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He Who Searches (1977) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

A professor of semiotics who doubles as a psychologist in Barcelona visits (always in disguise) a prostitute in the early hours of the morning on Mondays and Thursdays in order to analyze her without her knowing it. The story moves from Barcelona to Mexico to Buenos Aires, but above all it is about Argentina: its recent history, its 30,000 missing children, its stunned middle class, its writers in exile.

He Who Searches is multifaceted in structure, combining narrative references to old-fashioned storytelling, realism, psychoanalysis, feminism, politics, and suspense, all of them tinged with a patina of eroticism that reflects a feminist perspective. Ultimately the disguises of the plot—transvestism, transsexualism, differing sexual points of view—become pieces in a puzzle that can be taken apart to create other figures, other puzzles.

Original title: Como en la guerre
Original languages: Spanish


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: He Who Searches

He Who Searches (1979)
Edition Details:

Translation first published as part of Strange Things Happen Here (Harcourt, 1979).

Language: English

Translated by: Helen Lane
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Manifested in:

He Who Searches (March 2, 1987)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Normal, IL
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 0916583201
Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.2 x 0.8 in
Pages: 134

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