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Delirium : a novel
Laura Restrepo
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Summary: Internationally acclaimed for the virtuosity and power of her fiction, Laura Restrepo has created inDeliriuma passionate, lyrical, devastating tale of eros and insanity. Aguilar, an unemployed literature professor who has resorted to selling dog food for a living, returns home from a short trip to discover that his wife, Agustina, has gone mad. He doesn't know what has happened during his absence, and in his search for answers, he gradually unearths profound and shadowy secrets about her past. On one level,Deliriumreads like a detective story, as the reader pieces together information to discover the roots of Agustina's madness. But it is also a remarkably nuanced novel whose currents run much deeper, delving into the minds of four characters: Aguilar, a husband passionately in love with his wife and determined to rescue her from insanity: Agustina, a beautiful woman from an upper-class Colombian family who is caught in the throes of madness; Midas, a drug-trafficker and money-launderer, who is Agustina's former lover; and Nicolas, Agustina's grandfather. Through the mixing of these distinct voices, Laura Restrepo creates a searing portrait of a society battered by war and corruption as well as an intimate look at the daily lives of people struggling to stay sane in an unstable country. Deliriumalready has been awarded the 2004 Premio Alfaguara, the 2006 Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France for best translated fiction. It is an ambitious and deeply affecting masterwork by one of Latin America's most important contemporary voices.


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main characters Aguilar
Male
Married
Former literature professor; delivers dog food to pay the bills; trying to find the cause of his wife's descent into madness; passionately in love with his wife; determined to rescue Agustina from insanity.
Delivery man

Agustina
Female
Married
Aguilar's wife; had a privileged but troubled past; tried to win her abusive and dominant father's affection; slowly losing her sanity.

Midas
Male
Agustina's former lover; money launderer.
Drug trafficker

Nicholas Portulinus
Male
German
Augustina's grandfather.



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