El sueño de los héroes by Adolfo Bioy Casares

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By Adolfo Bioy Casares

Las preocupaciones y los temas característicos de los relatos de Adolfo Bioy Casares se dan cita nuevamente en El sueño de los héroes, novela en l. a. que lo fantástico irrumpe en los angeles trivialidad cotidiana de una pandilla de amigos que, durante tres días del carnaval de 1927, recorren los suburbios de Buenos Aires en busca de aventuras y diversiones. Articulada en torno al enfrentamiento entre el turbio health care professional Valerga y Emilio Gauna y a l. a. pasión de este por Clara, el cruce entre espacios y tiempos diferentes adquiere en esta ocasión un tono sombrío y dramático, ya que el intento de regresar al pasado ignora de forma imprudente que ese peligroso viaje no implica l. a. repetición de las situaciones vividas, sino que puede dar lugar al despliegue de posibilidades anteriormente evitadas.

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Ha! Then I was right, all those years. You knew it was just politeness when I pretended to listen to his sermons. ) Not here. No sign. PIGG I don’t understand. PEGG It’s difficult to explain. It’s not as if it’s a big space like what you’d expect. Doesn’t look like prairie land. PIGG Don’t blame me. I never expected anything. ) It’s more like lots of tiny ones, but that’s not quite right either. I can hear them in lots of other spaces, but I can’t see them all. Just a few. It’s like being in a mist.

Just for me. Something special. But you couldn’t. Not then, not now. You were being practical back then. That’s what you said. But what about now? I can’t live for you, breathe for you, beat my heart for your heart much longer. ) What am I supposed to do? If I do nothing, I’m gone anyway. ) If I do . . do . . that, no, no . . ) Those visions got you nowhere. Where would you have been without someone practical. Didn’t you have me? ) Just once, to be alone. PEGG Dreamer. ) So when I saw the rising sun, I could for one solitary instant even think I was alone, imagine what it would be like to be alone.

Doc Roberts would pay . . Holy Moses. Say, you sure you want to come? PEGG We want to come. On my honor. And the head money . . ) Money. Say, I’ll give you head money. For both together. But five dollars is all. And you sign, sign yourselves over to me. PEGG Five dollars— As Captain, pigg answers firmly, thinking pegg wants more. PIGG Five dollars. Here. Take it. Get your stuff aboard. You can settle in right now. ) Hey, how are you goin’ to sleep? And use the heads? Come on, Mr. Pigg-Pegg, you’ve a lot to learn me before the tide turns.

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