Ten novels to enjoy Book Day





If there is a sector that has escaped relatively unscathed by the pandemic It was the publisher. Reading rates have risen -almost 8 points in recent years- and the end of the restrictions augurs a celebration of Book Day marked by a certain “optimism” and “great enthusiasm”, according to CEGAL (Spanish Confederation of Guilds and Associations of Booksellers). In an abundant and continuous harvest of novelties, the novel continues to reign as the most demanded genre. Below, we select ten outstanding titles from the last few months.

ashes in the mouthBrenda Navarro





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The author of the acclaimed empty houses has returned with a novel about losses that looks at depth charges such as uprooting and xenophobia. The Mexican novelist and journalist is valued as one of the most audacious voices in current narrative and in her latest creation she poses such painful questions as what life is worth living through the story of a young woman who travels from Mexico to Spain following to his mother.

ashes in the mouth (Sixth Floor) narrates the emotional transit of the protagonist who intuits the reasons of his brother’s suicide and he stars in his own Ulysses syndrome, in which neither the going nor the return is really destiny. “Like life. There are pains that must be expressed through the novel because otherwise it is not possible. Utopias are never what we think they are and it happens that when the blows come you adapt, or but the road is very difficult”explains the writer on the harshness of the argument.

“It seems that motherhood or care is something that we cannot get rid of so easily and relationships between women are complicated because guilt and silence come. They have no space to socialize their feelings”affirms about other of the depth loads of this excellent novel: motherhood, loneliness, discrimination against migrant women or violence.

a ridiculous storyLuis Landero





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Landero is one of the virtuosos of Spanish narrative and in his last book he plays with satire. The protagonist is Marcial, a demanding man, with a gift for words, and proud of his self-taught training.

A guy determined to make a lady of high society fall in love in a “love story” detailed in the details of the conquest. It is the twelfth novel by the author of Fine Rain. A creation that he has undertaken with the same enthusiasm as always, he points out to his 73 years.

“What has fascinated me most about this man is his voice, although it comes from far away. Many years ago I wrote a little thing where this individual appeared, who was like very solemn, who took himself seriously, who believed very educated. These people that exist, damn, yes there is. It appears in Berlanga. But all that seriousness is at the service of his entanglements in the little everyday things”he explained in an interview for RTVE.es.

MasterpieceJuan Tallon





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What really happened to Richard Serra’s sculpture? Under the umbrella of this question, the journalist Juan Tallón signs a novelized chronicle that is as interesting as it is hallucinogenic (based on real events). The disappearance of a piece of 38 tons without leaving a trace of the Reina Sofía Museum obsessed Tallón for years, who has dedicated a decade to weaving this exciting story that he compares to a Hitchcock intrigue.

“It is a metaphor of the search, of the desire to know, of wanting to obtain an answer, something that is the engine of life. I don’t think that sculpture will ever reappear,” he relates about the reasons behind a surprising story. And he adds a hint: “The revelation of the mystery is always inferior to the mystery.”

Rome is meSantiago Posteguillo





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The return of Santiago Posteguillo has entered strongly among the best sellers. In Rome is me begins a new monumental saga-will consist of six novels over a period of ten years- that narrate from another angle the life of Julius Caesar, one of the most studied and represented characters in the history of Rome. In this first title, César is a young 23-year-old lawyer who travels to Greece to find evidence and witnesses against a corrupt governor.

“Julius Caesar was seen by a large part of the people of Rome as someone who fights against the powerful who are in turn the most corrupt”, the writer points out about this mythical figure who monopolizes his most ambitious literary project to date.

Mrs. Potter is not exactly Santa Claus, Laura Fernández





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“Prodigious”, “monumental”, “delicious”, “masterpiece”. They are some of the critics towards this novel tan indefinable and frantic that generates an impact that is difficult to digest but that thanks to word of mouth and a multitude of awards, including the Critical Narrative Eye 2021, continues to dazzle with its story about resignation, motherhood, loneliness and art as a refuge masked in the form of Christmas old story.

The RNE award jury stressed that Fernández is an author “capable of spreading her narrative euphoria the reader and has built a world of its own through a unique and nurturing style”.

A story that takes place in a bucolic town typical of a postcard, which is transformed when a writer locates in it the plot of a children’s story that acquires an exorbitant editorial success. The life of the neighbors changes and the deepest human passions arise. Highly recommended.

Oh WilliamElizabeth Strout





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Strout returns to the character of Lucy Barton, who becomes the confidant and support of William, her ex-husband, the man with whom she has had two adult daughters, but who is now almost a stranger prey to night terrors and determined to reveal the secret. of his mother. As his new marriage falters, William wants Lucy to join him. on a journey that will never be the same.

“From a young age I have always been curious about the behavior of normal peoplel, of their day to day life, especially when they get older”, the author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Olive Kitteridge, explains to TVE. Oh William He wonders if it is possible to forget the past or if we know the people with whom we share life.

Mrs. MarchVirginia Feito





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Mrs. March She is a wealthy housewife from the Upper East Side of New York, obsessed to a paroxysm with appearances and married to an indolent flashy writer. Her world cracks open when she believes the character in her husband’s latest bestseller, “a disgusting-looking prostitute,” is inspired by her.

From here, a spiral of madness in a trickle of exemplary tension in which Feito appears in his debut film a memorable villain/victim with no chance of redemption. Mrs. March (whose first name we don’t know until the last page) is envious, cruel and hateful in a “murky fairy tale” that pursues the grayscale of morality.

borrowed names, alexis ravel





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“A novel, very well structured, that uses an omniscient narrator to address substantive issues as important as identity, forgiveness, redemption and truth”, said the jury when awarding this book the 2021 Café Gijón Award.

Set in the mid-1980s, the borrowed names is a story of action and suspense, a modern western, a black novel that also works as an allegory that investigates the causes and consequences of political violence, in the link between victims and executioners, in the obligatory stops that those who travel the tortuous path towards redemption will have to make.

Love SongCarlos Zanon





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After the success of Cabconsidered by critics as one of the best Spanish novels of 2017, Carlos Zanón open horizons of your imaginative universe and creates a stark and unclassifiable story about three characters trapped in a web of affection that prevents them from becoming themselves.

Without revealing their identity, three talented and somewhat successful musicians – a couple and their best friend – embark on a summer tour of campsites and clubs on the Mediterranean coast, covering songs only from 1985. From then on, dizzying rhythm and recurring themes in the writer’s literature: loyalty, the love triangle, the experience of the disease and art as redemption.

Huaco portraitGabriela Wiener





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In Huaco portrait the Peruvian writer puts together the puzzle of the life of her ancestors for 150 years, linked to that of the colonialist looting of Latin America. The “huaco” of the title refers to a piece of pre-Hispanic pottery that represented the indigenous faces in a realistic way and, according to legend, captured the soul of people.

Wiener, one of the authors highlights of the new Latin American literature, in this novel delves into issues such as racism, guilt or adoration for youth with a canon of impossible beauty. “The troll feeds on fear, and I am my own troll. The possibility of an improvable body harasses from within,” he tells the Pagina 2 program.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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