Ugly Truths: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

I first heard of Ottessa Moshfegh's novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation it on Instagram. Everybody was talking about it, I saw pictures of the book everywhere. The reviews, however, were not all good: a masterpiece, a cheap piece of shock literature, a groundbreaking story, an immensely boring book... everybody had a different opinion... Continue Reading →

The many conjurings of Piranesi

I can't remember the last time I wrote about aa book herend that's really sad, but life can get complicated. Fortunately I just read a book that forced me to talk about it. It was Piranesi by British author Susanna Clarke. This is not my first encounter ith the charms of Susanna Clarke's fantasy. A... Continue Reading →

March Wrap-Up

Hello there! I know I'm a bit late to publish these, but here we go. La hija única, Guadalupe Nettel Guadalupe Nettel is one of the most praised contemporary voices in Mexico and her books often have the same themes: the grotesque, bodily differences and functions, bodies in general and taboos. Although I am not... Continue Reading →

Mariana Enriquez’s Ode to Cemeteries

A couple of years ago I became acquainted with Mariana Enriquez's storytelling. I since marvel at the Argentinian writer's talent to conjure up such terrifying stories from the daily Latin American everyday violence. She is one of the few contemporary writers that creep me out (in a good way, I guess) and when I discovered... Continue Reading →

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Translated from the Japanese in 2019, this is a mesmerizing book that submerges you in its dystopic winter. It is the story of a novelist in an unnamed island where things have begun to disappear: hats, birds, photographs and even boats...

2021 Updates

Only 12 days of 2021 have elapsed and so many things have changed for me already. It's been a while since I posted anything other than books, so I thought I'd start the year right and write a bit about myself. I've had this blog for over five years now, since I was a Literature... Continue Reading →

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