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Let No One Sleep (edizione 2022)

di Juan José Millás (Autore), Thomas Bunstead (Traduttore)

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An odyssey of operatic proportions, featuring an obsession-fueled taxi driver After Lucía loses her job at an IT firm, she has a vision of her future career as a taxi driver, brought on by the intoxicating opera floating through her apartment's air vent. She obtains her taxi license and meets the neighbor responsible for the music. Calaf is the man's name, which also happens to be the name of the character in Puccini's Turandot and the bird Lucía received on her tenth birthday from her long-since-dead mother. When he moves out of her building, Lucía becomes obsessed, driving through Madrid and searching for him on every corner, meeting intriguing people along the way. What follows is a phantasmagoria of coincidence, betrayal, and revenge, featuring Millás's singular dark humor. Let No One Sleep is a delirious novel in which the mundane and extraordinary collide, art revives and devastates, and identity is unhinged by the treacherous forces of contemporary society. Juan José Millás is the recipient of Spain's most prestigious literary prizes: the Premio Nadal, Premio Planeta, and Premio Nacional de Narrativa. He is the author of several short story collections and works of nonfiction as well as over a dozen novels, including two published in North America: From the Shadows and Let No One Sleep. He lives in Madrid.… (altro)
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Titolo:Let No One Sleep
Autori:Juan José Millás (Autore)
Altri autori:Thomas Bunstead (Traduttore)
Info:Bellevue Literary Press (2022), 208 pages
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A compelling and energetic story of devotion, art, fiction and reality. It was a wild ride and seeks to explore some deep questions through Lucia’s quest for meaning. For me, it was marred at times by the male writer’s point of view intruding when writing a female main character. Overall I enjoyed this book, which I received as an advanced review copy.
  SiriJR | Sep 23, 2022 |
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This book has the singular distinction of being the weirdest book I have ever read. I wouldn't have even finished it but I had insomnia and it was the book beside the bed. However, the ending did surprise me, so I gave it 3 stars for the ingenuity. ( )
  psychomamma | Aug 12, 2022 |
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I received an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

From the Shadows, Juan Jose Millas' first book to be published in North America, was a dark and compelling theatre of the absurd. Let No One Sleep is a comic opera fueled by obsession, identity, revenge, and lots of Pucinni.

Lucia is a computer programmer turned taxi driver who is obsessed with finding the actor who used to be her neighbor and played the music of Turnadot loud enough that she could hear it through the vents in her bathroom. Lucia spends her days (and nights) traveling the streets of Madrid (and in her mind, Beijing) looking to pick him up. Along the way she meets an amazing collection of people.

Buckle up, its going to be a great ride because something is going to happen! ( )
  Felliot | Aug 4, 2022 |
The 2017-2018 concert season of the Detroit Symphony Opera concluded with a performance of Puccini’s Turnadot. Maestro Slatkin suffered a serious health crisis, and Jader Bignamini replaced him. Bignamini was such a hit, he was hired as the new director to replace the retiring Slatkin.

It was a marvelous experience. I finally heard the famous Nessun Dorma performed live. But…the opera’s story left me disconcerted. Turnadot is a beautiful princess who is determined she will not be possessed by a man. Suitors must answer riddles, and if they fail, they are cruelly put to death. Into town comes a deposed ruler and his son who goes by the name of Calaf. Calaf fails in love–or, lust–when he sees Turnadot and determines he will possess her. When he is able to answer the riddles, her offers Turnadot an out: if she can guess his identity before daybreak, she can put him to death. That night, no one in the city can sleep, and Calaf sings the famous aria where he imagines daybreak fulfilling his dream of having Turnadot. Yes, it’s a story of sexual obsession of an ice princess, a male fantasy of desire.

Let No One Sleep by Juan Jose Millas takes the Turnadot story into Madrid, Spain. Lucia has little interest in opera, but hearing Nessun Dorma waft up through the floorboards, she fantasizes about the man living below her. She goes to his door and is smitten. He looks like a bird man to her. He tells her his name is Calaf. Then, he moves out.

Lucia has a thing about birds, ever since she received a bird named Calaf for a birthday present. She saw her mother’s decline and death, bringing on the appearance of a bird. She becomes obsessed with Nessum Dorma, applies makeup to look like the Chinese princess Turnadot, and dreams of a sexual encounter with the man.

After losing her job, Lucia becomes a taxi driver. She tells her tale of obsessions to one of her customers who says she knows the man and that he is an actor. Lucia is convinced that fate will bring them together, that some day he will get into her taxi. She goes to great lengths to be prepared for their sexual union.

That doesn’t stop her from bedding other men in the meantime. Driving her taxi around Madrid, using a map of Beijing while she imagines she is in China, she meets quite a number of men.

Real doesn’t mean realistic. More than that, a real work of art should not be realistic. Reality and realism have nothing to do with each other, though most people get the two mixed up.
from Let No One Sleep by Juan Jose Millas

It’s a wild ride, at times hilarious and other times creepy, with an unexpected complication and a shocking ending. The use of the fantastic takes readers into a deeper understanding. Lucia’s obsession reflects Calaf’s sexual obsession in Turnadot, and the her angry last acts reflects Turnadot’s ruthlessness.

I received an ARC from the publisher. My review is fair and unbiased. ( )
  nancyadair | May 31, 2022 |
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I finished this book in a single sitting, and a day later I'm still trying to absorb it. It was unassuming but stealthy, and not until the end did I realize what a journey I'd been on with this this odd story about a taxi driver. I'm still contemplating -- what is it to be crazy, and what is it to act with cruelty? when does coincidence become conspiracy? The story is carried along on the current of the main character's obsession, but the extent to which she might actually be a very mentally ill person, and not merely a slightly strange and singular one, is something the author masterfully obfuscates. The prose moved the action along swiftly and this was a light and easy read; I tend to enjoy more literary writing -- allusions that make me stop and consider , sentences that have to be savored -- but this was ultimately a satisfying and sticky read.
  SLandis |
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An odyssey of operatic proportions, featuring an obsession-fueled taxi driver After Lucía loses her job at an IT firm, she has a vision of her future career as a taxi driver, brought on by the intoxicating opera floating through her apartment's air vent. She obtains her taxi license and meets the neighbor responsible for the music. Calaf is the man's name, which also happens to be the name of the character in Puccini's Turandot and the bird Lucía received on her tenth birthday from her long-since-dead mother. When he moves out of her building, Lucía becomes obsessed, driving through Madrid and searching for him on every corner, meeting intriguing people along the way. What follows is a phantasmagoria of coincidence, betrayal, and revenge, featuring Millás's singular dark humor. Let No One Sleep is a delirious novel in which the mundane and extraordinary collide, art revives and devastates, and identity is unhinged by the treacherous forces of contemporary society. Juan José Millás is the recipient of Spain's most prestigious literary prizes: the Premio Nadal, Premio Planeta, and Premio Nacional de Narrativa. He is the author of several short story collections and works of nonfiction as well as over a dozen novels, including two published in North America: From the Shadows and Let No One Sleep. He lives in Madrid.

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