Monday, May 21, 2012

The Anatomist by Federico Andahazi

Title: The Anatomist
Original title (language): El anatomista (Spanish)

Author: Federico Andahazi
Publisher: Gyldendal
Year: 1997
Read in: Danish
Where'd I get this copy: Library
The Anatomist on Goodreads.

Teaser (from Goodreads):

In sixteenth-centruy Venice, celebrated physician Mateo Colombo finds himself behind bars at the behest of the Church authorities. His is a crime of disclosure, heinous and heretical in the Church's eyes, in that his research threatens to subvert the whole secular order of Renaissance society. Like his namesake Christopher Colombus, he has made a discovery of enormous significance for humankind. Whereas Colombus voyaged outward to explore the world and found the Americas, Mateo Colombo looked inward, across the mons veneris, and uncovered the clitoris. 


The Anatomist is mature, weird/bizarre, alternative, entertaining, fascinating, provocative, filed under "European humour" at the library -- though I just think it's hella awesome, both respectful and disrespectful towards women, can't seem to decide on whether something is good or bad, macabre, insightful, and all in all a book I'd only recommend if you're looking to learn more on prostitution in 1558. Which I honestly believe we all are, right?

I actually really like the English cover. It's quite beautiful although the phrase what is this anatomy you speak of comes to mind.
The prose is very fluent and, shockingly, beautiful at times. The books creates a beautiful loop that's neatly tied up and although you may never connect with the characters you still feel some kind of satisfaction on their behalf when the story is "put to rest". 

Lastly, I never did finish Perfume: The Story of a Murderer but I think these two might be somewhat alike.


Frederikke, out.

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