By Iris Murdoch
Una novela divertida y profunda a un tiempo, y con un elemento de suspense que explora con maestría los temas que desde siempre han preocupado a l. a. autora: el amor, l. a. amistad y l. a. perversa frontera que separa el bien y el mal.
El eco de un tiro en los despachos de Whitehall, el complejo administrativo que el gobierno inglés posee en el centro de Londres, no anuncia tan solo l. a. extraña muerte de un alto funcionario, sino también el principio de una sutil intriga.
Kate y Octavian, jefe del departamento donde trabajaba el difunto, forman un matrimonio aparentemente feliz que alberga en su casa de Dorset a un extravagante grupo de personajes: un excéntrico tío que abandonó l. a. India bajo sospecha, un atormentado amigo superviviente de Dachau, el abogado responsable del caso y amante platónico de Kate, hijos de distintos matrimonios, conocidos, visitantes ocasionales...
Y todos ellos relacionados de un modo u otro con el muerto en una deliciosa comedia de errores, donde las sonrisas esconden a menudo pecados de mucha hondura.
«Un originalísimo mundo novelístico de una interminable seducción.»
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Yet the definition of literacy was simultaneously restrictive enough that many or most working-class English people would never be able to count as fully literate: to speak with a regional accent, for example, or to use one’s education for radical ends, potentially labeled one as illiterate. The figure of the speaking worker marked, then, a point where two competing or contradictory concepts of literacy collided. An illiterate worker’s speech offered the promise of future education, the possibility of improvement, and even the liberal utopia of a fully educated, middle-class England.
In a manner that has since become familiar, Carlyle’s valorization of a hitherto occulted and suppressed speech permits a fantasy of a sovereign language that must be obeyed: ‘‘The world has to obey him who thinks and sees in the world . . It, the new Truth, new deeper revealing of the Secret of this Universe, is verily of the nature of a message from on high; and must and will have itself obeyed’’ (On Heroes, pp. 165–6). Such sovereign language heals the community, induces unanimity, and restores the damaged individual body to wholeness.
Amigos y amantes by Iris Murdoch