The Beauty of the World

Héctor Tizón

NOVEL. SEIX BARRAL, 2005. 205 PAGES

A twenty-something beekeeper falls in love with teenage Laura and they quickly marry. He is solitary and taciturn; she is cheerful and restless, sometimes tearful as if yearning for something more.Time goes by and an unforeseen event casts the beekeeper out of the house where he was born and into a twenty-years pilgrimage, reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey. Unlike the Homeric epic, however, which hymns its hero, La belleza del mundo depicts the gradual transformations of a man with no name who finds himself, as we all do, cast out into an empty landscape where the only consolation is offered by nature and memory. His distilled style, laconic tone and prose breathes with the very rhythm of the world are some of the values for which critics hail Héctor Tizón as one of the best writers in Spanish.

"Profound. Touching. A novel about man's insight,

that does not aim at quantifying the beauty of the World,

because it can be traced in the story told".

La Voz del Interior

 

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