Rasero : A Novel. Francisco Rebolledo. Eighteenth-century Europe, where the neoclassical ideals of balance and harmony are in tragic contrast with the squalor and violence of daily life, where the notion of a social contract emerges against a background of public torture and shameless political cynicism, where unprecedented advances in the sciences are besieged by militant superstition and religious bigotrythis is the Enlightenment, and Francisco Rebolledo's astonishing novel chronicles a soul's voyage through its hazards. The soul is that of Fausto Rasero, a young Spaniard hungry for wisdom. And what a peculiar hero Rasero is - bald since birth, sexually and intellectually precocious at his wet nurse's breast, passionate in manhood, tolerant, warmhearted. Strangely enough, Rasero is also orgasmically clairvoyant, given at the moment of carnal release to apocalyptic visions in which he beholds what we recognize as the horrors of our own century: the Holocaust, the atomic bomb, the Vietnam War.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Rasero by Francisco Rebolledo. Rasero by Francisco Rebolledo. Fausto Rasero, a young Spanish nobleman, settles in Paris, the hub of European intellectual life in the eighteenth century. He is a peculiar hero—bald since birth, intellectually and sexually precocious as a child, as a man passionate and warmhearted. He is also orgasmically clairvoyant, given at the moment of carnal release to apocalyptic visions of a world that he comes Fausto Rasero, a young Spanish nobleman, settles in Paris, the hub of European intellectual life in the eighteenth century.
He is also orgasmically clairvoyant, given at the moment of carnal release to apocalyptic visions of a world that he comes to recognize as the future.
As he tries to reconcile the sanguine promises of the Enlightenment with the chilling prophecies of his visions, he comes to know virtually every important figure of his time: Diderot, Voltaire, Madame de Pompadour, Boucher, Lavoisier, the young Mozart, Hume, Rousseau, Robespierre, and Goya.
But it is his love for a beautiful young widow from Mexico that transforms him and ultimately moves Rasero toward the wisdom he has long sought. In his prodigious first novel, Francisco Rebolledo brings to life a heady mix of eighteenth-century politics, desire, philosophy, science, and art, showing us in this vanished world, with all its contradictions and sorrows, a troubled counterpart to our own.
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To ask other readers questions about Rasero , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Rasero. Oct 31, Silver rated it it was amazing Shelves: 20th-centruy , art-in-books , historical-fiction , world-lit , unexpected-gems. A sensually written book of beautiful, lyrical, prose that flows off the page and gives the reader a vivid picture.
This book is part surreal, part seduction, part historical fiction and part philosophical. It stimulates each of the senses while arousing the mind and being quite thought provoking making the reader question themselves and society and the world we live in. It is a story that revolves around the very odd and eccentric hero known as Rasero, in addition to the fact that he was born n A sensually written book of beautiful, lyrical, prose that flows off the page and gives the reader a vivid picture.
It is a story that revolves around the very odd and eccentric hero known as Rasero, in addition to the fact that he was born naturally bald, and went through life without every growing hair, his other odd trait is that at the point of organism he is besieged with visions of the future, which torment him throughout his life and leaves him in a state of anxiety about the future of mankind.
In addition he is aquatinted with the great minds of his era, the writers, thinkers, philosophers, artists, scientists. Throughout the book he has encounters with these extraordinary individuals who helped shaped the world they lived in. This is a book about our past, present and future, and even as the world seems such a vastly different place there is so little which has changed. Feb 04, Elkin Ortega rated it really liked it.
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Readers also enjoyed. About Francisco Rebolledo. Francisco Rebolledo. Books by Francisco Rebolledo. Related Articles. While dealing with her husband's illness, this debut author turned to the refuge of Jane Austen's work. That refuge turned into her highly anticipa Read more Trivia About Rasero. No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from Rasero. Whether he exists or not doesn't affect us; in the slightest, and there is no reason to worry about something that doesn't affect us.
But religion on the other hand does affect us; it stuck its pointed nose into even the most hidden depths of our lives. Like an invisible policeman, it had tried to keep our existence under surveillance, to regulate with its cruel, cold, hypocritical logic. As Jupiter castrated Saturn, so the church has tried to castrate all of us.
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Rasero by Francisco Rebolledo (Trade Paper)
Winner of the Mobil Corporation's Pegasus Prize for Literature, Mexican writer Rebolledo's debut is at once a rich historical novel and a racy tale of manners and ideas with a strong element of apocalyptic fantasy. Minor Spanish diplomat Fausto Rasero, who leaves Madrid for Paris in at age 16, has a unique paranormal gift: each time he reaches orgasm with one of his many elegant lovers, he is granted a clairvoyant? Bald since birth, mute until age six, Rasero is perplexed and deeply disturbed by his glimpses of the bombing of Hiroshima, Nazi concentration camps, the slaughter of WWII and Vietnam. During the years the novel chronicles primarily, , he befriends the famous and infamous, including Voltaire, encyclopedist Denis Diderot, Madame Pompadour, chemist Antoine Lavoisier, Mozart as a child prodigy , painter Francois Boucher and French revolutionaries Danton and Robespierre.
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