Los adioses

Los adioses / Farewells

Novel , 1954

Punto de Lectura

'I am particularly fond of Farewells. I wrote it very quickly, with lots of love, even for the words. Some of my other works may be more literary. But I have a special feeling for it, I like it more.' Juan Carlos Onetti

In Farewells, a young international basketball player is dying of tuberculosis. His arrival at a sanatorium in a mountain holiday resort prompts speculative and, at times, vicious gossip among the guests. The narrator, café-owner cum shopkeeper, recalls the physical beauty of the dying sportsman with admiration and affection. The male nurse and hotel maid, the tubercular residents and the café clientele wonder over this enigmatic loner. Letters arrive... Two women visit –his wife and his mistress? He moves into a chalet... Making love in his condition? Is this a scandalous threesome? Incest? Or 'that oddity, the well-knit family'? Who can tell? Subtle detail, snatches of conversation and the café-owner's recollections create a mysterious network of unlikely relationships in 1950's Argentina.

"Para muchos es la obra maestra de Onetti —también él dijo con frecuencia que era la que prefería entre las suyas— (…) He leído Los adioses muchas veces, desde que tenía veinte años, y estoy convencido de que es una de las dos o tres mejores novelas cortas que se han escrito en español." Antonio Muñoz Molina