All This I Will Give To You by Dolores Redondo, a Planeta Prize winning novel for Spanish Lit Month and Women In Translation Month

”All this I will give to you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” ~Matthew 4:9 (NIV) On World Book Day, Amazon gives free books in translation for one’s kindle. (Mark April 23, 2021 on your calendar should you wish to enjoy such pleasures, for they are worthy titles.) All This I… Continue reading All This I Will Give To You by Dolores Redondo, a Planeta Prize winning novel for Spanish Lit Month and Women In Translation Month

Cathedral By The Sea, and Other Books I’ve Begun for Spanish Lit Month Before It Ends

I have had a difficult time reading this month, and sadly, finishing books for Spanish Lit Month. I began Cathedral of The Sea which, as you can see from the blurb about the author at the end of this post, sounded fabulous. Fourteenth century? Several literary prizes? It held every promise. However, I abandoned this… Continue reading Cathedral By The Sea, and Other Books I’ve Begun for Spanish Lit Month Before It Ends

One Hundred Years of Solitude, for Spanish Lit Month, for Stu’s read-along

It’s almost a mystical experience, to read One Hundred Years of Solitude. Exaggeration abounds, and emotions take on physical qualities like this: …the persistence of Amaranta, whose melancholy made the noise of a boiling pot. (p. 216) Seemingly endless streams of sons are named Aureliano, or Arcadio, until I become thoroughly confused, giving up on… Continue reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, for Spanish Lit Month, for Stu’s read-along

For Spanish Lit Month: The Linden Tree by César Aira

I have chosen The Linden Tree by César Aira for Spanish Lit Month, and like so many books I read for blogging “events”, it has enriched my reading pleasure and knowledge of another country. (I think of José Saramago’s books, both Blindness and Skylight which are deeply memorable to me, or Javier Marias’ most excellent books such as Tomorrow in the… Continue reading For Spanish Lit Month: The Linden Tree by César Aira

“For I myself am my own fever and pain.” Fever and Spear by Javier Marias (Spanish Lit Month 2018)

Jacques Deza is working and living in London when Sir Peter Wheeler invites him to a buffet supper. “A few friends and acquaintances are coming here for a buffet supper two weeks from Saturday; why don’t you come too, I know how alone you are in London.” (p. 23) He is alone in London because… Continue reading “For I myself am my own fever and pain.” Fever and Spear by Javier Marias (Spanish Lit Month 2018)

Milena, or the most beautiful femur in the world by Jorge Zepeda Patterson (a thriller for Spanish Lit Month)

Milena isn’t Russian, as supposed, and she didn’t come to Mexico of her own free will. She was captured as a teen in Croatia by a human-trafficking ring and forced into prostitution. When the novel opens, her benefactor has just died in her arms. He is the owner of El Mundo, and has prepared for… Continue reading Milena, or the most beautiful femur in the world by Jorge Zepeda Patterson (a thriller for Spanish Lit Month)

Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me by Javier Marias (for Spanish Lit Month 2017)

The television broadcasts a film with Fred  MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck while Marta lies immovable on her double bed, dying. Her son, who would not easily fall asleep, lies in his wooden cot under aeroplanes strung on thread just above his bed. They sway lightly in the air, reminding our narrator, Victor, of his own… Continue reading Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me by Javier Marias (for Spanish Lit Month 2017)

Spanish Lit Month: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

…you want me to invent a fable that will make the unwary fall on their knees and persuade them that they have seen the light, that there is something to believe in, something to live and die for-even to kill for?” “Exactly. I’m not asking for you to invent anything that hasn’t already been invented,… Continue reading Spanish Lit Month: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon