The Golden Horse, by Sergio Ramírez

The golden horse

A writer only retires when he no longer likes his job. That's what Sergio Ramírez says, who at more than 80 years old continues to publish. His latest book is The Golden Horse, just released in 2024.

But What is The Golden Horse about? What do readers think? Who is Sergio Ramírez? If you want to know everything about this book, below we have compiled its synopsis, reviews and information about the author. Shall we start?

Synopsis of The Golden Horse

As we have told you before, The Golden Horse is a book that came out in early 2024. It consists of more than 400 pages in which the author immerses us in a story that borders on almost all literary genres. Full of fantasy, we meet many somewhat well-known characters or personalities so curious that they attract attention in themselves.

Here we leave you the synopsis so you can see what we are referring to:

«This is the story of a princess of the rural nobility of the Carpathians who wore a splint fitted with countersunk screws and cowhide straps on her left leg. From a hairdresser who sculpted horses, with a bushy beard open in two wings, who she believed had invented the carousel. From a merchant, also with a bushy beard on two wings, who believed himself to be the son of Emperor Maximilian. And about a talkative and cunning cook who saved a dictator from dying. The inventor hairdresser ends his days poisoned and his corpse is thrown to the bottom of a river. The trade factor ends his own facing a firing squad. And the cook has his end carried away by a raging stream of rain, in a drunken state. It begins in 1905 in the village of Siret, then territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and ends in Managua in 1917, under the military occupation of the United States, with a conspiracy with an unexpected ending.
The golden horse is also the story of a carousel that arrived after a long sea voyage to Nicaragua, and with which the princess later went from town to town, from patron saint's festival to patron saint's festival, the wooden horses becoming increasingly worn out. by the time.
Sergio Ramírez displays all his narrative mastery in this delicious novel halfway between an adventure story and that of entanglements, palace intrigues and modern picaresque. Full of humor and imagination, The Golden Horse narrates the journey from a Europe that no longer exists to a troubled Nicaragua to fulfill the improbable dream of an inventor who invented what he had already invented.

Reviews and reviews

Although The Golden Horse came out at the beginning of the year, and has several reviews, most of them have not commented on the book, beyond leaving a few stars. Even so, we have managed find reviews of this book, which we leave you below:

«I love Sergio Ramírez's style, his way of telling stories, of introducing history, of talking about literature and his humor. A lame princess crosses the Austro-Hungarian empire, it can be said that her head is full of crickets which play variants of the same theme. She doesn't do it herself, she runs away with a sculptor hairdresser who has invented a horse carousel, which has been in operation for years. We can assure you that Anatoli is not the first to invent what has already been invented. They are not the only characters, we have a governess, a footman and many more who shape the adventure of this girl who goes from noble to becoming a milliner.
This novel goes beyond the limits of the imagination, because it has recipes, a list of sculpting instruments, mechanical manuals, pigment recipes, letters... Sergio has given free rein to creativity, within a structure as magnificent as travel, an adventure. , from Siret to Bucharest, from Bucharest to Paris, from Paris to Istanbul, until reaching Nicaragua. He doesn't fit anything I've read before or don't remember. A novel rich in documentation. Far from being a simple love relationship between a princess and a hairdresser, the novel is transformed throughout its pages, there is intrigue, envy and many lies, a crime, an escape due to greed and guilt. "To understand the tapestry of public life you have to know the reverse of the fabric formed by private life", a criticism of society, that commissioner Straufel, friend of popular wisdom, rumor mill. But, the author already says it, literature is a lie, it is about deceiving, making the reader believe that it is true and they will believe it in such a way that they will not go to check it.
The most ingenious story, the adventure of how to create a carousel that has already been invented. Right to fable, where Latin American and European things are mixed, in masterful prose. The word has to have a rhythm, like that of the carousel, says Sergio of his work.

«A novel that is difficult to classify since it can be considered a mixture of genres, starting as a kind of classic story set in central Europe and then moving towards crime novels and even vaudeville. It also mixes different narrative resources such as biography or interviews, in addition to classic narration.
The novel can be blamed for various deviations from the central trunk of the narrative to tell the vicissitudes of different characters that are too tangential to the story it tells, extending the length of the book too much.
On the positive side, we must highlight the good work of the writer, who supports the entire framework of the story quite well, demonstrating the true work of craftsmanship and experience of the author.

They are both really positive. Perhaps where one can find greater criticism for what is discussed in the second review is for wanting to tell the story of several characters in the same book, making the central thread unravel into other stories and, in some readers, this makes lose interest because they only want to know about the main plot. But beyond that, and even though the book exceeds 400 words, it is not too long (it will depend on what you are used to reading).

Sergio Ramírez, the author of The Golden Horse

sergio ramirez

Sergio Ramírez is a writer. But also journalist, politician and lawyer. He has triple nationality: Spanish, Colombian and Ecuadorian.

Focusing on his role as a writer, this began in earnest the moment he won the Alfaguara Prize in 1998. Even so, years before he had already participated in stories or essays. We know that His first writing was The Student, in 1960.

In addition to the Alfaguara Prize, he has also been awarded the Cervantes Prize in 2017 and the Gold Medal of the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid in 2021.

The Golden Horse is the book with which he won the Cervantes Prize.

Works by Sergio Ramírez

The Golden Horse is the latest book by Sergio Ramírez. But as we told you at the beginning, he published it when he was more than 80 years old. And there is one good collection of stories, novels and essays that he has published throughout his literary career.

Here we discuss them all (collected by Wikipedia):

stories

  • Stories.
  • Of outrages and outrages.
  • Charles Atlas also dies.
  • Treble clef.
  • Complete stories.
  • Catherine and Catherine. Contains 11 stories: The Bohemian Inheritance, The Cabriola Kid, The Hunting Party, Apparition in the Brick Factory, Forgiveness and Forgetting, Grand Hotel, A Dark Forest, Everything is Calm Now, The Widow Carlota, Vallejo and Catalina and Katherine.
  • The animal kingdom.
  • Omnibus, personal anthology. 11 stories.
  • Forgiveness and forgetting, anthology of stories: 1960-2009.
  • The pregnant giraffe.
  • Dark flowers. Contains 12 stories: Adam and Eve, The False Door, The Cave of the Skull Throne, You are no longer at my side, my heart, The Wings of Glory, Hill 155, They are not going to have left me alone, Angela, the Fop and the Devil, The Dumb of Truro, Iowa, The Yellow Bus, Abbott and Costello and Dark Flowers.
  • At the table with Rubén Darío.

Novels

  • Time of brilliance.
  • Were you afraid of blood?
  • Heiliger Bimbam.
  • Divine punishment.
  • A masked ball.
  • Margarita, the sea is beautiful.
  • Only shadows.
  • A thousand and one deaths.
  • The sky cries for me.
  • The fugitive.
  • Sara.
  • Nobody cries for me anymore.
  • Tongolele didn't know how to dance.
  • The golden horse.

Essays and testimonies

  • My days with the rector. Articles published in the newspaper La Noticia following the death of the rector of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Mariano Fiallos Gil.
  • Caribbean man. Biography of Abelardo Cuadra.
  • The boy from Niquinohomo. Biographical essay on Sandino.
  • Sandino's living thought.
  • Balkans and volcanoes.
  • The golden dawn The living history of Nicaragua.
  • You are in Nicaragua.
  • The weapons of the future.
  • The mark of Zorro. 17 hours of conversation with guerrilla commander Francisco Rivera Quintero in September 1988.
  • Love confession.
  • Shared jobs.
  • Biography Mariano Fiallos.
  • Bye guys. A memory of the Sandinista Revolution.
  • True Lies.
  • The old art of lying.
  • The lord of the sad.
  • Forgotten drum.
  • When we all talk. 200 articles published on his blog on the literary portal El Boomeran (g).
  • What the palate knows. Dictionary of Nicaraguan foods, compendium of foods and recipes.
  • Juan de Juanes, chronicles/essays.

Have you read The Golden Horse by Sergio Ramírez? What do you think of the book?


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