These are the best books and editorial news of the week chosen by the staff of OKDIARIO to start the course entertaining.
‘A different story from the world’, by Fernando Trías de Bes
Did you know that the counterfeiter is the fairest thief of all? Or that private property was invented by corrupt monarchs to raise more? That the stock companies were created to hide the identity of the nobles graced by the kings? Or that we owe insurance to unsupportive people?
Normally we delve into history through events, wars, discoveries, but each social invention It has been the result of our impulses, instincts and emotions: from fear to forgiveness, through ambition, envy, dissatisfaction, compassion or the desire for power. These and many others explain how we organize ourselves, how we work and how our current aspirations, rights and freedoms have been shaped.
In a different story of the world, Fernando Trías de Bes reviews the evolution of civilizations through behaviors. The result, a surprising, entertaining and groundbreaking reading, which discovers the psychological and starkly human architectures that sustain our social system.
‘Far from Egypt’, by André Aciman
Asteroid Books publishes Far from Egypt (1994), a memoir in which André Aciman recalls his childhood in multicultural Alexandria and the adventures of his eccentric family, Sephardic Jews with Turkish and Italian roots. This book, the author’s favorite among all his bibliography, is now being published for the first time in Spain, with a magnificent translation by Celia Filipetto. Author of the bestselling Call Me By Your Name, Aciman received the prestigious Whiting Award in 1995 for this book.
With delicate Proustian echoes, these vital and melancholic memories they pay homage to a world that has already disappeared and to childhood as a lost paradise. The story takes place from the arrival of his family to the city at the beginning of the century, until his expulsion in the sixties, when the author was a teenager. A clan made up of figures as charismatic as they are unclassifiable: Uncle Vili, a boastful ex-soldier, Italian fascist and British spy; the two grandmothers, “the saint” and “the princess”, capable of gossiping in six languages, including Ladino; the mother, Gigi, a deaf woman of arms to take; or Aunt Flora, a German refugee who never ceases to remember that Jews will lose everything they have “at least twice in their lives.”
André Aciman was born in 1951 in Alexandria. In 1956 he moved to Rome with his parents and in 1968 to New York, where he graduated in English from Lehman College and obtained a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University. He is currently a professor of comparative literature and creative writing at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
‘From nowhere’by Julia Navarro
From Nowhere, the new novel by Julia Navarro, will be published tomorrow, in Spanish in Plaza & Janés and in Catalan in Rosa dels Vents, both in print and digital format and in audiobook. Throughout the month of September, it will be published in Latin America – Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Peru or Ecuador – as well as in the United States, countries where the audiovisual adaptation of Tell me who I am has recently been released with great success.
The first appointment with his readers will take place on Friday September 10 at the Madrid Book Fair, where he will sign copies of his work that day and during the three weekends and will present the novel in an open event on Friday 23. Two days later, on Sunday 25, he will participate in the Hay Festival in Segovia and from there he will begin a long and intense tour of bookstores throughout Spain. Nor will this fall be absent from the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL), the most important literary event in Latin America.
Nowhere tells of the journey of two men in search of their identity. Abir Nasr witnesses, helplessly, the murder of his family during an Israeli army mission in southern Lebanon and swears before the corpses of his mother and little sister that he will hunt down the culprits for the rest of his life. Night after night his threat breaks into the dreams of Jacob Baudin, one of the soldiers who have participated in the action while fulfilling his compulsory military service, facing the dilemma of fighting against enemies he has not chosen to try to reconcile with an identity that is given to him by his status as a Jew. Their lives cross again years later in Brussels under the smoke of the bombs with which The circle, an Islamist organization, sows terror in the heart of Europe.
The author addresses in this novel great themes that are very present in all her work: the search for identity, uprooting and the weight of the past. “With From Nowhere I return to reflect on the human condition. For me, writing is trying to travel to the abyss of the soul of the characters. One of the questions that I keep asking myself is to what extent our origin determines us, that is, where are the limits of our freedom or how that freedom is conditioned. (…) The uprooting is a determining element in the two protagonists of the novel, and both Abir and Jacob share a feeling: the circumstances that have been given to them have prevented them from having roots, roots, feeling part of something, a family, a society , from a country. So I once again face the very Ortega dilemma of circumstances. They are two young people who are making themselves out of uncertainty and hopelessness ”, reflects Julia Navarro on her latest novel.
‘The swifts’by Fernando Aramburu
Toni, a high school teacher angry at the world, decides to end his life. Meticulous and serene, he has chosen the date: within a year. Until then every night he will write, in the apartment he shares with his dog Pepa and a library from which he is shed, a personal chronicle, hard and disbelieving, but no less tender and humorous.
With it, he hopes to discover the reasons for his radical decision, to reveal every last particle of his intimacy, to tell his past and the many daily affairs of a Politically convulsed Spain. They will appear, dissected with an implacable scalpel, his parents, a brother he cannot bear, his ex-wife Amalia, from whom he cannot disconnect, and his troublesome son Nikita; but also his caustic friend Patachula. And an unexpected Águeda.
And in the succession of love and family episodes of this addictive human constellation, Toni, a disoriented man determined to recount its ruins, paradoxically breathes an unforgettable life lesson.
Tristin is an accomplished author and journalist, known for his in-depth and engaging writing on sports. He currently works as a writer at 247 News Agency, where he has established himself as a respected voice in the sports industry.