What to read this weekend: Vargas Llosa, Murakami and Rosa Montero for less than 16 soles

Mario Vargas Llosa, Haruki Murakami Y Rose Montero They are one of those authors that one cannot miss. Award-winning, with celebrated careers on the global literary stage, these writers are essential to draw a cartography of contemporary narrative and enjoy your reading.

With three fundamental and also personal books by Vargas Llosa, Murakami and Montero, Infobae Let’s read proposes a selection to start the weekend from the hand of these established authors who provide a own perspective on admiration, literature, the past and sanity.

"Half a century with Borges"by Mario Vargas Llosa.
“Half a century with Borges”, by Mario Vargas Llosa.

“I think that Borges is the most important writer of our language today” was able to say the Nobel Prize for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa about the Argentine short story writer, essayist and poet Jorge Luis Borges in an interview for El Cultural. And how tribute to that writer who marked the adolescence of Vargas Llosa in Lima in the 50s, the book brings together articles, conferences, reviews and notes. Posted by Alfaguara, Half a century with Borges testifies to more than half a century of reading “an inexhaustible source of intellectual pleasure.”

In this short book, there is the voice of two extraordinary Latin American writers who marked —and continue to mark— the pulse of the contemporary literary scene. An unusual Vargas Llosa focuses on the figure of Borges to read and comment on poetry, philosophy, classical and modern authors. He conveys in these pages an original vision of the human condition, without a hint of arrogance.

Why read it? Half a century with Borges It is an unmissable gem not only because the look of one of the most important Latin American writers puts the focus on his admiration and affection for the author of The Aleph and pays homage to him. Also because contains an unpublished interview Borges granted to Vargas Llosa in his apartment in Buenos Aires in 1981. An exquisite meeting of two fundamental pillars of Latin American literature.

Number of pages: 112

"First person of singular"by Haruki Murakami.
“First Person Singular” by Haruki Murakami.

At the end of 2021, the Japanese writer and translator Haruki Murakami returned to literature but, this time, with eight stories narrated in the first person, whose proposal is to confuse the narrator with the author and leave autobiographical clues. Considered the most personal book of the bestseller, First person of singular brings together stories about teenage love, baseball, jazz, persistence along the paths of art, concerts and women, among others.

the author of tokyo blues, 1Q84 Y Commander’s Deathamong others, and winner of numerous awards such as the Noma, the Tanizaki, the Yomiuri, the Franz Kafka, the Jerusalem Prize and the Hans Christian Andersen, explores the strangeness of everyday life, exposing the nostalgia, the past, the melancholy that They cross us all through these masterful stories.

Why read it? First person of singular They are stories full of first person and autobiographical details of Murakami, the most prestigious and recognized Japanese writer in the world. Nominated numerous times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Murakami builds in this book the memories of his adolescence and youth, with his obsessions and his literary universe. With this book he managed to be among the best sellers for several weeks. Tales narrated with the delicacy of the intimate and the reflection on the past that is always combined in the present in our lives.

Number of pages: 288

"The danger of being sane"by Rosa Montero.
“The danger of being sane”, by Rosa Montero.

“I have always known that something was wrong inside my head” begins the most recent book by the Spanish writer and journalist Rose Montero. Posted in April this year, The danger of being sane It could be considered as several books in one. Why? Montero starts from his personal experience and his readings of neuroscience, psychology and literature and different authors of artistic disciplines to investigate the relationship between creativity and madness.

In the book, he recounts the fragility of a woman —Montero— while recounting hobbies, ideas, addictions and sufferings of many other writers, such as Clarice Lispector, louis althusser, Sylvia Plath, Charles Bukowski and Alejandra Pizarnik, among others. Panic attacks, feelings of loneliness and when she imagines that an earthquake is about to happen are some of the episodes that the Spanish writer narrates. She investigates them thinking about the intersection between creative processes and mental instability.

Why read it? Because The danger of being sane it is a defense of being different. In its pages there are reflections on childhood, suffering, creativity, the brain and its maturity, and on how art is “a wound made light”. A book for those who feel “weird” and search, reflect and investigate the limits between sanity and madness.

Number of pages: 360


The other side of Mario Vargas Llosa’s love story with his aunt, whom he left for his first cousin
Haruki Murakami and a fiction loaded with memory
“The danger of being sane”, the new Rosa Montero: “I feel weird, but the weird ones are the normal ones”

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What to read this weekend: Vargas Llosa, Murakami and Rosa Montero for less than 16 soles