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Hernán Díaz (1973–)

Autor(a) de Trust

Hernán Díaz é Hernan Diaz (1). Para outros autores com o nome Hernan Diaz, veja a página de desambiguação.

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Obras de Hernán Díaz

Trust (2022) 1,854 cópias
In the Distance (2017) 630 cópias


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Buenos Aires, Argentina



Trust is Hernan Diaz’s second novel. It is a collection of four manuscripts at different stages of completion, and they tell different versions of the story of a Wall Street businessman and his wife in the years leading up to the Great Depression.

In the first part, Bonds, ostensibly a bestselling novel authored by one Harold Vanner, a monkish mogul manages to make a massive windfall during the 1929 stock market crash while his wife tragically succumbs to mental illness far away in Switzerland. My Life is the partial autobiography of Andrew Bevel, clearly the model for the tycoon in Bonds, strewn with half-finished chapters and paragraph outlines. The first few pages of Futures, the scribbled diaries of Andrew’s wife, Mildred, have been randomly ripped out. The Bevels’ competing narratives are mediated by a long postmortem memoir, written by Ida Partenza, once the gullible ghostwriter of Andrew’s book.

Thought this was a fascinating read. Really enjoyed putting to together the puzzle of the pieces of the story told from the different perspective. Whilst this innovative format has been done before, this was elegantly written and it's a really enjoyable book.

I had selected Trust as my Book of the Month this month on my site
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Quizlitbooks | outras 79 resenhas | Apr 20, 2024 |
At the halfway point: I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't this.

The first part is a short novel, a novella really, about a successful financier and his tragically ill wife and their relationship. There's a lot about money and investing. The second part is about a successful financier and his tragically ill wife and their relationship. This time, the relationship seems much shallower and paternalistic. I finished this second part thinking, wtf? This is the same story as the first, essentially. Why is this book nominated for the Pulitzer? I had to read some reviews to understand that the first part is a novel based on the second part, which is an autobiography. It's very meta. Both parts break the fourth wall, with editorial notes and writerly intentions of things to come. The book has a great deal of self-awareness. I can understand why critics might laud it, since it has an innovative structure and premise. But is it good to read?

As a reader, so far I don't find it engaging. The entire thing is pure exposition. No dialogue, no emotion on the page, no individual scenes. Just the author telling us two different versions of "what happened" between the financier and his wife. There's a certain amount of narrative drive, which I credit to the skill of the author. But it's just not that interesting. Haven't decided yet if I'll go further.


Okay, going further. Third part is much more interesting, the POV of the secretary engaged by the financier on whose life the first part is based. He wants to put the record straight and tell the 'true' story of his life. The second part of the book is the story written by the secretary, dictated and edited by the financier. Part of the secretary's POV is when she is much older, doing actual research on the financier's wife instead of taking notes from the financier. The secretary is convinced that neither story contains the true portrayal of the wife.

The fourth part is the wife's actual journal, and the prose here is beautiful and filled with subtext. We at last get the true story -- or do we?

My overall opinion of this novel is that the structure is very interesting and complex, and that the author, Hernan Diaz, did a really nice job of writing in several different 'voices.' I enjoyed the second half of this story quite a bit. From a craft perspective, I would give this work 5 stars. What he has done is very difficult to do well. However, as a reader, I thought the first half of the book was a slog, and was confused by the similarity of the two parts. You almost have to go into it with the knowledge that the thing works better as a whole, and how the parts are interrelated. Because of that, I'm dropping the rating to 4 stars, which is still generous given the fact that I almost put it down.

The title becomes apropos. One must trust that the author is going to deliver something worth reading.
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TheGalaxyGirl | outras 79 resenhas | Mar 25, 2024 |
Un deslumbrante puzle literario: la misteriosa historia de un magnate de los años veinte en varias versiones que se complementan o contradicen.

En los triunfales años veinte, Benjamin Rask y su esposa Helen dominan Nueva York: él, un magnate financiero que ha amasado una fortuna; ella, la hija de unos excéntricos aristócratas. Pero a medida que la década se acerca a su fin, y sus excesos revelan un lado oscuro, a los Rask empiezan a rodearlos las sospechas…

Ese es el punto de partida de Obligaciones, una exitosa novela de 1937 que todo Nueva York parece haber leído y que cuenta una historia que puede, sin embargo, contarse de algunas otras formas. Hernán Díaz compone en Fortuna un magistral puzle literario: una suma de voces, de versiones confrontadas que se complementan, se matizan y se contradicen, y, al hacerlo, ponen al lector ante las fronteras y los límites entre la realidad y la ficción, entre la verdad –acaso imposible de encontrar– y su versión manipulada.

Fortuna explora los entresijos del capitalismo americano, el poder del dinero, las pasiones y las traiciones que mueven las relaciones personales y la ambición que todo lo malea.
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MigueLoza | outras 79 resenhas | Mar 18, 2024 |
Another Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel that left me untouched.
SharronA | outras 79 resenhas | Mar 17, 2024 |



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