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El adversario

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (17 valoraciones)
Longitud:
172 páginas
3 horas
Publicado:
Sep 1, 2000
ISBN:
9788433933386
Formato:
Libro

Descripción

El 9 de enero de 1993 un hombre mató a su esposa, sus hijos y sus padres, e intentó sin éxito suicidarse. La investigación reveló que no era médico, tal como pretendía. Mentía desde los dieciocho años y se había construido una existencia ficticia. A punto de ser descubierto, prefirió suprimir a aquellos cuya mirada no hubiera podido soportar. Una escalofriante historia real que es un viaje al corazón del horror y ha sido comparada con A sangre fría de Truman Capote.

Publicado:
Sep 1, 2000
ISBN:
9788433933386
Formato:
Libro

Sobre el autor

Emmanuel Carrère (París, 1957) se ha impuesto inter­nacionalmente como un extraordinario escritor con cinco celebradas novelas de no ficción, todas ellas publicadas por Anagrama: El adversario: «Novela apasionante y reflexión de escalofrío» (David Trueba); Una novela rusa: «Un relato original, multidireccio­nal y perturbador» (Sergi Pàmies); «Un libro sincero –ahora que es tan difícil encontrarlos–, atrevido, va­liente, brutal, el striptease de un escritor» (Juan Ma­nuel Villalobos, Letras Libres); De vidas ajenas (el mejor libro del año según la prensa cultural france­sa): «La novela me ha impresionado mucho. Una experiencia literaria brutal. Me apasiona» (Pedro Al­modóvar); «Una narración sobre la dignidad huma­na» (Jesús Ferrero); Limónov (galardonada con el Prix des Prix a la mejor novela francesa, el Premio Renaudot y el Premio de la Lengua Francesa): «Se lee a un ritmo vertiginoso» (Rafael Narbona, El Mundo), «Escritor tan insólito como poderoso. Extraordinario libro» (Carlos Boyero); El Reino (Mejor libro del año según la revista Lire): «Una muestra de gran inteli­gencia narrativa, una obra escrita en estado de gra­cia» (Isaac Rosa, El País); «Un libro excepcional» (Ra­fael Narbona, El Cultural); «Hacía tiempo que no leía un libro tan contundente y magnífico... Irresistible, sí. E imprescindible» (Manuel Hidalgo, El Mundo); «No siempre se publican libros tan apasionantes» (Anna Pantinat, Revista de Libros). En Anagrama se han pu­blicado asimismo sus libros de reportajes periodísti­cos Conviene tener un sitio adonde ir y Calais y su biografía de Philip K. Dick Yo estoy vivo y vosotros estáis muertos, y se han recuperado novelas: Bravura, El bigote,Una semana en la nieve (Premio Femina) y Fuera de juego. En 2021 recibe el Premio Princesa de Asturias de las Letras. Fotografía © Maria Teresa Slanzi.


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  • (5/5)
    I read this on a train ten years ago. It's based on a mind-boggling true event.

    I loved it and should read it again someday, to find out if I still do.
  • (2/5)
    This is a true crime book written by a prize-winning French author. It is the story of Jean-Claude Romand who posed as a World Health Organization doctor. Despite never having graduated from medical school (he attended for a short period) he convinced his wife, friends, family and mistress that he was an important official at WHO. He frequently traveled around the world, allegedly in his capacity as a WHO official. His extravagant life-style was financed by taking the life savings of his parents, his in-laws, and others, supposedly to invest in high-yield ventures he was privy to due to his position.After 18 years of maintaining this deception, things began to fall apart. Suspicions arose as to whether he really worked for WHO, and questions were being raised about the funds, now basically dissipated, he had appropriated to maintain his life style. Romand's response was to kill his parents (his father-in-law had previously died under suspicious circumstances when he began to request information about the funds he had placed with Romand), his wife and children. He then set fire to his house, almost killing himself as well. He survived. He was convicted of these crimes and is serving a life sentence.The author became intrigued on reading Romand's story, and contacted him. He was granted access by Romand, and this is the book that resulted. Unfortunately, instead of being riveting and compelling, this is a mundane and prosaic account of the events described above. Carrere seems to have done little investigative research beyond talking to Romand (and there having been a criminal trial I'm sure there is a lot out there), and there is very little analysis or fleshing out of what Romand told him. Carrere also injects his own persona into the narrative, and that technique doesn't really mesh here. There is no reason for Carrere to be placed in the story as there was in a book I read recently, The Other Wes Moore, which was also derived from the author's conversations with an incarcerated criminal.Very disappointing.
  • (3/5)
    This was a potentially fascinating story, being the account of the life and gradual implosion of an apparently respectable French doctor, who ultimately killed all of his immediate family and attempted to kill himself. Unfortunately, I found the account rather stilted (which may, of course, be a reflection of the translation rather than the original text).The story is certainly compelling - what drove Jean Claud Romand to perpetrate such an atrocity, and how had he managed to sustain a life so completely built on deception?
  • (4/5)
    Escalofriante pero adictivo relato. Lo mejor la perspectiva del narrador, que contrario a lo que hizo Capote en A cold blood se muestra desde el comienzo y asume una posición. Excelente
  • (5/5)
    Impactante, intrigante, inconcebible. Volvería a leerlo. A lo largo la pregunta inevitable: Por qué?
  • (4/5)
    The New York Times Book Review podcast features a short discussion about what they're reading each week and all summer long they were, one by one, falling for French author Emmanuel Carrère. My library system owns a single book by Carrère and so I read The Adversary, which is a non-fiction piece about a murderer. Jean-Claude Romand was a prominent doctor working for the World Health Organization in Geneva, and who lived in a pleasant village where he had good friends and was respected across the border in France with his storybook family. It was also all a lie. He'd never taken his first set of exams in medical school, but had simple continued along as though he were doing well. Once his class had graduated, he married his college sweetheart and continued the masquerade for years, leaving to attend important conferences, buying a home, even taking a Parisian mistress. The reasons why he murdered his family are clear; he was running out of options and realized that the careful illusion he had created was soon to be shattered, but how he managed for so long makes for a fascinating story.
  • (4/5)
    Haunting. Carrère's matter-of-factly tone only makes this surreal real story more impressive and resonating. The writer-journalist's honesty - portraiting himself as an active part of the plot, questioning his own motives, giving his own opinion - is yet another touch of genius. As fine a piece of "new journalism" as any ever written.