La Lira de Orfeo

La Lira de Orfeo

Paperback Language: Spanish

By (author) Robertson Davies, Translated by Concha Cardenoso Saenz De Miera


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  • Publisher: Libros del Asteroide S.L.U.
  • Format: Paperback | 481 pages
  • Language: Spanish
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 28mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2009
  • ISBN 10: 8492663073
  • ISBN 13: 9788492663071
  • Edition: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,499,652

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The foundation funded by Francis Cornish's inheritance has decided to pursue one of its first projects: the staging of E.T.A. Hoffman's unfinished opera, "The Court of Arthur. "The person in charge of carrying out the task is Hulda Schnakenburg, a brilliant and peculiar graduate student, who will be assisted by Simon Darcourt in writing the libretto. Unfortunately, complications arise in such a way that those involved in the project seem to be acting out the plot of the opera themselves, thus proving Hoffman's utterance that "the lyre of Orpheus opens the door of the underworld." Davies's extraordinary knowledge of theater is clear as he showcases the behind-the-scenes drama of theatrical and musical productions, while also reflecting upon how oftentimes our basest instincts impose themselves and force us to act in unexpected ways. Although it can be read independently, this novel is the third installment of The Cornish Trilogy. "La fundacion constituida con el legado del mecenas Francis Cornish ha decidido acometer uno de sus primeros proyectos: la representacion de "Arturo de Britania," una opera inconclusa de E.T.A. Hoffmann. La encargada de realizar la tarea sera Hulda Schnakenburg, una brillante y peculiar estudiante de doctorado, que contara con la ayuda de Simon Darcourt en la redaccion del libreto. Desgraciadamente los trabajos se complican de tal manera que los involucrados en el proyecto parecen estar representando el argumento de la opera y hacen buena la cita de Hoffmann que dice La lira de Orfeo abre las puertas del otro mundo. En esta novela Davies muestra su extraordinario conocimiento de las artes escenicas plasmando los enredos de las producciones teatrales y musicales, a la vez que reflexiona sobre como a menudo nuestros mas bajos instintos se imponen y nos conducen a actuar insospechadamente. "Aunque puede ser leida independientemente, esta novela es el tercer libro de la Trilogia de Cornish.""""

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Author information

Robertson Davies was a Canadian author, journalist, and playwright. His most famous works are his novels, which were organized into trilogies: The Salterton Trilogy, The Deptford Trilogy, The Cornish Trilogy, and the uncompleted Toronto Trilogy. Concha Cardeñoso is a translator who has translated many of Robertson Davies' novels.

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""Do yourself a favor: don't put off the pleasure of reading it." --"El Pais