Books of the week: Sándor Márai, Tamara Tenenbaum…

Sandor Marai Today he is considered a cult author. Among his works translated into Spanish was missing the butcher, a deep and brief fiction that represents the first link of an entire narrative universe. Of Argentina Tamara Tenenbaum arrives All our curses were fulfilled, an intimate, powerful and foundational novel. let’s go now with drainsthe trials of Diego Rodriguez Landeros bring to the surface some of the underground secrets of Mexico City. We close the recommendations with The pop warbler is not deadthe hilarious work of the Monterrey Criseida Santos Guevara.

Sandor Marai. The butcher. Salamander. Trad. Mária Szijj and José Miguel González Trevejo. 112 pages

First opera of the Hungarian narrator. He recounts with depth and flashes of black humor the extent to which a person can change his own nature when subjected to the ravages of a ruthless and cruel war. Son of a humble family of saddlers from Brandenburg, the life of the boy Otto Schwarz turns upside down after witnessing the sacrifice of an ox in the company of his grandfather. With the distance and precision of a chronicler, Sándor Márai exposes through a singular character the psychic disorder that caused the First World War and lasted during the following years.

Tamara Tenenbaum. All our curses were fulfilled. Six Barral. 144 pages

Work that narrates the transition from childhood to maturity of a girl who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community until, one winter morning, when she was barely 5 years old, a bomb took her father’s life and blew up all her certainties. The Argentine author tells a personal story that is also generational, crossed by a latent tension that shapes all the links. The search for her will bring the promise of sexual freedom and love, but also confusion, inadequacy in a world that is no longer designed in advance.

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Diego Rodriguez Landeros. Drains. Raft. 157 pages

The trials in drains They make up an intricate network through which various narrative flows tell, from multiple perspectives and treatments, the history of water in the Valley of Mexico basin. With remarkable ability, the author manages in each of these texts to surprise the reader with the discovery that, in effect, there is a secret thread capable of linking everything: an underground pipe that unites the intimate waters of our homes with a lacustrine past and the grandiloquent future of a chimerical nation project.

Criseida Santos Guevara. The pop warbler is not dead. Random House Literature. 102 pages

Everyone told Lupe not to write about her, neither about Monterrey nor about Houston, much less about her most recent love disappointment. But Lupe doesn’t know how to do anything other than talk about her life, tell how, no matter where she flees, fate ruins all her plans. From famous rapper to call center operator, from illusion to unrequited love, between visas, journeys and a lot of pop music, Lupe seeks to become a great writer. The Pop Warbler Isn’t Dead is an agile novel that turns us into spectators of a fun and extravagant talk show.

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