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To ask other readers questions about El Cobrador , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of El Cobrador. Muito legal! I first came upon Fonseca in an anthology of international crime stories, a chilling little tale about a poor man who targets the rich not for their money, just to beat them at their own frivolous game. The collection begins with a gut-wrenching short-short about a I first came upon Fonseca in an anthology of international crime stories, a chilling little tale about a poor man who targets the rich not for their money, just to beat them at their own frivolous game.

Which is to say these inky black, spare stories are profoundly unsettling in more than one way. They are the sort of unsettling that makes your brain itch in a pleasant way, but also makes your chest tight and your guts cold.

Death is all over the place, and is handled with breathtaking casualness. I think I need to read his longer fiction now, which sound like the sort of offbeat mysteries I like, but with maybe a little more breathing space.

A bit disappointing. The stories are either pointless or predictable, though I did appreciate Fonseca's deadpan representation of anger and violence among the Brazilian poor. I don't think he's making any radical social observations when he portrays men as willful and unfeeling and women as needy. Another GoodReads reviewer of this book is correct to say that one story was even like a bad Twilight Zone episode.

The novel I read by him was far better. So take my review with a grain of salt, or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it quite well. Also, I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book, since it would benefit Open Letter directly. Um dos melhores e mais brutais livros de contos que li.

Rubem sabe o que diz sempre, e tem o tempo certo. Libro con grandes cuentos, sobretodo el Cobrador y el de Mandrake. I didn't get the Bukowski comparisons, until I did. The stories in Rubem Fonseca's The Taker and Other Stories often have more intricate scenarios than your average Bukowski, and some of the first couple stories the stronger half of this slim collection read as genre exercises in horror.

The second half of the stories are a bit more soaked in alcohol, misogyny, and general malignancy. Maybe this is what being in Brazil is like, though?

Maybe it's only a bit of an exaggeration to murder your wi I didn't get the Bukowski comparisons, until I did. Maybe it's only a bit of an exaggeration to murder your wife, and your dwarf best friend, for some good sex?

Highlights include the menacing and iconic "Night Drive," the incredible rebuke to good behavior in capitalist society "The Taker," the kinda corny nursing room horror story "The Enemy" and it's partner "Angels of the Marquees. Excelentes contos. Un maestro del desparpajo. No me esperaba eso. Relationship goals? This is a strange little connection, with some really varied kinds of stories here-- I'd like to believe that's because it's not an organic collection but instead a group of stories from different points in Fonseca's career, slapped under one cover because they were all translated by the same guy.

But I think I might be wrong about this-- they feel like three different kinds of stories, but I guess they do all belong together. So what we get are shock-for-the-sake-of-it stories, the first trio he This is a strange little connection, with some really varied kinds of stories here-- I'd like to believe that's because it's not an organic collection but instead a group of stories from different points in Fonseca's career, slapped under one cover because they were all translated by the same guy.

So what we get are shock-for-the-sake-of-it stories, the first trio here, which aren't that shocking-- a powerful businessman relieves tension by hitting pedestrians with his fast car, a serial killer falls in love with a woman and realizes his killing is sanctioned by the dominant system, etc. Then there are stories like The Book of Panygerics, which have similarly disturbed characters what did the narrator do to make him on the lam?

These are pretty good, solid stories that have magical elements but are also grounded in a recognizable moral universe. Finally, we've got stories like "The Enemy," which are more or less pure linguistic excess, which I really enjoyed, but which might drive other readers to distraction.

Some magical realism here, but definitely inflected by the tones of language as much as circumventing what we conventionally think of as real. Good stuff. I really didn't like the first batch of stories, and thought the others were good, but I kept wondering what was Fonseca's real style and what was a put on. It left me feeling confused, and less sure about what I was reading.

The first story is Night drive is only two pages but it is complete with an interesting character, some suspense, and a dark surprise. The title story about a rather vicious killer and I found it extremely unsettling think American Psycho without the brand names--only this is set in Brazil.

I, somewhat reluctantly, read on thinking "I paid for this book! In Angels of the Marquees a lonely man tries to help homeless derelicts with The first story is Night drive is only two pages but it is complete with an interesting character, some suspense, and a dark surprise.

In Angels of the Marquees a lonely man tries to help homeless derelicts with dire consequences. In Enemy another lonely man seeks out his old high school buddies. It is both funny and sad. Account of the Incident concerns an accident between a bus and a cow.

Pride is about a man who refuses to die because he has a hole in his sock. Notebook is a tale of seduction, with an amusing twist. Eleventh of May is the name of a terminal facility for the aging.

In Book of Panegyrics a man becomes a live-in caregiver to a dying man in order to use the place as a hideout, but we don't know exactly what he is hiding from. Trials of a Young Writer is the story of a man more interested in his press image than he is in his writing or his live-in girlfriend.

In Other a busy is harassed on the street by a beggar. Things got violent again in Happy New Year ; Dwarf is about an unemployed bank clerk with woman trouble; and Flesh and the Bones didn't make much sense to me. All in all, it turned out to be a satisfying, varied collection, mostly on the dark side with some touches of humor, some macabre, some noir, all very readable.

I'm not sorry I bought it. Some authors show you disturbing images of murder and rape and horror with absolutely no remorse or mercy because I hope I'm correct in putting Mr Fonseca in this category. There were sittings where I read three or four stories in a row and by the end I began to doubt it.

With material such as this one reaches a certain point where the author is either enjoying himself, granting himself the powers to kill and rape in a fictive universe, or there is somethin Some authors show you disturbing images of murder and rape and horror with absolutely no remorse or mercy because With material such as this one reaches a certain point where the author is either enjoying himself, granting himself the powers to kill and rape in a fictive universe, or there is something besides de Sade-ian pleasure at work.

There is enough social commentary in this volume to suggest the latter. That doesn't mean anyone, including the author himself, gets a pass though. And it doesn't mean that we can pat ourselves on the back and go to sleep at night telling ourselves we're good people either just because we're appalled at the criminal acts and wanton disregard for life found within.

Fonseca doesn't let you off the hook. If not for "Betsy" and "The Enemy" one could easily think this guy is a serial killer armed with a pen. Funny that he was a cop then, in Brazil mind you, in real life. And btw the man is readable; I dare say the man's prose is chuggable. I heard about him from the late RB, thanx m8 :j Two more of his books are available in English and I shall read them.

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