Cuento de invierno by Mark Helprin

By Mark Helprin

Una fábula de amor con elementos mágicos, ambientada a principios del siglo XX en Nueva York. Mark Helprin nació en Nueva York en 1947 en el seno de una familia estrechamente relacionada con el mundo del cine, y actualmente live en una casa de campo en Virginia. Educado en Harvard, Princeton y Oxford, Helprin trabajó para el ejército israelí mientras ejercía como periodista para the hot Yorker, the hot York occasions y The Washington submit, y como autor de ensayos y obras de ficción para adultos y niños.Su primera novela fue publicada en 1977, pero el éxito extraordinario llegó en 1983 con Cuento de invierno, una novela que ya forma parte de l. a. gran tradición norteamericana.

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Yet this is truly the odd part: the few who are sitting about at ease are as well fed as shoats. Amazing! Only the loafers are taken care of: the bread-makers have no bread. I asked a man plowing in a field why they didn't all behave like the wise ones who did nothing and who yet enjoyed all the fruits of the land. "They wouldn't like that," he said. " I asked him. He looked at me in positive bewilderment. His battered hands clenched and unclenched like live trout on a river bank. "You mean the rich," I said.

I have enough life in me for twelve men. I could father a city, design a snowflake. I joked with two men in a Harlem bar. Everyone suddenly felt happy because my laughter was unafraid. I thought that I could borrow some money from them. Even before 50 I had the words in the air, they had heard and were half-way, across the room on their way out. Yes, yes, of course, money— their money—don't ask me for that! But they can't buy me. I'll take their money but I won't give them anything back. Spit in their faces .

Hitler will be gone tomorrow—a withered leaf falling into a millrace—but the hatred of Hitler will live to breed others like him. I do not hate Hitler. I hate what brought him into being— and the thing that keeps him where he is. I am interested in humanity. Hitler serves the enemies of his people more than the people themselves. He is the hate! "We have no quarrel with the German people," said the late Woodrow Wilson. I believe that the German working class will know what to do with Hitler when the proper time comes; and I believe that the English, French, Italian, and American Hitlers will be dealt with in the proper way too.

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