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  • 344 pages
  • La fragilidad de los cuerpos (Verónica Rosenthal, #1)
  • Sergio S. Olguín
  • Spanish
  • 19 February 2017

10 thoughts on “La fragilidad de los cuerpos (Verónica Rosenthal, #1)

  1. says:

    Me gust Un libro entretenido, gil y muy al contrario de lo que yo cre a antes de empezar a leer, de muy f cil lectura.Si le tengo que criticar algo ser a la relaci n Veronica Lucio que me pareci bastante dem s y poco interesante, creo que no le aporta nada al libro sol escenas de sexo y algo de morbo y la hace a Ver nica un personaje de pel cula cuando en realidad creo que se la quiere describir como una persona com n y corriente, no se si se entiende lo que quiero decir pero esa fue mi sensanci n Por lo dem s, todo el resto, la invetigaci n, los personajes, como todo se va resolviendo me gust y me convenci.


  2. says:

    Right, where on earth do I begin, to get across to everyone how intensely, sublimely brilliant The Fragility of Bodies is A book shot through with painful truths and gritty realism, and with the ability to put its reader through a whole gamut of emotions with its pared down prose, perceptive exploration of the human compulsion to make connections, and larger themes of trust, exploitation and social injustice This is a huge, important book hiding behind the deceptively simple label of an Argentine noir thriller, but has much to say about the nature of human relationships, and the power and exploitation of the few on the lives of the many With such a self assured, dogged, yet emotionally turbulent central character as journalist, Veronica Rosenthal, I was instantly entranced by her She sets about her investigation into the worrying trend of suicides on local railway lines, with verve and energy a verve and energy that also extends to the base needs of her character, and the mutual seduction that occurs in the course of her investigation She is flighty and independent, in relation to her friends and siblings, but she has a real strength of character and essence of self control, that her peers can only aspire to Not only does Olguin put his readers through the emotional mangle, but Veronica is tested constantly in her pursuit of the truth behind the pattern of suicides occurring on train tracks of late, sucking her into a world of bribery and exploitation that will prove dangerous in the extreme I can truthfully say that she is one of the most well realised, compelling and authentic female characters that I have encountered for a long time, and this mix of tenacity and bravery, is beautifully tempered by the impulsive, reckless and passionate side of her nature, be it in her professional or personal life.The breadth of crime fiction set in South America has been a recent revelation to me, and Olguin naturally captures the grinding poverty, misplaced optimism, and dangerous existence of the lower classes of Buenos Aires society Young boys believe that football is their ticket out of the slums and the path to riches, but putting them squarely into the path of those that would exploit them, and such is their desperation to escape the clutches of poverty and to help their families, or just to feel valued that they are easily coerced into the dark activities of the adults in whom they trust Olguin perfectly captures the conflicts that arise in these young boys, lured into a dangerous form of chicken to satisfy the men who place bets on these youngster s bravery and ultimately survival, with the lure of a hundred pesos.The world of these boys is unflinchingly depicted by Olguin, capturing the deprivation of the neighbourhoods they live in, the struggles of their families, and the thin line that exists between survival and criminality in the dangerous world of the favelas Olguin s depiction of this world is written with sharp clarity appealing to the reader s senses, and which cannot fail to move the reader s emotions too, but what is also detectible is the thin veneer of hope that lies behind the most meagre of lives, the feeling that not all is lost, and that a sense of morality can breach the divides Olguin so truthfully depicts As long as journalists like Veronica, and honest citizens seek to expose the morally bankrupt despite the risks, there can always be hope, despite the inherent danger in society of those in positions of power.The Fragility of Bodies has rocketed into my best books of the year, and all I can say to Sergio Olguin and his wonderful translator Miranda France, is that I am already salivating for the next in the series to be translated This book shocked, moved and completely absorbed me from beginning to end, and think this will leave a few of my future reads trailing in its wake Gritty, beautifully prosaic, and intensely moving, I cannot do justice to the power of this book, which moves the emotions, sparks the social conscience, but pays heed to the need of a thriller to excite and entertain us too, with a truly compelling central character Highly recommended.


  3. says:

    La primera novela de una nueva saga con una protagonista femenina que resulta ser de lo m s interesante de la novela Hay una buena construcci n del personaje que se perfila como una incorporaci n interesante a los investigadores privados de la narrativa policial La trama que investiga incluye corrupci n pol tica, la explotaci n de chicos de origen humilde tem ticas que ya trat Olgu n en novelas anteriores como Oscura mon tona sangre y en menor medida en sus libros juveniles, en particular El equipo de los sue os y una trama perversa de juegos mortales Quiz s en este sentido es que se encuentra una progresi n un poco lineal que, hacia el final de la novela, encuentra un punto de desv o con un hecho inesperado En resumen una novela interesante que presenta una protagonista que promete nuevas aventuras a tener en cuenta.


  4. says:

    La fragilidad de los cuerpos es una novela de policial negro que parece tenerlo todo denuncia, cr tica social, muerte de inocentes, sexo, persecuciones, obsesiones y alcohol Sin embargo, no todas esas partes encajan demasiado bien y, en general, se tiene la sensaci n que lo nico interesante que ocurre son las escenas de sexo entre la protagonista y un amor imposible.La trama policial es excesivamente mod lica y hasta caricaturesca Los pobres son los buenos, los que est n desprotegidos, los que han ca do alguna vez en alg n infierno y los malos son los ricos Olgu n mete con f rceps esta idea el realmente malo, el l der de la banda es un pol tico corrupto menemista, para m s obviedades que fue intendente de un pueblo perdido de Misiones del cual se tuvo que ir por acumulaci n de denuncias Misiones es una de las provincias m s pobres de la Argentina, con lo cual, uno se imagina que el intendente, por m s poderoso que sea, no deja de ser un caudillo de baja estofa y altos ndices de brutalidad Sin embargo, no Tiene que ser rico porque los ricos son quienes deben ser los malos Entonces, ese tipo vive rodeado de seguridad privada, de secretarias amables y serviles, sabe comportarse frente a una dama, sabe qu ordenar en un restaurant de elite Esta sensaci n de caricatura se incrementa tanto con la descripci n de la vida de Ver nica como una jud a de clase media alta intelectual como con los di logos inveros milmente bien articulados que pueblan la novela Adem s, Ver nica, una periodista apasionada , est todo el tiempo obsesionada con el caso pero, en realidad, en la novela parece mucho m s concentrada y dedicada a tener sexo que en investigar Tan as es que la mayor cantidad de las pistas no las consigue ella sino que se las consigue un exnovio que es el prototipo del Deus exMachina y un cura que, en dos p ginas, conoce a Ver nica, confiesa estar enamorado de ella, rompe el secreto de confesi n, decide dejar de ser cura y coge con Ver nica Highlights que uno debe mencionar para mostrar que efectivamente ley el libroRealmente se lee r pido.La protagonista es hincha de Atlanta Ense anzasEs inveros mil la cantidad de veces que el autor describe qui n lleg antes a una reuni n y qui n lleg despu s.Hay algo interesante en la construcci n temporal de la novela Los cap tulos no est n contados desde una nica perspectiva sino de las de cada uno de los personajes que aparecen Eso no es particularmente interesante porque todo parece demasiado f cil para el lector pr cticamente, no hay secretos que queden descubrir sino un m nimo riesgo para la protagonista Lo que s es interesante es c mo cada subcap tulo se va montando sobre el final del anterior, como en una especie de disco de Manu Chao, en el que una canci n termina cuando la otra est empezando A pesar de eso, es problem tico porque muchas veces, hay una sensaci n de repetici n que perturba.


  5. says:

    Veronica is a journalist for a popular magazine, she s talented and has an eye for a story When she hears of a child s death on the railway and the train driver is traumatised, she feels this could be interesting from a human emotion side, but she soon finds there is so much to the story.Poor young boys, are drawn to a local football team, the coach Rivero offers them a chance to make some money, a game he says This evil man sets two boys a game of chicken, against a train, the last one to jump off the tracks is the winner Oh and men gamble on this The train drivers on the routes, are on tenterhooks their whole shift, just waiting to see someone on the tracks and to hear the crunch of bone Veronica finds out about this and is determined to make it end, but puts herself and anyone close to her in real danger.can she stop this barbarity I really love the way this is written, Veronica is a strong, single woman who pees, has periods and enjoys sex her way.not often you read of the real parts of life in this way..Set in Buenos Aires, It also shows the dark side of life, the exploitation of those in poverty, the young and desperate.a fascinating and utterly engaging read I ve been very lucky to read some excellent novels recently but this is one of the best I ve read this year.Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book and this is my honest, unbiased review.


  6. says:

    Es m s un 3.5


  7. says:

    In the field of crime fiction, a field that sometimes feels overcrowded, its wonderful to find a book with a great premise The Fragility of Bodies is one such book The premise of this novel is very simple and surrounds the death of children on train tracks, e.g children knocked over by trains This, of course, happens all over the world Children and adults risk crossing the tracks when the barriers are down at level crossings Children play at the side of the tracks Children play on the tracks Some might try and block the tracks for fun by piling things onto the tracks which of course can cause a train to derail or they might make dares, play chicken with each other and the train, etc This is the premise for this novel, in which Veronica Rosenthal, a young journalist on a news magazine, takes an interest in the number of deaths of children on the Buenos Aires rail tracks.Many a plot of a novel has come from the question What If And reading this novel, you can almost see the author asking that question in his mind What if some of those deaths, deaths that happen around the world, were not accidents To be sure such deaths happen in poor countries than rich ones, where safety and security standards are not as good Also, such deaths in those poor countries are likely to be subject to less rigourous investigation So it is in this novel The deaths that are at the core of the narrative are of street children, kids who grew up in the slums of Buenos Aires and come from deprived homes I ll avoid spoilers, but needless to say, Veronica discovers that the spate of deaths she s happened upon are no accidents She starts to investigate and those that are causing the deaths take umbrage to her sniffing around.There are two other aspects of this novel that I liked very much The first is that as a former journalist myself, the way Veronica comes across the story of the deaths on the train tracks is very authentic Journalists discover stories in many ways and often than not its almost accidental You see or hear something which grabs your interest, you look into the story a little , and then you find something bigger The most famous example, of course, is Watergate Initially, it was reported as just a break in But then journalists most notably Woodward and Bernstein discovered There were many though obviously much less dramatic examples of this in my own career in current affairs television We would look into an issue only to find something much bigger beneath the surface In The Fragility of Bodies it s the suicide of a train driver He s left a note expressing remorse for the children he s killed Veronica looks into this and discovers he s referring to children that he ran over when driving his train Soon she learns that a lot of train drivers on the same line have had similar experiences and her investigation spirals from there This, as I say, is very realistic to how journalism works Often a journalist finds one thing, that leads to another, and another, and before they know it the story they are working on is completely different from what they had imagined.The second aspect of this novel that I very much like is its lack of a serial killer That probably reads like a really weird thing to write, but bear with me I m going to have to be very careful here not to divulge spoilers, and I won t say anything else about the plot, except to say that the deaths are not caused by a serial killer To me, that s excellent, because a real bugbear of mine is the number of serial killers in crime fiction Now don t get me wrong, I enjoy some serial killer books and films I m not saying I ll never read or watch one again, nor am I saying that I ll never enjoy one again When such stories are done well, they can be tremendous But there is something a little lazy about the number of authors who churn out serial killer stories Apart from the fact that serial killing is actually incredibly rare, it s also just not very imaginative So it s refreshing when one comes across a novel that doesn t include a deranged psycho killer to push the narrative on My one criticism of this novel is that some of the plot is contrived Veronica Rosenthal is the daughter of a very powerful and politically connected lawyer She uses this to find things out and I found this a little grating It s almost a get out of jail free card, the author able to have Veronica find anything, get out of any predicament, by playing this ace Basically, the author uses this to dodge any difficulties in his plot This was most obvious in the last quarter of the novel where the action sped up and she started to call in favours with increasing frequency It felt like the author had pushed himself and his protagonist into a corner and had no way of extricating themselves other than the use of this trick Personally, I would have kept the pace of the first three quarters and had this a book about the journalists method I would have foregone the action at the end and made it akin to a legal thriller, where the tension is in the revelations than kinetic violence That said, this is a very good book and one I enjoyed immensely I would definitely read by this author and hope that of his work is translated into English.


  8. says:

    Olgu n hizo una profec a con respecto al esc ndalo en el f tbol que sucede hoy en d a en Argentina, denunciado por Natasha Jaitt en los medios Es muy similar la trama, el reclutamiento de j venes sin recursos, que son explotados por los equipos de f tbol, a costa de su salud sexual e integridad.


  9. says:

    Veronica Rosenthal is a journalist that has heard of the increased suicides of teenagers on the train tracks in Buenos Aires She learns about the train drivers that are on edge afraid of coming across another teen standing on the tracks and waiting for their body to hit the train Veronica knows that something is going on and is determined to find out what and stop it.What she learns is teenagers are trying out for soccer for a way to escape their poverty A local coach is then guiding them to play chicken with the trains The last one off the tracks is the winner But this is not just about the poor kids that die Some very rich people are placing bets on these kids.This is an amazing story I was instantly drawn in and feeling so bad for these kids that are doing whatever they can to try to survive poverty Sadly there are those out there that are willing to do whatever they want to exploit this desperation Veronica is one heck of a journalist She is smart and determined to get to the bottom of the deaths Of course those people placing the bets on the teen s lives are very willing to kill to keep Veronica quiet and there is no help from the authorities This story is well written I loved all of it and can t wait to read from Sergio Olguin.I received a complimentary copy of this book I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.


  10. says:

    Olguin introduces us to journalist Veronica Rosenthal with her teeth into a story that starts with the psychological stress suffered by train drivers after deaths on the line suicides, accidents But soon it turns darker focussing on the dire games of chicken played out by young boys from the poor districts and shanty towns Darker still is the notion that these games are organised by a corrupt circle of powerful and connected gamblers.I found the premise of the book fascinating, the social observation detailed, the pace towards the end gripping if somewhat fantastic Not so charmed by Veronica herself and her graphic sexual grappling but that s a matter of personal likes Maybe it s a portrait of a psychology that spurs her on to ruthless pursuit of the story.A good read and a definite recommend to crime readers interested in contemporary Latin American writing.With thanks to Bitter Lemon Press for the review copy.


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About the Author: Sergio S. Olguín

Sergio Olgu n naci en Buenos Aires en 1967 y estudi Letras en la universidad de esa ciudad Trabaja como periodista desde 1984 Fund la revista V de Vian, y fue cofundador y el primer director de la revista de cine El Amante Ha colaborado en los diarios P gina 12, La Naci n y El Pa s Montevideo Es jefe de redacci n de la revista Lamujerdemivida y responsable de cultura del diario Cr tica de