Reseña: L’Hora Zen, de Teresa Solana


This post is bilingual, scroll down for the English language version.

Edicions 62, 2011. 278 pág. ISBN: 978-84-297-6853-4.

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Sinopsis: Los hermanos detectives Borja y Eduard se disponen a recibir en su despacho de opereta a una clienta muy especial, Teresa Solana, que está escribiendo una novela sobre la moda de las terapias alternativas ambientada en la parte alta de Barcelona. Debido a un contratiempo inesperado los dos hermanos se ven envueltos en una conspiración de espionaje internacional que estará a punto de costarles la vida. Al mismo tiempo que el encargo de la escritora les obliga a frecuentar un exclusivo centro de meditación llamado La Hora Zen y a investigar el enrevesado asesinato de un médico homeòpata, Borja y Eduard se las tendrán que ver con la CIA, con un comisario de los Mossos d’Esquadra que les tiene calados, y con su propia incompetencia. Y, a todo esto, para sobrevivir a la crisis, Borja ha decidido hacer de intermediario en una operación de tráfico de antigüedades… (mi traducción de Edicions 62).

Después de las dos novelas anteriores protagonizadas por los hermanos gemelos Borja y Eduard (Un crimen imperfecto/Un crim imperfecte (2006) y Atajo al paraíso/Drecera al paradís (2007), hacer click sobre los títulos para ver mis reseñas), tenía mucho interés en leer su última novela, L’Hora Zen (2011). Si antes su crítica iba dirigida a la clase política (Un crim imperfecte) y al mundo literario (Drecera al paradís), en esta nueva entrega su crítica se dirige a la moda de las terapias alternativas. El resultado no ha cumplido mis expectativas. El tema es menos atractivo y sus dos personajes protagonistas han perdido la frescura incial que tenían en los primeros libros. El resto de personajes son demasiado convencionales y la resolución del caso es bastante simple. El resultado final es una comedia de costumbres en tono de humor que puede hacer las delicias de sus lectores más incondicionales. Confío sinceramente que Teresa Solana recupere su nivel habitual en su próxima novela.

Mi calificación: 2/5.    

Una reseña más favorable de L’Hora Zen la pueden encontrar en A l’ombra del crim  por Anna María Villalonga.

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The Sound of One Hand Killing, by Teresa Solana

 The Sound of One Hand Killing

Synopsis: The two detective brothers, Borja and Eduard, are about to receive, at their operetta office, a very special client, Teresa Solana, who is writing a novel, set in the upper part of Barcelona, about a new fashion, alternative therapies. Due to an unexpected setback, the two brothers will be involved in an international espionage conspiracy that nearly cost them their lives. At the same time that the writer’s mission requires them to attend an exclusive meditation centre called Zen Moments and to investigate the convoluted murder of a homeopathic doctor, Borja and Eduard will have to deal with the CIA, with a local police inspector that knows them well, and with their own incompetence. And, to all this, to survive the crisis, Borja has decided to become an intermediary in an antique trafficking operation…

After the two previous novels featuring twin brothers, Borja and Eduard (A Not So Perfect Crime/Un crim imperfecte (2006) and A Shortcut to Paradise/Drecera to Paradis (2007), click on the titles to see my reviews), I had much interest on her latest novel, The Sound of One Hand Killing/ L’Hora Zen (2011). If previously her criticism was addressed to the political class (A Not So Perfect Crime) and to the literary world (A Shortcut to Paradise), in this new instalment, her criticism is aimed to the fashion of alternative therapies. The result has not met my expectations. The subject is less attractive and her two main characters have lost the initial freshness they had in the first books. The rest of characters are far too conventional and the resolution of the case is quite simple. The end result is a comedy of manners in tone of humour that can delight her more unconditional fans. I sincerely expect that Teresa Solana regains her usual standard in her next novel.

My rating: 2/5.

Bitter Lemon Press

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5 thoughts on “Reseña: L’Hora Zen, de Teresa Solana

  1. José Ignacio – I am so sorry to hear this one didn’t live up to Solana’s high standards for you. How disappointing! Well, I will have to admit I’ll probably still read this at some point because I am a Solana fan but I won’t be in such a hurry. I hope too that she gets back to the top of her game with the next novel.

    • Margot – Thanks for your comment. I imagine it will get more reviews, once it’s available in English. So you’ll have a better opportunity to judge if you want to read it sooner rather than later.

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