Alvaro Mutis…The Lookout A Literary Biography for Academic Library Distribution
Álvaro Mutis (1923-2013) the Colombian poet and novelist (Latin-American Modernist) and close friend of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, created one of Latin American Literature’s more memorable characters, the rambling and ruminative Maqroll, an inadvertent explorer of jungles and his own jaded soul for whom life seemed a long and futile boat ride, mostly upriver, and often running aground.
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Maqroll the Gaviero (the Lookout) is one of the most alluring and memorable characters in the fiction of the last twenty-five years. His extravagant and hopeless undertakings, his brushes with the law and scrapes with death, and his enduring friendships and unlooked-for love affairs make him a Don Quixote for our day, driven from one place to another by a restless and irregular quest for the absolute. Álvaro Mutis's seven dazzling chronicles of the adventures and misadventures of Maqroll have won him numerous honors and a passionately devoted readership throughout the world.
In this entertaining one hour film, we are introduced to Mutis in his own words, his poems and novels, his characters, and reflections on his life from novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
“…North Americans may be reminded of Melville-more a matter, perhaps, of affinity than of influence.” –John Updike.
The Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas threatened to sue Mr. Mutis if he ever killed off his beloved character. Mr. Mutis spoke of Maqroll as if he were a living person. “He often accompanies me, but we are no longer side by side but face to face,” he said in an interview with the writer Francisco Goldman. “So Maqroll doesn’t surprise me too much, but he does torment me and keep me company. He is more and more himself, and less my creation, because of course, as I write novels, I load him up with experiences and actions and places that I don’t know but that he of course does.”
Alvaro Mutis…The Lookout DVD for academic library purchase $350.00
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