Baroni: A Journey

Sergio Chejfec

NOVEL. ALFAGUARA, 2007. 184 PAGES.

Baroni is a real character. Baroni is a fictional character. This novel shows that these are not contradictory statements. The real character is Rafaela Baroni, a well-known popular artist who lives in a small town in the Venezuelan foothills. There, she carves wooden figures that are almost always religious, treats the sick, predicts tragedies and dies slowly. But then Baroni is revived: twice a year she performs her own death. The fictional character is a mysterious, multi-faceted figure transfigured by memory, landscapes, multiple experiences and the community in which she dwells.

Baroni: A Journey is the fulfilment of a wandering gaze that travels across the protagonist’s native country, surveying the mysteries of a popular religiosity and also the just as mysterious conditions necessary for artistic creation. As in all of Sergio Chefjec’s books, in Baroni: A Journey, thought plays a central role in the writing. And once more he faithfully and brilliantly reproduces his unique style.

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PUBLISHED BY: Spanish ALFAGUAR / CANDAYA

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