The Tunnel

The Tunnel

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Framed as the confession of a tormented outcast who has murdered the only woman capable of understanding him, Ernesto Sabato's The Tunnel has been acclaimed as a masterpiece by writers such as Albert Camus and Graham Greene. This Penguin Classics edition is translated by Margaret Sayers Peden with an introduction by Colm Toibin.Infamous for the murder of Maria Iribarne, the artist Juan Pablo Castel is now writing a detailed account of his relationship with the victim from his prison cell: obsessed from the first moment he saw her examining one of his paintings, Castel had become fixated on her over the next months and fantasized over how they might meet again. When he happened upon her one day, a relationship was formed which swiftly convinced him of their mutual love. But Castel's growing paranoia would lead him to destroy the one thing he truly cared about...Ernesto Sabato (1911-2011) was born in Rojas, a small town in Buenos Aires Province. He read physics at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, attended the Sorbonne in Paris, and worked at the Curie Institute. After World War II, he lost faith in science and began writing fiction.If you enjoyed The Tunnel, you might like Albert Camus' The Outsider, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'Sabato captures the intensity of passions run into uncharted passages where love promises not tranquillity, but danger'Los Angeles Times'An existentialist classic ... Retains a chilling, memorable power'The New York Times Book Review
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 10mm | 58.97g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141194545
  • 9780141194547
  • 113,227

About Ernesto Sabato

Ernesto Sabato was born in Argentina in 1911. He earned a PhD in physics before relocating to Paris. After World War II, he lost faith in science and began writing fiction, although he would burn much of his work. His three published novels are The Tunnel (1948), his masterpiece On Heroes and Tombs (1961) and The Angel of Darkness (1974). He also led the commission investigating those who disappeared during Argentina's Dirty War of the 1970s. Sabato died in 2011, two months before his 100th birthday.
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'An existentialist classic ... Retains a chilling, memorable power' * The New York Times Book Review * 'Sabato captures the intensity of passions run into uncharted passages where love promises not tranquillity, but danger' * Los Angeles Times * Heralded by Albert Camus and Thomas Mann and widely translated, ''The Tunnel'' is the brief, obsessive, sometimes delirious confession of a convicted murderer. -- Robert Coover * New York Times Book Review *
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This short novel is a wonderful existential piece that drew me in from the first page. I love the way the reader is taken into the killer's mind, following him as he tries to explain things, only to digress as his thoughts take him elsewhere. Of course, we know from the start that he will kill Maria, but that adds to the tension and we hold our breath during each argument, waiting for the moment he'll snap. I read this book in one sitting as it was impossible to put down. The characters and storyline are gripping and the pacing is perfect. At times it reminded me of certain works by Camus. Sabato does a wonderful job of disrupting our expectations so that we are constantly changing our opinion of Castel; one moment we pity him and are on his side, the next we are experiencing fear and horror at his actions. Anyone who enjoys the works of authors such as Camus and Kafka should check out this book. I received this book as an e-book ARC from more
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