Ojo crítico – The worst reviews for the best authors

Ojo crítico – The worst reviews for the best authors

Non Fiction | Ediciones Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh), 2020 | 208 pages

This book contains a huge number of witty, funny and shocking remarks about great authors and consecrated works that thankfully were not able to end the career of a great book or a great poet.

Voltaire considers Shapekespare’s Hamlet “barbarian and vulgar”, the product of a “drunk savage”. Jane Austen, Lope de Vega or Vladimir Nabokov, none of them is exempt from receiving pungent words about their creations.

Constantino Bértolo, the craftsman of this extraordinary anthology of mistakes –or of cruel good guesses- warns us that some critics would embarrass their authors; others, nevertheless, remind us that the transformation of the private pleasure of reading into a profession implies a search and not only an extravagance. “He who has a mouth makes mistakes –Bértolo reminds us-, but it is worse to keep it shut”.