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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Father couldn’t handle Mother’s bourgeois life.

The mother spends a good part of the time telling the boy the story of how he and his father met, fell in love, then came apart. No Place for Heroes is an addition to that long tradition of the eternal odd couple—in works ranging from Waiting for Godot to Kiss of the Spider Woman —waiting for their fortunes to change, written by one of the most talented and internationally celebrated authors at work today.

No Place For Heroes

I love firstreads and I am grateful to publishers for posting book contests. Posted by viswanathan at 7: The first part of the novel is a bit claustrophobic as the two characters go back and forth largely within the confines of themselves and their hotel room. Talese first published May 1st Restrepo sets some boundaries for herself by this mechanism and does fairly well within them.


The novel brings out the dark period of the Dirty War in Argentina when thousands of people ‘disappeared’, exiled, tortured and killed. In her words, this was the beginning of the fall of the dictatorship. Restrepo’s novel parallels heores plots: He desperately wants to meet him and get to know who this mysterious man in his life is.

Demasiados héroes / To Many Heroes

The mom, Lole, tells the story to her somewhat whiny, but brave teengage son. At “present,” the mom finally grants her son’s wishes to meet his father. Thousands of young people from the middle class believed in their noble cause and plunged into the resistance movement with a romantic revolutionary fervor. To view it, click here. Runs off with Son. The next, she’s meeting her son’s father herose the first time on a secret mission to exchange goods and information that could have killed them both.

Madre e hijo usan lenguajes supremamente distintos, y aun asi sus conversaciones logran dejar perplejo al lector y meterlo a las calles de Buenos Aires a vivir sus historias y a escuchar sus “tragedias”. I had to continue and I finally bailed over a quarter thru.

Emocionante a la par que devastador relato sobre la dictadura y sus consecuencias. Es mas un 3. However, it is the presentation of the resistance itself and the fear in which they lived that are the most memorable parts of the book.


Latin American Affairs: No place for héros – novel by Laura Restrepo

Otra vez Laura Restrepo buscando, buscando! Mother gets Son back. Nunca pense que los dialogos pudieran contar una historia con tanta claridad. Newer Post Older Post Home. Jul 22, Katherine Marple rated it it was ok. Ideally, I’d rate it 2. Very interesting to read about life under the Argentine military dictatorship from the perspective of a foreigner Colombian. Ramon herles Lorenza’s plan but lets her get away.

No Place For Heroes by Laura Restrepo

Anything goes as this volatile pair battle it out: She gives a vivid account of the good life in Buenos Aires by taking the readers through the lively and elegant cafes, bars and restaurants as well as the discrete but unmissable ‘telos’ of Buenos Aires.

Sep 09, Natasha rated it liked it.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a latin american novel.