The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero (Carolina De Robertis, translator & Robertson Dean, narrator)

The Neruda Case is the first book by Chilean author Roberto Ampuero to be translated into English.  It’s in actuality the sixth book of his popular crime series featuring the Cuban private detective Cayetano Brule.  It isn’t unusual for books in a series to be translated out of order – but I always find it unsettling.  In this particular instance, though, The Neruda Case isn’t … Continue reading The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero (Carolina De Robertis, translator & Robertson Dean, narrator)

Cría Cuervos (1976) – film directed by Carlos Saura *BEWARE! some spoilers!*

The first group scheduled event for Spanish Language Lit Month is to post on the film Cría Cuervos*.  This is an off-kilter and beautiful film starring an adolescent Ana Torrent.  The title translates as Raise Ravens, which refers to a Spanish proverb – “Cría cuervos y te sacarán los ojos.” (Raise ravens, and they’ll pluck out your eyes).  Set in Madrid, during the final days … Continue reading Cría Cuervos (1976) – film directed by Carlos Saura *BEWARE! some spoilers!*

Eating Air by Pauline Melville

There’s something intriguingly slapdash about Pauline Melville’s new novel, Eating Air.  It begins with the narrator briefly introducing himself ,  – and then the curtains raise and for 407 pages we’re jumping from character to character, scene to scene, at a pace that is exhilarating (if slightly dizzying).   Melville has created the literary equivalent of a Cirque de Soleil performance given by middle-aged political radicals … Continue reading Eating Air by Pauline Melville

Did you see this? – A Nonfiction Marriage by Jonathan Van Meter, New York Magazine

The Slate Audio Book Club is one of my ipod vices (check out this older post if you’re interested in the rest of them).   Their July 16th Podcast was on Thy Neighbor’s Wife by Gay Talese.  It led me to THIS article in New York Magazine. How the heck did I miss this book?!  Granted I was  working my way through Strawberry Girl by Lois … Continue reading Did you see this? – A Nonfiction Marriage by Jonathan Van Meter, New York Magazine