind During one emotionally charged conversation, Castel accuses Maria of deceiving a blind man At another point, Castel conveys how he was blinded by the painful glare of his own shyness and at still another, how his blindness prevented him from seeing a flaw in an idea And, turns out, we can see how Castel s obsession made him blind when it came to Maria For example, the following exchange where Castel first converses with her The hardness in her face and eyes disturbed me Why is she so cold I asked myself Why Perhaps she sensed my anxiety, my hunger to communicate, because for an instant her expression softened, and she seemed to offer a bridge between us But I felt that it was a temporary and fragile bridge swaying high above an abyss Her voice was different when she added But I don t know what you will gain by seeing me I hurt everyone who comes near me Sabato s The Tunnel 1948 resembles Camus The Stranger 1942 , for both are spare, short novels featuring murderer protagonists as first person narrators, men who are profoundly alienated not only from their societies but also from any meaningful personal relationship But the two protagonists are very different from each other too Camus hero Meursault, a shipping clerk, is an unimaginative man alienated from his own emotions Sabato s hero Castel, a well known painter, experiences his emoti Sabato s The Tunnel 1948 resembles Camus The Stranger 1942 , for both are spare, short novels featuring murderer protagonists as first person narrators, men who are profoundly alienated not only from their societies but also from any meaningful personal relationship But the two protagonists are very different from each other too Camus hero Meursault, a shipping clerk, is an unimaginative man alienated from his own emotions Sabato s hero Castel, a well known painter, experiences his emotions intensely but projects them all onto a woman, the only woman he believes who can ever fully understand him Meursault s alienation leads to a murder of indifference, Sabato s to a murder of obsession.The reader watches in growing frustration and horror as Castel poisons what might have been a brief, sweet dalliance with a married woman who notices something in one of his paintings he believed only he and his ideal woman could ever see His relentless, all consuming hunger for her absolute devotion devours each romantic encounter, draining it of joy, and further intensifying his isolation Then one day, that isolation blossoms into crime.This is a fine book about the desperate loneliness of romantic obsession If such an obsession has ever touched your life, you should find this short novel both disturbing and fascinating.So why is it called The Tunnel Sabato and Castel explains this metaphor toward the end of the book it was if the two of us had been living in parallel passageways or tunnels, never knowing that we were moving side by side, like souls in like times, finally to meet before a scene I had painted as a kind of key meant for her alone, as a kind of secret sign that I was there ahead of her and that the passageways finally had joined and the hour of our meeting had comeWhat a stupid illusion that had been that the whole story of the passageways was my own ridiculous invention and that after all there was only one tunnel, dark and solitary mine, the tunnel in which I had spent my childhood, my youth, my entire life. El t nel The Tunnel, Ernesto S batoThe Tunnel is a dark, psychological novel, written by Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato, about a deranged traditional painting technique, Juan Pablo Castel, and his obsession with a woman The story s title refers to the symbol for Castel s emotional and physical isolation from society, which becomes increasingly apparent as Castel proceeds to tell from his jail cell the series of events that enabled him to murder the only person capable of understanding him M El t nel The Tunnel, Ernesto S batoThe Tunnel is a dark, psychological novel, written by Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato, about a deranged traditional painting technique, Juan Pablo Castel, and his obsession with a woman The story s title refers to the symbol for Castel s emotional and physical isolation from society, which becomes increasingly apparent as Castel proceeds to tell from his jail cell the series of events that enabled him to murder the only person capable of understanding him Marked by its existential themes, The Tunnel received enthusiastic support from Albert Camus and Graham Greene following its publication in 1948 20081386 174 9644482956 201387 160 9789649234816