The Way to Paradise (Mario Vargas Llosa, 2003)

Vargas Llosa knows where paradise lies Blinded by syphilis, rotting alive, Paul Gauguin, just before his death, attempts to turn the wild secret of the South Seas into color. Around 50 years earlier, Flora Tristán heads to the shantytowns of major European cities, she sees the excesses of prostitution in London, the adverse conditions of …

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Memories of my melancholy whores (Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 2004)

Gabriel Garcia Márquez 'novel "Memories of my melancholy whores" "Sex is the only a comfort when love is not enough," is one of the key words in the new novel by Gabriel Garcia Márquez. This slim work by the 77-year-old Nobel Prize winner from 1982 is all about love, unfulfilled yearnings, disappointments and newly discovered great …

The essay as a novel: Identity (Milan Kundera 1997, reprinted 2017)

On Milan Kundera's novel essay "Identity" Much does not happen in Milan Kundera's latest novel, Identity, except perhaps in the imagination. The imagination dominates the action of the characters in the novel and the progress of the story. From the banality of contented life, the characters develop thoughts about disturbances of contentment, about the death …

In the digital frame of Heidegger

Martin Heidegger speaks of technology as a "Gestell" or a "frame". This is not a finished construction, but an activity of "ordering". Modern technology, for him, is the culmination of the "conquest of the world as a picture". For Heidegger, the word "image" means "the structure of imaginative creation" - an activity "of the calculation, the planning and the cultivation of all things." The totality of this representational production, the framework, is itself not technical, but a fateful relationship of man to his world and to himself. In the placing and ordering of nature, according to Heidegger, man makes it a "standing-reserve ". Forests, coal seams, oil wells, ore mines belong to the  earth, materials and energies that man has turned into "standing-reserve" in the attempt to make a more efficient output.