Demasiados Héroes was a strange piece, on one hand you had very skilled storytelling by Laura Restrepo in the way she portrays the clandestinity of the. Una novela sobre el conflicto generacional y la distancia entre madre e hijo con la dictadura argentina de fondo, de la mano de la ganadora. The novel ‘No place for heroes’ (Demasiados heroes) by the Colombian author, Laura Restrepo, resonated more with me since the story is.

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I felt like I was walking in the dark through the entire book. The mom, Lole, tells the story to her somewhat whiny, but brave teengage son.

Restrepl novel really builds until the end, and there’s a final twist that is worth the wait. Somehow, it managed just that. All three strands tie and echo fairly well, but the tone overall and some stilted language due to the translation?

Mother takes Son to BsAs to find him. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This was a very easy-to-read book and I enjoyed a lot doing it. Ideally, I’d rate it 2.

Demasiados héroes / To Many Heroes

She also won the “Grinzane Cavour” Prize in Italy for best foreign fiction in This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. However, once the story begins to progress, especially through various flashbacks, I found myself drawn into the scenes about secret meetings, spies in the revolution, and the constant fear the characters lived under.

This work trails a mother and son: This story and the story of the abduction and recovery of the son at an early age by the resterpo form the other two narrative strands. In the end, they begin to come to a more truthful understanding of each other and their human condition.


Described as a postmodern kid with no opinion of the hard times of military dictatorship, it seems clear Laura didn’t know what exactly to do with him. Lorenza persuades Ramon to shift to Colombia when they get a baby. She had actually lived there for four years as a member of the underground resistance, married an Argentine and had a son from him in Buenos Aires.

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He is a child of the 90s Es mas un 3. Emocionante a la par que devastador relato sobre la dictadura y sus consecuencias. Oct 05, Russ rated it liked it Shelves: Mother gets Son back. Jun 30, Tony rated demaslados liked it Shelves: Or is this novel about the 70s Dirty War?

Demasiaos Giveaways win for me. Restrepo’s narration of the resistance is also authentic reflecting her own political activities in Argentina, Colombia and Spain as well as her journalistic experience of covering the Colombian guerillas.

Restrepo sets some boundaries for herself by this mechanism and does fairly well within them. While this novel won’t earn Restrepo a place among the great writers from South America, it shows her to be a compelling author whose work is worth watching. I don’t know if this is intended by the author because he grew up without a father figure so he might not know how to act as a man, but for me as the reader, it became tiresome to try to mentally place him in the story. There seems to essentially be no point to the entire novel.

Ramon knows Lorenza’s plan but lets her get away.

In it was the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Feb 02, astried added it Shelves: Normally when I pick up a book and hate it by page 37, I don’t waste my day trying to finish it, but brand it a DNF and state why without giving a rating and then proceed to get on with my life and hopefully read a better book.


Demasiaos have read many Argentine books and novels about the travails of the Argentine society during the dictatorship. Very interesting to read about life under the Argentine military dictatorship from the perspective of a foreigner Colombian. Aug 03, Carlos rated it liked it Shelves: Throughout, the dialogue has an uneasiness to it that I suppose I demasixdos attribute to translation issues, thus the first 50 pages or so heroed difficult to get through.

Lorenza tells him about her revolutionary younger days, her uncertain life in Argentina and her love for Ramon.

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I’m posting this for swap so that someone else can have it and possibly enjoy it. Another issue that I had was the mother simply told the story. The novel really builds until the end, and t I initially had trouble with this novel and contemplated putting it away.

Was he 6 or 26? That’s what it looked like. Restrepo uses mini-stories within the novel to describe the path a mother takes to find her formerly kidnapped baby boy. I’m not sure if some of it was lost in translation, but there weren’t any funny moments.