Sudden Death

Sudden Death Sudden Death begins with a brutal tennis match with the bawdy Italian artist Caravaggio and the loutish Spanish poet Quevedo battling it out in Rome before a crowd that includes Galileo Mary Magdale

  • Title: Sudden Death
  • Author: Álvaro Enrigue Natasha Wimmer
  • ISBN: 9781846558832
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sudden Death begins with a brutal tennis match, with the bawdy Italian artist Caravaggio and the loutish Spanish poet Quevedo 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 legenSudden Death begins with a brutal tennis match, with the bawdy Italian artist Caravaggio and the loutish Spanish poet Quevedo 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 balls of the time Across the ocean in Mexico, the last Aztec emperors play their own games, as conquistador Hern n Cort s and his Mayan translator and lover, La Malinche, scheme and conquer, 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 manual.Worlds collide, time coils, 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, lvaro 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.

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  • Álvaro Enrigue Natasha Wimmer

    Escritor, editor y cr tico literario nacido en M xico D F en 1969 lvaro Enrigue ha pasado su vida entre el Distrito Federal y Washington D.C Fue durante un tiempo profesor de Literatura en la Universidad Iberoamericana y de Escritura Creativa en la de Maryland Desde 1990 se dedica a la cr tica literaria, y ha colaborado en revistas y peri dicos de M xico y Espa a A su regreso a M xico, despu s de una breve etapa como editor de literatura del Fondo de Cultura Econ mica, ha pasado a formar parte de la revista Letras Libres.


  • 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 conquered 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 [...]

  • 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 novel, its far-flung parts come together over time via the life-changing magic of an assertion of associative intelligence. (The author also states what's up at times, too.) Felt after a while like sitting mid-court watching a ball zip back and forth across time and space. A po-mo literary entertainment with sharp hermeneutical knives up its sleeves. A [...]

  • [4.5] With its scenes of Caravaggio and Spanish poet Quevedo 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 exquisite iridescent New World featherwork, and Cortés and Malinalli (La Malinche) in bed, and an attempt to create Utopia which more or less worked, resorting to synopsis is the most obviously attention-grabbing ways to open a review of this [...]

  • 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 to evil, from happiness to responsibility, from jealousy to sex. souls batted back and forth across the court. this is the servee second of álvaro enrigue's works to be translated into english (after his short story collection, hypothermia), sudden death (muerte súbita) is a [...]

  • 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 Quevedo. Interspersed between the games are snippets from historical texts, emails with his editor, and storylines featuring other prominent historical figures, such as Hernán Cortés and Vasco de Quiroga. Like the [...]

  • Quite erudite, and some lovely tidbits about various things that do interest me quite 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 tennis. But I don't, really don't, ever want to read a play by play account of a tennis match, even if it's the most amazingly hungover burlesque historically fanciful tennis match ever. I also found the book more than a little annoying when it parades [...]

  • The novel begins by telling you nothing in it is true: the only real things in a novel are the sequences of letters, words, and sentences that make it up, and the paper on which they're printed.But what follows is told in a tone that mimics the tone of a popular history book. Never mind that the historic characters who appear in this novel are set into scenes of great ridiculousness-- history itself is ridiculous series of unlikely events, isn't it?--so as I read sentence after sentence of impla [...]

  • Amazing writing. Amazing. And great translation by Natasha Wimmer.This is powerful writing about art, religion, opposites, transitions, the Spanish conquest 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 art and literature. He hangs these on a framework of a tennis match between Caravaggio and Quevedo, artist and poet. In between each game's points we are whisked away to inha [...]

  • Álvaro Enrigue told me many new things about tennis although I’m not sure I needed to know them.I’ve got an impression that he had very little to say so he turned Sudden Death into a collection of trivial facts, irrelevant fillers, cock-and-bull allegations and superficial lies.“Without removing his gaze from their enticing skirts, the duke ran through the images he retained of the previous night. These two hadn’t been at the brothel or the tavern. It took him a while to pinpoint where [...]

  • Maybe closer to a 2.5 stars? This is a book that I don't think I can really appreciate because I know I didn't get it all. Plus I lack the historical knowledge to truly get everything he is talking about and referencing. That being said, it still was kind of fun to read? The writing is great and the book can be kind of funny at times, but it was hard for me to really grasp the bigger picture. It felt a little bit like I just rode a roller coaster, while a fun little ride, I don't think I have an [...]

  • "As I write, I don't know what this book is about." -the author, on p. 203DUDEyou and me both. I wanted so much to like this book (or, hell, at least to understand it), but it was just not my cup of tea. I was intrigued by the premise - a fictional tennis match between the Italian painter Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Quevedo at the end of the sixteenth century serves as a framing device for a novel that's part alternative history, part historical fiction, and part present-day rumination on hi [...]

  • I suspected the awful disjointedness of this novel would garner praise (it's so bold!), and I was right. From World Literature Today:"The Spanish invasion of the New World, the tumultuous life of Caravaggio, the death of Anne Boleyn, and the erotic escapades of notorious conquistador Hernán Cortés are revised and woven into an intricate, inextricable tapestry. With apparent effortlessness, Enrigue fuses together ostensibly discordant narratives, fashioning a riveting, hilarious, and insightful [...]

  • Este libro me dejó sin respiración. Creo que es de lo mejor que he leído y no sé por dónde empezar a explicar por qué. Si bien es una novela que a alguien se le podría ocurrir poner en el estante de las novelas históricas, es tanto tanto tanto más que eso. Alguien dijo que es como un aleph, y sí, creo que es una buena descripción. Trata de todo, si bien se centra en el siglo XVI europeo y de Nueva España. Es bellísima y asquerosa, profundamente seria y cómica, inteligente, sensible [...]

  • Sudden Death, abouttennis. That's right, this is a fantastic, bizarre novel of tennis being played in history, with scores of appearances by famous historical figures (and a tennis ball made of Anne Boleyn's hair). It's chock full of history, crime, lust, scheming, and mind-bending story lines. This book is so unusual, but totally worth the wacky trip!Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, All The Books: bookriot/category/all-the-

  • The good news is that I am getting better at sensing when books are not my style. I hadn't planned to read this one but picked it up anyway because of a reading group. This might be for you; it was not for me.

  • Álvaro Enrigue bounces his readers around like a hair-filled tennis ball, tossing together every manner of historical source, fictive or actual it hardly matters. There are moments of blistering nihilism, aesthetic and political ruminations, feathered luminous objets d'art and a few scenes made me laugh out loud. (The carnal congress between Caravaggio and Galileo – well, let's just say it's nonpareil.) A wicked delightful book.

  • (seeing as I've not stopped thinking about this book since I read it several months ago, I'm bumping this up from a 5+ to a 6.)Let's get one thing straight: it’s not an easy read. Enrigue bounces (get it? because it’s a book [partially] about tennis?) between a fictional tennis match, real history, fictional interpretations of real history, the present day, and no fewer than two continents and seven countries. And it does zoom around, hopping from thought to thought without much warning. But [...]

  • Well, this book was certainly different. It is not your traditional novel, that's for sure! Through the device of a tennis game (not tennis as we now know it!) between Caravaggio (the Italian painter) and Francisco de Quevedo (a Spanish poet). While I am familiar with Caravaggio, a favorite painter, I had to look up the Spanish poet, who turns out to be considered a Spanish literature master. The seconds (this was a duel) were also pretty famous -- Pedro Téllez-Girón, 3rd Duke of Osuna, and Ga [...]

  • “These facts were confusing in their own time, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be confusing in a novel that doesn’t aspire to accurately represent that time, but does want to present it as a theory about the world we live in today.” Oddly enough, I really enjoyed this weird little book. It a pseudo-history of tennis, it is about the Counter-Reformation, it is a biography of Caravaggio, it is about things made of human hair and feathers, it is about the European conquest of Mex [...]

  • (3.5) I'm just not a big fan of novel/nonfiction/essay hybrids, especially with meta elements in which the author inserts himself (although I did like his comparison of Caravaggio's entrance to the art world to his experience of seeing HD television). The focus of the re-dreamt history was often intriguing, especially when moments overlapped across oceans to create their own metaphor. Terence Malick could adapt this and wouldn't need to change a thing.

  • For me this book is like two people fighting over a remote control. One person wants to watch tennis on ESPN2, the other wants to watch the history channel, neither ends up satisfied.

  • Caravaggio's name or lack of a name is so important that Peter Robb, one of his most painstaking biographers, doesn't dare to name him in the book he wrote about him. It is titled M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio, because no document exists to prove that as a child he bore the name he claimed as an adult: Michelangelo Merisi. It's a fact that his father's last name was the Milanese Merixio, and that he changed it to the Roman Merisi when he began to sell paintings; it's likely that his name was [...]

  • I was about 80% of the way through this book when it occurred to me that I had no idea what it was about. I wasn’t alone. Just as you expect the many disparate threads to come together, the narrator confesses:As I write, I don’t know what this book is about. It’s not exactly about a tennis match. Nor is it a book about the slow and mysterious integration of America into what we call “the Western world”—an outrageous misapprehension, since from the American perspective, Europe is the [...]

  • The premise of this novel (the first of Enrigue's novels to be translated into English) may, to less adventurous readers, sound bizarre. In Sudden Death, the Spanish poet Quevedo and the Italian painter Caravaggio play a tennis match to settle a duel. From this surprising and surprisingly fecund start, Sudden Death spins out to tell the story of Cortes's conquest of Mexico, a brief history of the Counter-Reformation, and various other topics that Enrigue, whose plotting is a beauty to behold, ma [...]

  • Ambitious and innovative, this novel felt like a five star read for me halfway through. But then I reached a point of diminishing returns with the narratives bouncing around, and it began to feel less like a novel and more like a stunt. Still glad I read it, but not my favorite.

  • Cortés, Caravaggio and Counter-Reformation, Tenochtitlan and tennis, stitched into something as well-made and seductive, as death-haunted and grotesque, as the tennis balls purportedly made from the hair of the executed Anne Boleyn. The interest in history’s transitional phases and strange byways recalls deLillo, Pynchon or John Crowley, but (in Wimmers’ translation, anyway) the style is far lighter than any of them; the closest reference point might be John Higgs, with his enviable ability [...]

  • This book is witty, worldly and erudite, but it totally failed to engage me. I'm sure I'm hyper-sensitive these days, but the plot device of Anne Boleyn's hair being made into a tennis ball made my feminist hackles rise every time it was mentioned (was Henry a bullying, spouse-abusing creep or what?), and made it hard to give the book a fair reading. Definitely YMMV.

  • Definitivamente, recomendable, una visión extraordinaria del autor sobre los hechos históricos, una gran investigación y que no solo justifica un Herralde, lo eleva y nos obliga a reflexionar y reescribir lo que llevamos en nuestros humildes archivos de Word. Una lectura amena, con reflexiones profundas, algunas que pueden ser citas importantes para la cultura mexicana, y resaltando lo humano y mundano ante todo. Un autor interesante que seguirá dando de qué hablar, es un hecho.

  • A weird written novel where the past and present meet. A novel that opens with a game of tennis between a Spanish and an Italian. And there are expensive tennis balls made of Anne Bolyne hair along with other mysterious and historical events.I never read a book like this and it's enjoyable but sometimes too confusing at times.

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