[Marxism] the man who loved dogs by leonardo padura - bookforum.com / daily review
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Tue Jan 28 09:02:45 MST 2014
A novel with this much going on risks inconsistency, and Padura's
Trotsky sections are a slog. The result of deep research, these parts
are overstuffed with names and events, gummed up by impenetrable
historical context, and too cautious in their portrait of the man
himself. Trotsky spends pages upon pages fretting over the political
fate of his followers and enemies, many of whom are, at least for a lay
American reader, difficult to distinguish. Trotsky, meanwhile, has all
the liveliness of a textbook subject. His actions are over-explained;
his emotions are described, not shown; and his predicament is repeated
ad nauseam. "He didn't have any power, he didn't have millions of
followers, nor did he have a party," Padura writes late in the book.
None of this has changed since page 1. We get the point.
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