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Barcelone années cinuante le jeune Adrià grandit dans un vaste appartement ombreux entre un père ui veut faire de lui un humaniste polyglotte et une mère ui le destine à une carrière de violoniste virtuose Brillant solitaire et docile le garçon essaie de satisfaire au mieux les ambitions démesurées dont il est dépositaire jusu'au jour où il entrevoit la provenance douteuse de la fortune familiale issue d'un magasin d'antiuités extoruées sans vergogne Un demi siècle plus tard juste avant ue sa mémoire ne l'abandonne Adrià tente de mettre en forme l'histoire familiale dont un violon d'exception une médaille et un linge de table souillé constituent les tragiues emblèmes De fait la révélation progressive ressaisit la funeste histoire européenne et plonge ses racines aux sources du mal De l'Inuisition à la dictature espagnole et à l'Allemagne nazie d'Anvers à la Cité du Vatican vies et destins se répondent pour converger vers Auschwitz Birkenau épicentre de l'abjection totale Confiteor défie les lois de la narration pour ordonner un chaos magistral et emplir de musiue une cathédrale profane Sara la femme tant aimée est la destinataire de cet immense récit relayé par Bernat l'ami envié et envieux dont la présence éclaire jusu'à l'instant où s'anéantit toute conscience Alors le lecteur peut embrasser l'itinéraire d'un enfant sans amour puis l'affliction d'un adulte sans dieu aux prises avec le Mal souverain ui à travers les siècles dépose en chacun la possibilité de l'inhumain à uoi répond ici la soif de beauté de connaissance et de pardon seuls viatiues peut être pour récuser si peu ue ce soit l'enfer sur la terre

10 thoughts on “Jo Confesso

  1. says:

    ConfessionsJo confessoConfiteorI have been reading this book and I have been loving it from the first page I have been reading it slowly patiently absorbing its magic absorbing its art It's a book that I did not want it to end This beauty here now belongs to my all time favorites and in the future it will belong to the classics to the miracles I don't know how Cabré did this i don't know how he made it happen but i know for sure that i am forever grateful This book is an experience this book is 700 pages of utter beauty it's a trip around the world following a violin it's a trip from monasteries to auswitch and from hell to heaven and then back to hell The absolute evil and the absolute love Adria i love your story Cabré i love your book

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    The present and the past – they are always interlinked‘the history of any thing explains the present state of that thing’And following this postulate Jaume Cabré constructs his novel the history of a man and history of a violin Here and now are intertwined with there and then so the past and the present are described simultaneously and often even in the same sentenceThe family secrets secrets of history and secrets of the world are capriciously interconnected in the unexpected ways and gradually they become revealed‘International politics are not the great international ideals they are the great international interests’And this perfectly applies to the personal politics Confessions is a book about vanity Vanity makes people forget their personal ideals substituting them with their personal interests And in the end vanity engenders evil‘Evil Why does your God allow it? He doesn’t keep evil from happening all he does is punish the evildoer with eternal flames Why doesn’t he prevent it? Do you have an answer?’And Confessions is a painstaking search for an answer What is human life? When does man take a wrong turn and becomes an instrument of evil?

  3. says:

    Oh my God this book is SO FUCKING AWESOME I'm almost afraid to read the rest of Cabre's books which typically I've already hoarded thank God for small manageable French editions in case they don't stand up to this masterpiece I mean give this guy a Nobel Prize already

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    I must be on a streak of mind blowingly good novels recentlyI can't even begin to describe what the book is about let alone how it is written Imagine 4 characters 2 languages three different ways of narrating 1st person 3rd person memoirsall seamlessly presented on one page Dialogues intertwine with no clear identification who is speaking or which of many many stories they pertain to Sounds complex and it definitely is Multiple plotlines and drastic changes of scenery and characters with no visible breaks in the wall of text in theory should make this novel an incomprehensible artistic experiment but somehow the flow and the pacing guide you through those streams of thoughtsTHe first half is very demanding and might be off putting for many I don't blame them but I've never seen such poetic craftsmanship as the one presented by Cabre The second half is where it all comes together Slowly with no haste while at the same time dazzling the reader with another clever twists and stylistic surprisesOn top of that it's a genuinely moving and interesting story encompassing multiple generations There's also one theme that becomes apparent at the very end that I personally hold dear and always find hard to read through because it affects me so profoundlyIf you're not afraid of jumping into the unknown go for it

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    In this novel we get the personally told story of the older Catalan man Adrià Ardèvol looking back on his life and addressed to his beloved Sara Already after 1 page we read do not trust me too much and that appears to be a valid warning Because first of all Adrià's story constantly jumps from one time period to another and not only about the episodes of his own life events and characters from the 14th to the 18th century from various places in Spain Italy and other European countries are covered but also the dramatic episodes of the 20th century the First World War the Spanish Civil War the Holocaust and the 'recycling' of former Nazis after the war are included in the storyDue to this 'mumbo jumbo' the reader is constantly puzzling regularly the episodes are many pages long but sometimes they alternate within a single paragraph and that makes the reading very hard But still you keep on reading because Cabré via Adrià gradually offers little pieces of the puzzle that keep the intrigue and the suspense going and in which especially the famous Storlioni violin and a number of murders play a leading roleThus this novel has a very ingenious composition and that is uite an achievement in itself because Cabré illustrates that everything is connected with everything and that behind every seemingly banal event lies an unexpected sometimes very tragic and negatively charged universe In short not just a simple life story but a novel of epic proportions But in my opinion there are downsides to this approach As said Jaume Cabré often reuires uite a lot from his readers for example he continues to introduce new characters until the end so that the confusion remains almost permanent Also the encyclopaedic slant of the novel does not increase the readability Cabré regularly wants to show off his knowledge about certain historical episodes with an abundance of details that look impressive but with – inevitably – occasional flaws Occasionally there are literary impressive passages but even regular are the weak almost banal episodes that seem to function like page fillers and hardly fit into the whole only towards the end the reader will understand a bit why but in the meantime heshe had to consume that ballastThe main drawback of this novel for me is the lack of psychological depth of the characters most of them are very flat one dimensional and hardly evolve; only Adrià offers some introspection obviously but even that is not really in depth So when finishing the last page only a very complicated story remains like after having finished an ingenious detective story Cabré certainly made a striking achievement with this novel but I’m afraid he did not really convince me

  6. says:

    “Confessions” aka the one about the violin is a brilliant novel that I would sincerely recommend to anyone interested in translated fictionThis novel by famed Catalan author Jaume Cabre seems on the outset to be rather pedestrian In the first few pages we learn that the novel is the protagonist’s Adria Ardevol attempt to write an autobiography However the novel is much than the simple account of one life The novel freuently switches from one narrator and time period to another allowing us to learn how Adria’s present was in fact influenced and moulded by events and people that existed many generations beforeThe novel also examines the complex inter relationship between beauty and evil; a subject that obsesses Adria Ardevol“Particularly the reflection on the why behind beauty And how this why can be asked in every period of humanity And also how it is impossible to separate it from the inexplicable presence of evil”The theme of beauty and evil is best represented in the novel by the mysterious 17th century violin in the possession of the Ardevol family whose secrets we learn piece by piece during the narrativeAside from the very captivating story the characters in the story particularly best friends Bernat and Adria are beautifully fleshed out and voiced There is even romance in this 750 page novel there is really a bit of everythingThis is a brilliant novel with an incredibly moving ending that I’m unlikely to forget at least for a long while Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year

  7. says:

    This is a challenging read it plays with your mind with its sudden veering into another story another point in time another character and yet it remains coherent and fun No small feat

  8. says:

    The best book I’ve ever red in my life❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. says:

    Evil Why does your God allow it? He doesn’t keep evil from happening all he does is punish the evildoer with eternal flames Why doesn’t he prevent it? Do you have an answer?

  10. says:

    It's been a while since I've read a book that made me cry This great epic made me cry Absolutely recommended