The Garden Next Door by Jose Donoso

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A Chilean writer and his wife escape to Madrid, where they try to recapture their creativity and renew their lives on a vacation, but find their peace shattered by their son's antics and severe writer's block. By the author of A House in the Country.

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Donoso obsessive subject is the decay of the Chilean bourgeoisie, but he vigorously rejects anything reminiscent of traditional realism or the portrayal of regional customs. In This Sunday (1966), he focuses on a family's activities on Sundays in order to view the boredom, passions, and misery of Chilean bourgeois society and its servants. The Obscene Bird of Night (1970) deals with the decline of feudal society through the story of a landholding family in a kaleidoscopic vision of decay and outrageous behavior.
Published September 1, 1992 by Grove Pr. 243 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Julio's depression (occasionally relieved by peeping in at the gorgeous life of the young noblewoman who lives next door) all but sinks Gloria, who falls apart utterly- -a collapse that spins the novel in the direction of a surprise ending as bookish and downbeat as the rest of the story.

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Julio and Gloria Mendez, two Chilean writers who fled to Spain after the Pinochet coup, find themselves at the nadir of their professional and emotional lives in this taut, complex drama about the dis

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Supposedly at work on revisions of a novel (already turned down once by his literary agent) that he hopes will transform him from a minor member of the Latin American literary boom into a star in his own right, Julio instead spies on the seemingly charmed life of a beautiful young woman who lives...

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