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The Ballad of Johnny Sosa depicts an ordinary man trying to live out his dreams in a dreary provincial town in central Uruguay while suffering in the tentacles of military oppression. Every night, Johnny Sosa, a poor, young, black musician, sings melancholic soul music in the small bar in the town's brothel, dreaming of a life beyond his confining world, and for a few hourThe Ballad of Johnny Sosa depicts an ordinary man trying to live out his dreams in a dreary provincial town in central Uruguay while suffering in the tentacles of military oppression. Every night, Johnny Sosa, a poor, young, black musician, sings melancholic soul music in the small bar in the town's brothel, dreaming of a life beyond his confining world, and for a few hours each day ignoring the secretive and oppressive military regime - a dictatorship not so much seen as felt - that has taken over his country." He attracts the attention of the local military leader who uses Sosa for his own political ends and, for a while, Johnny is permitted to sing and to imagine that he will perform at the national festival, where discovery and success may well be waiting for him. However, as his friends mysteriously start to disappear, Johnny begins to realize the price of his dream, and he must decide if he will pay it....

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ISBN : 9781585672240
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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  • dianne
    2020-01-21 17:53

    What a delightful story, delightfully told. i think this might be the first tale of the effect on the life of someone totally apolitical, if that is possible, by the imposition of the military junta in Uruguay 1973-84. Usually, the stories are of the militants, the resistance, the activists. In this, a Black, notably talented artist - i guess that probably makes him political, eh? - in an absolutely nowhere nuthin' town in the middle of the uninhabited pampas, becomes a target for the use of the local Junta. He is torn between the crap he can see through and the wishes of his not-so-wise lover as he tumbles inevitably downhill, making cringe-worthy decisions, taking agonizing steps. Amazingly -you'll finish reading the last page -> laughing.Highly recommended for anyone who would like to be convinced that there is a world of great stuff to read out there.

  • Enas
    2020-01-17 23:38

    ο τζόνι σόσα είναι ένας ονειροπόλος νέγρος που λατρεύει τα μπλουζ. περνάει τα πρωινά του ακούγωντας ευλαβικά την ιστορία του ινδάλματός του στο ραδιόφωνο και τα βράδια παίζει τη μουσική του στο καμπαρέ του μικρού χωριού κάπου στην ουρουγουάη.η ρουτίνα του τζόνι και ολόκληρου του χωριού θα αλλάξει με τον ερχομό της στρατιωτικής δικτατορίας, η οποία έχει να προσφέρει πολλά στον τζόνι ζητώντας του για αντάλλαγμα το προφανές, την ελευθερία του.ο μάριο δελγάδο απαραΐν γράφει άψογα αυτή την ιστορία, πιστός στην παράδοση των μεγάλων λατινοαμερικάνων συγγραφέων, καθώς καταφέρνει μέσω αυτής να μιλήσει για κάθε χώρα που έχει περάσει αντίστοιχες σκοτεινές περιόδους.η καχυποψία των κατοίκων, ο διχασμός που προκαλεί η δικτατορία, η αντίσταση και οι καταδότες, η έπαρση των πραξικοπηματιών, η μοιρολατρία των αδυνάμων, όλα είναι παρών σε αυτό το βιβλίο γραμμένα εύστοχα και με ζωντάνια.για τέλος αντιγράφω ένα κομμάτι από την εισαγωγή που έγραψε ο λουίς σεπούλβεδα:''φαντάζομαι πως θα 'χετε πια καταλάβει ότι είμαι ένας απροκάλυπτος θαυμαστής της μπαλάντας του τζόνι σόσα, κατά κάποιο τρόπο, μάλιστα, είστε συνεργοί σ' αυτή την πρώτη μου συνάντηση με τον μάριο ντελγάδο απαραΐν, αφού, στην πραγματικότητα, δεν έχουμε ιδωθεί ποτέ κι έχουμε πολλά να γιορτάσουμε παρέα. καλωσόρισες, λοιπόν, αναγνώστη, αναγνώστρια, σ' αυτή τη σύναξη των συνωμοτών.''

  • João Carlos
    2019-12-30 19:00

    Mario Delgado Aparaín oferece-nos uma grande novela com apenas cento e nove páginas – apresentando-nos uma personagem verdadeiramente inesquecível, de seu nome Johnny Sosa, um pobre negro sem dentes, amante dos blues e fascinado pelo intérprete Lou Brakley, que todos os sábados num inglês completamente indecifrável canta no bar/bordel Chantecler, na pequena aldeia Mosquitos, situada no interior do Uruguai.Johnny Sosa vive com a sua esposa Diana, adepta do tango, um dos períodos mais trágicos e repressivos da história do Uruguai, oprimidos por um regime ditadorial, retratado por Mario Delgado Aparaín com uma simplicidade e crueldade; evidenciando em pequenos detalhes a violência exercida sobre os habitantes da pequena aldeia, fomentada por um poder destrutivo que altera irreversivelmente as suas rotinas e as suas convicções.Persuadido pela sua adorável mulher e pelos caciques do regime ditadorial Johnny Sosa decide enveredar por uma mudança radical do seu visual e do seu estilo musical, numa tentativa de se libertar da sua monótona vida quotidiana. No entanto, Johnny prefere manter a dignidade a ficar subjugado ao poder autoritário dos militares, defendendo-se afincadamente contra um sistema ideológico opressivo, refutando igualmente a sua amada mulher, numa sequência final de antologia e suspense, revelando um acto de coragem inimaginável.“A Balada de Johnny Sosa” é uma novela triste e simbólica, mas com escrita de excelente qualidade literária…

  • Sónia
    2019-12-29 22:41

    Esta pequena obra tem como pano de fundo um País que procura liberdade, em que o seu povo vive amarrado ao passado e, em simultâneo, à espera de um futuro adquirido com base no vincar das suas ideologias. À partida seria uma estória como tantas outras, apenas tendo os ingredientes que apresentei. Mas não é o caso... Com um humor característico mostra-nos o quão difícil pode ser a dualidade entre o onde estamos e para onde vamos, assim como aquilo que se é e o que outros querem de nós. O segredo?... Bem, esse está patente em duas características absolutamente primordiais: dignidade e integridade e este livro mostra-nos tal de uma forma bastante peculiar...Para ler e, principalmente, reflectir. Isto tendo em conta que vivemos um tempo em que as personalidades de plástico vão estando cada vez mais em voga...

  • Cloud Jumpa
    2020-01-06 20:01

    Interesting and humorous. Definitely something different. :)

  • Tim Mode
    2020-01-07 17:37

    eh...

  • George
    2019-12-31 18:01

    Great in its simpleness.