The 10 outstanding books that Bookstores Recommend – The Pleasure of Reading

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FICTION

“The Occupation” by Annie Ernaux. Translation by Lydia Vázquez Jiménez (Cabaret Voltaire)

Originally published in 2002, The ocupation It is a story where Annie Ernaux dissects and analyzes the obsessive issue of jealousy, and, as is customary in her literature, it is done explicitly from her own experience.

“The most extraordinary thing about jealousy is that a city, the world, is populated with a being that is not known at all,” says Ernaux, who at other times in the book shines with exact observations about why a jealousy occurs. Celopathy, and how it manifests itself, and how far it can go.

We bookstores once again surrender to the precision and daring of Ernaux’s literature, we thank the publishing house Cabaret Voltaire for their perseverance in recent years betting on her, and we celebrate that she has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature.

“The Kings of the House” by Delphine de Vigan. Translation by Pablo Martín Sánchez (Anagram)

After Nothing opposes the night, Based on true events and Gratitudes, Delphine de Vigan, one of the authors we like to recommend the most, returns with the kings of the housea disturbing and uncomfortable novel about the exposure of minors in social networks, the weakness of ties and the distortion of emotions.

As stated by María Bravo, bookseller at Ambra Llibres (Gandía, Valencia), “what has made me unable to stop reading Los reyes de la casa has been the ease with which the author has to create characters that, apparently, are harmless and banal. , but that hide the darkest of perversities and sociopathic and evil behaviors”.

NON-FICTION

“Everything is going to get better” by Almudena Grandes (Tusquets Editores)

A year after the death of Almudena Grandes, what will be her last novel appears, with a title that we do not want to interpret as self-ironic but in a literal, universal way, and with some epilog pages by Luis García Montero, who was also the one who wrote the last chapter.

In Everything is going to get better It fantasizes about a pandemic very similar to the one recently experienced by all, fears its sociological, economic and ideological consequences and portrays some of the well-known convictions of Grandes, who also left pages to talk about the disease and care. It is, therefore, a literary testament that, like all of her author’s work, will always have a place in our bookstores.

“April 14” by Paco Cerdá (Asteroid Books)

The literary project that won the II Libros del Asteroides Non-Fiction Award is also the one that, once completed and published, CEGAL bookstores liked the most among the new essay books.
In April 14thPaco Cerdá recounts everything that happened on that decisive date of April 14, 1931, the day of the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic, from dawn to the end, and he does so by focusing on very different places throughout the Spanish geography, or going from the royal palace to the riots.

Being clearly an essay, it is a narrated essay, and bookshops have already been convinced by the way in which Paco Cerdá tells all those partial stories that helped to explain not only that day, but the preceding and subsequent ones, that is, the causes and the consequences of that event.

“Men are not islands” by Nuccio Ordine. Translation of Jordi Bayod (Cliff)

Deeply convinced that, as the subtitle of this new essay affirms, “the classics help us to live”, the Italian professor Nuccio Ordine insists on men are not islands in the need not to neglect the best that we are, collected in that unanimously canonized literature.

Books are not just books, and apart from being products of civilization, they are civilizing tools in themselves, capable of making us better, more compassionate, more attentive to others, less suspicious of what is different. It is something to which Ordine has devoted much thought and already several titles, and a conviction to which we bookstores join.

CHILDISH

“An infinite sock” by Pedro Mañas and Eleni Papachristou (Nordic Children)

We are already getting into the Christmas spirit with this rhymed albumwith a catchy chorus (“what if Christmas comes and I haven’t found the tip?”), written by Pedro Mañas and illustrated by Eleni Papachristou, which emphasizes the loneliness of the elderly and which Kirico bookstores have selected as one of the books of the month.

Soledad is old, lives alone, and after a Christmas in which she does not receive any gifts, she begins to knit a huge sock in which all those gifts that she wishes to receive fit: “While her stocking knitted / unknitted hours at a time, / and The days went by… / and the pages of the story”.

This tender and poetic story is, according to Patricia Salas from Librería Estudio in Miranda de Ebro (Burgos), “a beautiful story that makes you smile” and that “should be part of the collection of any library or bookstore.”

“What will the afterlife be like?” by Shinsuke Yoshitake / Translated by Eugenia García Munín (Red Fox Books)

Each of the new books by Japanese illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake is a source of joy due to his original way of portraying the world of children. After titles like “To be or to be… an apple” or “That robot is me”, he now reaches bookstores “What will the afterlife be like?”, an album that explores the loss of a loved one.

As Maleni Gil, from Librería Gil (Santander), recounts, after the death of his grandfather, a boy discovers the notebook in which he had been capturing “different scenarios of how he imagined the afterlife and what he would need to travel through it; a compendium of plans, gods and situations that occur in that mysterious place.”

“The magic of this album is that Yoshitake manages to capture, from the look of a child, a feeling in which we all recognize ourselves and about which the human being has not stopped thinking since its origins, making it clear to us along the way that the Imagination is not just for children”, he assures.

The Secrets of Vampires by Julie Légère, Elsa Whyte and Laura Pérez / Translated by Regina López Muñoz (Errata Naturae)

Two years ago, “The Secrets of the Witches” arrived in bookstores, a book created by six hands between the French writers Julie Légère, Elsa Whyte and the Valencian illustrator Laura Pérez, which now has a continuation with “The secrets of the vampires

This volume reviews the history of these enigmatic creatures, from the lamias of Ancient Greece to the dandies of Anne Rice, on a journey through history, philosophy, literature or pop culture, as well as the forms they have adopted in the different cultures, from the Japanese nukekubi to the Mexican tlahuelpuchi.

For Kirico bookstores, this is one of the bets in the youth section and, as Laura Vila from Librería Alberti (Madrid) says, if “The secrets of the witches” was “an excuse for them to tell us the history of women , of all women”, now, this vampire story is “a veiled way of telling us the history of humanity and our fears, which have always awaited us, hidden in the shadows.”

COMICS

Cosmo Detective. Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and David Rubin. Translation Santiago García Fernández. Astiberri

It was May 2020 when three comic book greats, Jeff Lemire, David Rubín and Matt Kindt launched a project whose first step was a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The endorsement that these three names represent in the comic industry meant that the necessary financing was covered in a couple of days. We had to wait, but in September a copy reached all the patrons and the Astiberri publishing house published it in Spain. Script and drawing make this comic a jewel for all lovers of the genre.

From the Milcomics bookstore in Zaragoza they tell us that we are facing “a futuristic noir that exudes love for the work of King Jack Kirby, with an absolutely cosmic David Rubín that immerses us in a world in which discovering the truth could be the worst thing that can happen. happen to the detective. A comic as big as the format chosen by Lemire, Kindt and Rubín for its publication.”

Old Boy 1. Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi. Manga District

Penguin Random House’s publishing label, Manga District, reissues the classic “Old Boy” in a three-volume collector’s edition. This first volume collects the first 29 issues of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s manga.

A revenge thriller in which a single man, Gotô, will face an entire mafia organization. After being released after being kidnapped for ten years, Gotô will start a bloody search for his kidnapper. A seinen from the 90s that will surprise many current manga readers accustomed to new techniques, but that will not leave you indifferent, neither because of the drawing nor because of a story that keeps you on edge.

The 10 outstanding books that Bookstores Recommend – The Pleasure of Reading