The Shipyard (Paperback)

Juan Carlos Onetti

The Graham Greene of Uruguay... foreshadowing the work of Beckett and Camus

First published in 1961, The Shipyard chronicles an anti-hero named Larsen who returns to a fictional place, Santa Mar?a, to try to revive a useless and abandoned shipyard. With all the enthusiasm of a man condemned to be hanged, Larsen takes up his new post. Like the other workers at the shipyard, he routinely goes through the motions. Every so often, his sense of reality is shaken by a tremor of self-deception and then it is possible to believe that the yard?s glory is not just a thing of the past. In spite of its melancholy and sense of alienation, Onetti?s novel conveys, through its unique poetic language, a real sense of transcendence and hope. Allegorical, reflecting the decay and breakdown of Uruguayan society and modern urban life, The Shipyard is a landmark of Latin American literature.

Publication date: 04/12/2006


ISBN: 9781852424817

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction, World Literature

Introduction by: Nick Caistor

Juan Carlos Onetti

Juan Carlos Onetti

Acknowledged as one of the great Latin American writers of the twentieth century, Juan Carlos Onetti was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1909. For many years he worked as a journalist in Buenos Aires. His novels include The Well, No Man's Life, and his best known work, The Shipyard. He was awarded Uruguay's national literature prize in 1963 and Spain's prestigious Cervantes Prize in 1980. He lived in Madrid until his death in 1994.

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