Nietzsche on His Balcony by Carlos Fuentes audiobook

Nietzsche on His Balcony

By Carlos Fuentes
Translated by E. Shaskan Bumas  and Alejandro Branger
Read by Robert Fass

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9.69 Hours 1
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On a hot, insomniac night at the Hotel Metropol, the novelist Carlos Fuentes steps onto his balcony only to find another man on the balcony next door. The other man asks for news of the social strife turning into revolution in the unnamed city below them. He reveals himself as the nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, permitted to revisit earth once a year for twenty-four hours based on his theory of eternal return. With tenderness and gallows humor, the novelist and the philosopher unflinchingly tell the story of the beginning of the revolution, its triumph, fanaticism, terror, and retrenchment: a story of love, friendship, family, commitment, passion, corruption, betrayal, violence, and hope.

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Summary

Summary

On a hot, insomniac night at the Hotel Metropol, the novelist Carlos Fuentes steps onto his balcony only to find another man on the balcony next door. The other man asks for news of the social strife turning into revolution in the unnamed city below them. He reveals himself as the nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, permitted to revisit earth once a year for twenty-four hours based on his theory of eternal return.

With tenderness and gallows humor, the novelist and the philosopher unflinchingly tell the story of the beginning of the revolution, its triumph, fanaticism, terror, and retrenchment: a story of love, friendship, family, commitment, passion, corruption, betrayal, violence, and hope.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mexico’s greatest novelist.” Guardian (London), praise for the author
“In [Nietzsche on His Balcony], the author reflects on love, justice, and power…This work is masterly but exasperating, penetrating but disjointed, fascinating but sometimes opaque.” Library Journal
“With great versatility, narrator Robert Fass rises to Carlos Fuentes’ challenging masterpiece. This intricate psychological novel requires much attention from its narrator…[as] the audiobook jumps from inner monologue to character study, and Fass steers with control and sensitivity…Fass’ versatility is commendable and matches the meandering nature of the work. Though often humorous, Fass appropriately assesses the gravity of Fuentes’ account of Mexico’s political turbulence and avoids hammy German accents for the title character. His delivery ensures that the listener cannot fail to be moved by the beauty and horror of Mexico’s revolution.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Carlos Fuentes

Author Bio: Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) was one of the most influential and celebrated voices in Latin American literature. He was the author of twenty-four novels as well as numerous plays, short stories, and essays. He received the 1987 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor. He was born in Panama City, the son of Mexican parents, and moved to Mexico as a teenager. He served as an ambassador to England and France and taught at universities including Harvard, Princeton, Brown and Columbia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 9.69
Audience: Adult
Language: English