Book Clubs

The Guilty by Juan Villoro

INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE

With Sarah McNally

Mon., Feb. 6th, at 7 p.m.

On Monday, February 6th, at 7 p.m., join the International Literature Book Group, led by Sarah McNally. We will discuss The Guilty by Juan Villoro, translated by Kimi Traube.

Villoro expertly places the personal dramas of his characters within a recent context of unprecedented cartel violence and government corruption without sacrificing his keen sense of humor. Like his Mexican compatriots Valeria Luiselli and Enrique Vila-Matas, as well as such U.S. writers as Kirstin Valdez Quade and Luis Alberto Urrea, Villoro rewards readers with refreshing, unforgettable stories. -- Manuel Gonzales, The New York Times Book Review 

Juan Villoro is one of Mexico’s premier writers and thinkers and is considered by many to be the greatest Mexican intellectual of his generation. . . . Villoro’s writing, translated into English, is almost George Saundersesque: disarming, critical, and hilarious all at the same time. His writing is fueled mainly by the absurdity of the interpersonal, which largely decenters some of the macro things that an American audience might fetishize (the war on drugs, immigration, etc.), though those things are there too. -- Daniel Pena, Ploughshares

 

 

 

 

 

SPANISH BOOKCLUB

With Javier Molea

Friday, February 3rd, at 7 p.m.

La compilación de la narrativa breve de Juan Carlos Onetti supone una oportunidad única para atender a la producción más sucinta del que muchos, entre los que se cuentan García Márquez y Vargas Llosa, consideran el renovador de la novela hispanoamericana. 

Desde los tempranos acercamientos a la soledad hasta el insoportable peso de la culpa; desde la crueldad inherente a la naturaleza del hombre hasta la triste ternura de las relaciones humanas; desde los pulsos más íntimos de la sexualidad hasta la certeza de un inevitable fracaso que es el de todos: la de Onetti es una obra compleja que rezuma alcohol, tabaco, trajes negros, corbatas mal anudadas y sábanas sucias. Acercarse a sus relatos es acercarse a un mundo cargado de un pesimismo inexorable y, sin embargo, incandescentemente hermoso.

Otros autores han opinado:

"Onetti, el hirsuto, el imposible, el arrabalero, es uno de nuestros clásicos más inquietantes y sugerentes" -Jorge Edwards-