El ángel roto by Gloria V. Casañas

By Gloria V. Casañas

Corre el año 1876, y los angeles presidencia de Nicolás Avellaneda se estremece bajo los ecos de una frustrada revolución. los angeles quandary económica sacude al país y el encono partidario entre mitristas y alsinistas desborda los cafés y las calles de Buenos Aires. l. a. colonización agrícola se yergue como una promesa en los rostros de los inmigrantes que llegan en oleadas: los tanos, los turcos, los gaitas y los rusos cambian l. a. fisonomía de una ciudad que deja atrás su pasado de Gran Aldea.
A ese escenario turbulento regresa Julián Zaldívar y Durand, y retoma los lazos que lo unían a los angeles clase dirigente. Sin embargo, no es el mismo de antes. los angeles sociedad porteña se horrorizaría si supiese lo que el soltero más codiciado del momento esconde en su propia casa. El hombre que regresa a su tierra a lamerse las heridas, como el león a su madriguera, se verá envuelto en toda clase de intrigas: políticas y de alcoba. Él, que había jurado no volver a enamorarse. Una mujer ilícita, una viuda intrigante, una joven desamparada y un antiguo amor ponen a prueba esa decisión. Entre los debates de los hacendados en los angeles Sociedad Rural, los angeles xenofobia en las pampas y los misterios del universo femenino, Julián Zaldívar, porteño nacido en cuna de oro, se enfrentará a los fantasmas de su propio pasado.
En los angeles más intimista de todas sus novelas, l. a. autora pinta un fresco de l. a. Buenos Aires de las últimas décadas del siglo XIX, con todos los matices que los angeles convirtieron en l. a. Reina del Plata.

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Whereas the air I disturbed and infected with my presence can have been of but shallow volume. Fairies I never saw – I had a kind of fear and distaste for them even in books. Nor for that matter – perhaps because the stream here was too tumbling and opaque – a kingfisher. But whatever other company may have been mine, I had the clouds and the water and the insects and the stones – while pimpernel, mouse-tail, tormentil, the wild strawberry, the feathery grasses seemed to have been made expressly for my delight.

Now and again he would favour me with a serious speech, and then, with a glance, perhaps hurry away to his study 53 before I could answer. To his half-completed dissertations on Hop, Cherry, and Paper, I learned he had added another, on the Oyster. Many of his letters were now postmarked Whitstable. He even advertised in his old enemy, the Courier, for information: and would break out into furious abuse at the stupidity of his correspondents. Meanwhile his appetite increased; he would nod in his chair; his clothes grew shabby; his appearance neglected.

A challenge which rarely failed to persuade me to set to. My grandfather sent me other pygmy books from Paris, including a minute masterpiece of calligraphy, Une Anthologie de Chansons pour une Minuscule Aimante et Bien-aimée par P. de R. These I could easily carry about with me. I soon learned to accustom my arms and shoulders to bulkier and more cumbrous volumes. My usual method with a common-sized book was to prop it up towards the middle of the table and then to seat myself at the edge. The page finished, I would walk across and turn over a fresh leaf.

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