The Afflictions

The Afflictions

Shadowing an elderly librarian on his first day at the great Central Library, Máximo is thrilled to get a peek at the exclusive Encyclopedia of Medicine. It's a dizzying collection of maladies: an amnesia that causes everyone you've ever met to forget you exist, while you remain perfectly, painfully aware of your history. A wound that grows with each dark thought or evil d Shadowing an elderly librarian on his first day at the great Central Library, Máximo is thrilled to get a peek at the e...

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Title:The Afflictions
Author:Vikram Paralkar
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1941360025
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:182 pages pages

The Afflictions Reviews

  • Lee Klein
    Oct 16, 2014
    Highly recommended for fans of unconventional forms. Accessible, engaging compendium of imaginary diseases affecting language, movement, senses, the physique in old-timey Euro sufferers struck down in strange, often surreal ways, possibly to pay for some moral transgression. Also inter...
  • Jeff
    Jan 26, 2016
    Folks looking for a strict narrative will be disappointed here. The vignette-style pseudo-diseases listed here are sometimes redundant and most often quite hokey, but I have to admit I had some fun reading them. They cross between physical science and meta-physical, philosophical consi...
  • Jayansh Singh
    Dec 18, 2018
    The book is a creative blend of fact and fiction. It has an undertow of social satire running across its sections. Some, if not all, of the imaginary diseases mentioned in the book are intriguing given their peculiar set of symptoms. I like how the author names the fictional condition ...
  • Ignacia
    Jul 09, 2019
    Que tremenda decepción. Hace mucho tiempo que quería leer este libro y lo encontré por casualidad en mi viaje a Buenos Aires, en El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Los 7 pasajes en que el bibliotecario conversa con Máximo fue la forma del escritor de que las 50 enfermedades no se convirt...
  • Leemaslibros
    Nov 08, 2016
    Puedo entender perfectamente por qué se compara a Vikram Paralkar con Borges: porque los que lo hacen han leído poco a Borges; porque citar a Borges vende; porque, parece, todo libro que involucre un tigre, una biblioteca o alguna frase perfumada debe ser herencia o legado de Borges....
  • Fernando
    Jun 14, 2019
    Qué originalísimo libro ha escrito Vikram Paralkar. En ?Las aflicciones? conocemos a un anciano bibliotecario quien hace la inducción a su aprendiz Máximo para trabajar en una enorme y milenaria biblioteca la cual, entre tantos libros maravillosos contiene un enorme libro llama...
  • M.L. Candelario
    Oct 02, 2014
    A glance at Vikram Paralkar?s author bio reveals that he is an accomplished hematologist, distinguished in the field of medicine. A glance at his Twitter profile reveals that he is well versed in absurdist literature, takes a certain delight in it. Combine these two distinct parts ...
  • Alexia Polasky
    Apr 05, 2018
    Preferidas: - Amnesia inversa - Immortalitas diabolica - Lingua fracta - Persona fracta - Insania communalis - Aflicción de Mnemósine ...
  • Carlos Sámano
    Jul 19, 2019
    I met Vikram Paralkar on a Blue Stoop meeting in Philadelphia and, after discussing our literary tastes, we became friends. One evening, after having dinner in his house, he gave me a Spanish translation of "The Afflictions" and I started reading it the same day. His fragmented narrati...
  • Jayant Maini
    Mar 06, 2019
    Beautifully written but what's the purpose..but that's the beauty......not everything has a purpose......!!! I look forward to his work in future.....but this work has not moved me....!!! ...
  • Ruchi Patel
    Dec 27, 2018
    This is basically we can say encyclopaedia of Medicine. Author has collected a names and descriptions of different diseases and being in medical field, I was definitely curious to read this book and I was definitely checking for signs and symptoms mentioned in the book whether any me...
  • Gala
    Feb 19, 2019
    3.5 Es un libro sumamente original, distinto. Está muy, muy bien escrito. No sé si llamarlo "novela", porque no tiene la estructura clásica de lo que conocemos como novela. En realidad, es como si imitara la dinámica de una enciclopedia en la que se detallan enfermedades raras, to...
  • Priya Sharma
    Feb 01, 2019
    I'm normally a fast reader but this is a book to be eaten piecemeal and savoured. Rather than a narrative, it is a series of entries in an encyclopaedia of fictitious, fantastic diseases. Dr Paralkar, a Haematologist by day, extrapolates these ideas to explore identity, language, memor...
  • K.J. Charles
    Sep 21, 2018
    Weirdy weird novella. A librarian introduces a new student to a mysterious library in short framing pieces to accounts of mysterious illnesses (eg a form of amnesia in which everyone else forgets the sufferer, or a disease that makes the body contract until the sufferer is compacted in...
  • Alice
    Mar 01, 2019
    3.5 ...
  • Sarmistha
    Feb 15, 2019
    Rating: 4.5/5 The afflictions of human body infuses the parchments of Encyclopedia. The more I try to unravel their mystery,the greater I get entangled in their intricacies. In the fictional account of the maladies lay the anomalies of human mind and body which has realistic...
  • Gene Pozniak
    Dec 18, 2014
    Essentially, it is the epitome of social satire, written in beautiful metaphorical prose. One cannot simply read through this book cover to cover and figure it out. No, in order to get the maximum enjoyment out of it, I suggest that, first of all, the reader be wide awake and alert....
  • Maggie Sheer
    Sep 04, 2019
    Reminds me of Borges and his Library, in its own unique way. ...
  • Rita
    Dec 25, 2018
    CARICATO DI ASPETTATIVE Interessante e originale come pochi, con capitoli che catturano sin dal titolo, "Le afflizioni" non si è comunque rivelato meraviglioso come credevo: non soltanto mi ha delusa la totale assenza di una trama, ma ho avuto anche l'impressione di una certa ripet...
  • DR.AmiraSalah
    Sep 18, 2019
    3,7/5 ...
  • Kriti
    Sep 10, 2019
    4.5/5 ? ...
  • g
    Jul 18, 2016
    Excelente libro. Sabemos que la medicina moderna es estrecha. Con toda su tecnología y avances científicos nos deja siempre la sensación de escasez. Pasa que la biología, en el fondo, se sustenta en la química y la física. A la vez, la composición última de la materia -a la que...
  • shreya
    Dec 25, 2018
    this is one of my most favourite books of the year 2108 and i cant get over it!!! The book is about a librarian showing a new member of the library called Maximo around the library and they stumble over the encyclopedia, which consists some amazing and weird diseases mostly mania and p...
  • Laxmi Priya
    Jan 15, 2019
    I am very surprised that there aren't any previous reviews on this one. I am so happy that I began the year with this book. Deviating from my more women and ethnic writers resolution, I am not sad about it. The afflictions that are fictional yet cut really close to possible obsessions ...
  • Guadalupe
    Dec 24, 2018
    Entré buscando una historia sobre un boticario que empieza a trabajar en una biblioteca, y me encontré, al terminar, con muchas historias más. Algunas en el libro, en un formato extraño y nuevo para mi, escritas por Vikram Paralkar en una prosa vívida y en ocasiones perturbadora q...
  • MRIDULA
    Dec 24, 2018
    Books with bizarre themes are my kryptonite and The Afflictions was just that. Maximo lands into a library and is fortunate enough to get a glimpse of the Encyclopedia of Medicine. This is a series of books that collect names and details of diseases from all over the world, collecte...
  • Ronita Banerjee
    Jan 14, 2019
    Name- The Afflictions Written by- Vikram Paralkar Published By- HarperCollins Pages- 222 Review- There are books in this world that you definitely cannot put down and then there are books that you can without a second thought, and even then there remains books like "The Affliction...
  • Devanshi Sanghani
    Jan 26, 2019
    The Afflictions : A novel by Vikram Paralkar. What does afflictions truly stand for? A cause of pain or harm/ the state of being in pain is what an affliction really means. The story starts with Maximo an Apothecary joining the central library finds himself thrilled to get a peek at...
  • Lee Marjorie
    Apr 24, 2018
    I was excited to read this book as soon as I saw the cover (insert joke here). The artwork on this version (with the side profile made up of twisting bodies) is 'Testa Anatomica,' by the 19th century artist Filippo Balbi and compliments the story well, in my opinion. This book is ve...
  • Gokul Nair
    Feb 17, 2019
    A surreal examination of the overlap between the medical and the metaphysical, The Afflictions is an arresting read - one that draws the reader in with its riveting descriptions of a set of dizzying pseudo-ailments. Lucid, haunting prose that astonishes in its pith. ...