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En Busca De Klingsor de Jorge Volpi
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En Busca De Klingsor (original: 1999; edição: 2002)

de Jorge Volpi

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In his international bestseller In Search of Klingsor, Jorge Volpi takes us from the Institute of Advanced Study to the heart of Hitler's Germany, where the line between truth and lies is all but dissolved.Mysterious, seductive, and immediately engrossing, this startlingly accomplished thriller explores the nexus between science and human nature and how they shaped the world in the aftermath of World War II.In 1940, Francis Bacon, a brilliant young American physicist, is invited to join the prestigious institute at Princeton, the world's foremost physics research facility. But a series of personal indiscretions forces him to accept a different, more sinister, assignment: uncover "Klingsor," Hitler's top adviser on the scientific work in the Third Reich, including the race to create the first atomic bomb.Bacon's efforts to expose the truth lead him to Gustav Links, a survivor of the attempted coup against Hitler. With Link's help, he continues researching postwar Germany -- in an era when a secret was really a secret and a lie wasn't necessarily a sin -- and falls into a complicated relationship with an alluring woman. His search for Klingsor, an ominous and seemingly omnicient adversary, is part mystery, part psychological puzzle, part witty intellectual game. In Search of Klingsor places real people in speculative historical fiction, combining the ingenuity of a scientific investigation with the suspense of a great espionage novel.… (mais)
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Título:En Busca De Klingsor
Autores:Jorge Volpi
Informação:Seix Barral (2002), Paperback
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  ejmw | Aug 4, 2021 |
On the flyleaf of my edition, it says that this has been compared to The Name of the Rose. Either the person who wrote this has never read The Name of the Rose or they had in mind that they’re both books. The comparison stops right there.

Badly written, badly translated, badly edited, this should never in a million years have made it onto the 1001 Books list. Writing in the 2008 edition of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, Oscar Rickett says the novel “moves on at a pace that allows for the development of the mystery.” Garbage. The mystery is about as hidden as a blancmange in a boxing ring. Mind you, I doubt Oscar Rickett’s view is too worthy of consideration. His bio in 1001 Books describes him as a “freelance writer and amateur clarinetist.”

You need look no further than the table of contents to find issues with this book. The page numbers bear no relation to the subsequent chapters. Further issues crop up regularly. For example, on page 43, a guy starts eating mushroom “vol au vents” before continuing to eat “mushroom sandwiches.”

But while the editor and translator bear some responsibility for this wreck, the bulk of the blame lies squarely with Volpi. The first hint that he might struggle with creative writing comes right off the bat with the choice of the name Francis Bacon for his protagonist. At this point, you’re holding hope that this is somehow symbolic. Will there be allusions to art, to philosophy? Er… no.

After Bacon inevitably gets involved with an obvious honeytrap, there’s a ludicrous piece of writing that literally goes like this

“Tell me what you do together”, Irene said as she took Bacon’s member into her hands, “What are you investigating?”

After he’s spilled the beans (no euphemism), the wordcraft continues

“I think it’s fascinating,” she whispered and, in place of her hands, her head travelled down along her lover’s body until her lips found themselves hovering upon Frank’s impatient penis.

Volpi wants to write a mystery. He’s ended up writing Mills & Boon.

Bacon sets out to discover the identity of Klingsor, a pseudonym for the scientist who controlled the Nazi nuclear programme. Along the way, he tracks down and interviews scientist after scientist with each interview demonstrating a wild array of questions many of which have no relevance to anything I could think of.

The book (or maybe the writer) suffers from schizophrenia. On the one hand Volpi wants to incorporate historical events such as (inexplicably) the 1944 attempt on Hitler’s life and every 1930s-40s nuclear scientist you can think of while on the other he attempts (and fails) to weave into this mess some kind of mystery.

In the end, you just don’t care who the eponymous Klingsor is. The novel drags so much that if you hitched it to the back of Hamilton’s Formula 1 car he wouldn’t finish a lap.

What Volpi has done here is utterly embarrassing. If you are at all interested in the historical events he touches on, do yourself a favour, avoid this and pick up a book from the wide array of relevant non-fiction by authors who can actually write. ( )
  arukiyomi | Sep 28, 2020 |
Sappiamo tutti che la bomba atomica l'hanno creata gli americani; molti di noi sanno anche che anche i tedeschi avevano un progetto corrispondente, che però non è mai riuscito a raggiungere lo stadio della fissione nucleare. Come mai? In questo libro il messicano Jorge Volpi racconta a modo suo, in una caccia al fantomatico consigliere scientifico "Klingsor", cosa pensavano i grandi fisici tra le due guerre, da Einstein a Bohr a Heisenberg. Già che c'era, ci ha infilato anche von Neumann e Gödel, e per non farsi mancare nulla ha anche aggiunto riferimenti al fallito attentato di Von Stauffenberg contro Hitler e condendo il tutto con una storia di spionaggio. Come romanzo storico, l'ambientazione e la presentazione dei personaggi è perfetta: eppure il libro mi ha lasciato piuttosto freddo, come se fosse più un esercizio di stile che altro. Il protagonista - un matematico - che si sdoppia, le tre parti del libro che iniziano tutte quasi fossero un saggio scientifico... il tutto resta troppo costruito, a mio parere. La traduzione è generalmente scorrevole, anche se Età Media mi suona troppo sospettosamente come Medioevo per non immaginare un lapsus. ( )
  .mau. | Sep 10, 2017 |
Dice Pennac que uno de los derechos del lector es dejar de leer un libro cuando quiera, pero también lo es llegar hasta el final aunque no se sepa muy bien el porqué.

"En busca de Klingsor" no acabo de leérmela ahora, pero como el Rincón del lector me lo permite voy a hacer en este momento mi apunte. He vuelto a la novela de Jorge Volpi al verla reseñada en la Guía 10 (año 2004, pág. 41) de la Fnac, es decir, de los 10 años de la Fnac ellos la han seleccionado como una de las mejores 100 de ese periodo. Yo, sin embargo, me la leí al poco de salir y conservo un recuerdo ambiguo: no la abandoné, pero tampoco llegó a entusiasmarme. Creo que la leí esperando constantemente que algo me despertara, me sedujera, pero no llegó a pasar, por eso me sorprende que haya sido elegida. También que Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón la elija como libro preferido en el “Magazine” 190 de “El Mundo” del 18 de mayo de 2003. Igualmente que aparezca en la “Revista de Física” (n.º 27, 2.º semestre 2004), a pesar de que en el “Ciberpaís” (22 de febrero de 2001) se le acuse del poco rigor científico. Quizá algo se me pasó por alto.

¿De qué trata? Lo copio del propio libro: “El joven teniente Francis P. Bacon recibe la orden de capturar al científico que controló las investigaciones atómicas del III Reich. Como Mefistófeles de Hitler, Klingsor, su nombre clave, supervisaba la organización secreta de físicos y místicos de la SS dedicada a resolver la construcción de la bomba atómica. Mientras persigue las huellas de Klingsor, y con ellas el rastro de complicidad de la elite alemana en los protocolos del horror, el teniente Bacon descubre a su vez los escurridizos dilemas del amor y el sexo, los disfraces de la personalidad, la infinita sutileza de la mentira, cayendo de bruces en la desgarradora encrucijada de la incertidumbre moral que preside nuestra época”. Bueno, la época de hace ya algunos años y la relación entre la ciencia y el mal. No recuerdo que fuera una novela fácil. ( )
  Biblioteca-LPAeHijos | Oct 1, 2013 |
It's never a good thing when the best you can say about a book is that you're sure glad you managed to finish it. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's a brief resumé of the plot (with some help from the inner flap):

Francis Bacon, a brilliant young physicist, is invited in 1940 to attend the prestigious physics research facility at Princeton. The fact that other high profile scientists work there, not the least of which Einstein, convinces him that this is where he wants to advance his career. But Bacon, too shy to speak to the great genius directly, takes to stalking Einstein to his house every day by following his idol home during lunchtime. This, as well as an even greater, more spectacular indiscretion, gets him in trouble, and facing the possibility of expulsion, Bacon has no choice but to accept a secret assignment: he must go to Germany and uncover the identity of the mysterious "Klingsor", presumed to be an eminent German physicist who would have acted covertly as Hitler's top adviser on the scientific work in the Third Reich, including the race to create the first atomic bomb. We are now in the after war Germany of 1946. Bacon's initial research leads him to Gustav Links, another scientist and a survivor of the reprisals against the members of an attempted coup against Hitler. The story is told throughout by this Links, who describes his participation in the search for Klingsor, as well as Bacon's entanglement with an alluring woman, whom Links suspects of having ulterior motives. The chapters alternate between Bacon's mission and his private moments with the woman, as well as Links' recollections of his complicated marriage to the woman who was bosom buddies with the enchanting wife of his own childhood best friend.

All of this sounded great to me when I decided to reserve the book from the lending library, and the first few chapters were most promising, with plenty of intrigue and an interesting narrative approach. So what went wrong? Much too much, and I emphasize: a gross overabundance of talk about physicists and their particular areas of research, and physics in general. To be sure, this would have probably pleased anyone with a vivid interest in science who might be fascinated by a detailed explanation of the research that eventually led to the creation of the first atomic bomb. But I cannot be counted among them. There were some nights that I couldn't read more than two pages, after which my eyes refused to stay open, and I was practically crying, wondering why I was still punishing myself by reading from this book night after night. So what kept me going? One word: Sex. Lots of sex. Well, some sex. And for an old maid like me, any sex at all is a lot of sex. But there were also plenty of fascinating relationships, backstabbing, murder, and human drama to keep my interest up.

So, to briefly recapitulate: do I recommend this book? Yes and no. If you happen to be the kind of book nerd (let's face it, LT might as well have been called Book Nerds Are Us) who is also a science freak, then by all means, don't wait a second more, and GET THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. If you, like me, are not overly fond of physics, then you might want to approach this book for the titillating human interest component, as long as you don't mind speed-reading through the yawn-fest bits. Otherwise, I suggest you skip it, put it out of your mind, and read a book that you already know you'll love—even though you haven't read it yet—which has been inexplicably sitting on your shelf for ages, because you and the book absolutely deserve it. ( )
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In his international bestseller In Search of Klingsor, Jorge Volpi takes us from the Institute of Advanced Study to the heart of Hitler's Germany, where the line between truth and lies is all but dissolved.Mysterious, seductive, and immediately engrossing, this startlingly accomplished thriller explores the nexus between science and human nature and how they shaped the world in the aftermath of World War II.In 1940, Francis Bacon, a brilliant young American physicist, is invited to join the prestigious institute at Princeton, the world's foremost physics research facility. But a series of personal indiscretions forces him to accept a different, more sinister, assignment: uncover "Klingsor," Hitler's top adviser on the scientific work in the Third Reich, including the race to create the first atomic bomb.Bacon's efforts to expose the truth lead him to Gustav Links, a survivor of the attempted coup against Hitler. With Link's help, he continues researching postwar Germany -- in an era when a secret was really a secret and a lie wasn't necessarily a sin -- and falls into a complicated relationship with an alluring woman. His search for Klingsor, an ominous and seemingly omnicient adversary, is part mystery, part psychological puzzle, part witty intellectual game. In Search of Klingsor places real people in speculative historical fiction, combining the ingenuity of a scientific investigation with the suspense of a great espionage novel.

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