From an act of suicide to the “graveyard of empires”. Five Books to Consider Released This Week – Vida

As it is already written hereIn a fair world, the name Silvina Ocampo will always come to the fore whenever someone mentions Jorge Luis Borges or Adolfo Bioy Casares when talking about the best Argentine writers. Being a close friend of the first and wife of the second, this would have contributed to her being in the shadows of the two, as well as her refusal to give interviews would have prevented her from presenting herself to a wider audience. However, it was her own writing of literature, seen as cruel and obsessive–with childhood, with children, and memory–that deprived her of greater acceptance, unlike her poetry, which was more traditional and therefore well-accepted.

as such Written by Mariana Enriquez – in a way, his heir and one of the great Argentinian names of today – “During her active years Silvina Ocampo was a famous but poorly read writer”, and this fame arose mainly from her aristocratic origins. “His literature was very peculiar: a vague and excessive fantasy that was incomprehensible to a wider audience of his day,” he continues. But times are different now, and blending “Angela Carter’s madness with Clarice Lispector’s absolute originality,” Ocampo has readers prepared for his subversive nature—including in Portugal.

“That’s how I read this”

“É Desta Que Leio Isto” is a reading group promoted by Madre Medea and Elisa Balthazar, co-founder of the “Chapter One” writing project.

Launched in May 2020, it was created with the aim of encouraging reading and discussion about books. We have already browsed pages of books by authors such as Luis Sepúlveda, George Orwell, Jose Saramago, Dulce Maria Cardoso, Harper Lee, Valter Hugo May, Gabriel García Márquez, Vladimir Nabokov, Afonso Reis Cabral, Philip Roth, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichiezen, Jonathan Abel Fran Lucas, Maria do Rosario Pedrera, Milan Kundera, Joan Didion, Eka de Queiroz and Patricia Highsmith, always in the presence of special guests who help us discuss, interpret, exchange ideas and, above all, give good conversations.

In addition to monthly meetings to discuss literary works, the club has a Facebook group, with over 1,300 participants, that aims to encourage the exchange of ideas about the books, their authors, and the writings and stories we are passionate about.

After editing “The Fury” last year, Antigone is now bringing another volume of short stories – 44, to be exact – to our country in “Guests”, considered one of his best, is already framed in Ocampo’s literary maturity. With generous doses of the surreal and the fantastic—featuring deaf and dumb children with wings and twists, apparitions, and other anomalies—the writer spoils everyday life and adds a few strokes of dark humor.

For the rest, it is perhaps characteristic of the pampas to look at half-empty glass, with floating mosquitoes and drifting dust that might not even be there. Or just an innate propensity for writers. This last sentence may be offensive, but it certainly is not with Antonio de Benedetto, author of one of Argentina’s most important literary trilogy of the twentieth century, “Trilogia da Espera”. Although he was recognized by critics during his career, his influence, according to another great writer of his countryman, Juan José Sayre, was Argentine culture towards him”Huge debt that has yet to be paid“.

With two parts of this trilogy already published in Portugal – “Zama” and “O Silencieiro” – Cavalo de Ferro complements the trio with “Suicide”. At the center of this story is a self-indulgent journalist tasked with writing a history of a wave of suicides that has occurred in the city. The thing, as he embarks on this project, becomes obsessed with the nature of self-death, especially since there are more than a dozen suicides in the family, including his father, who killed himself at the age of thirty-three. , the age that the protagonist is about to complete. a Even Saer wrote that Di Benedetto’s characters “were distantly related to some of Dostoevsky’s heroes”, because like the heroes of the Russian master “they have a special sensitivity to evil, to themselves and to the sensitivity of others.”

Moving from villains to heroes, filth is abandoned, but not tragic nature, and this characteristic is present in collections in the stories of ancient Greek times, in particular the events of the Trojan War. Achilles is the quintessential example of a hero doomed to destruction, but Madeline Miller felt that his faithful companion, Patroclus, was no less important or a disgrace. It was her love of Homer’s “Iliad”, which she read to her as a child, that led her to adapt this Greek epic to contemporary times and tell the story of these two men in “Achilles song” Obtaining a master’s degree in classical studies also helped.

A book originally published in Portugal by Bertrand Editeira in 2013, has long been out of print, which is why Minotoro saved it from shortage. Moreover, the reprint is more convenient because the book His popularity increased dramatically when he became recommended on TikTok. It’s easy to see why: Replacing the formality of Homer’s epic with its simplicity and dryness akin to current fantasy and romance books, it has become a “young” phenomenon, but has also received critical acclaim. After all, that’s what I earn Miller Women’s Fiction Awardonly the fourth to be awarded for the first time.

From millennia to not so distant past, it is common to say that those who do not learn from the mistakes of history, risk repeating them. This phrase is debatable, because the circumstances are always different (which is why it is safe to say that history does not repeat itself, but rhymes), but it would have been useful for both the Soviet Union in the 80s and 90s, as well as the United States and the United Kingdom . At the beginning of the century, he understood why Afghanistan was called “Cemetery of Empires“- And the British misunderstood this first time.

The so-called First Anglo-Afghan War, from 1839 to 1842, was a fiasco for the British Empire. If, at first, almost 20,000 colonial soldiers subjugated the country and replaced a favorite leader on the throne, after two years of occupation, the Afghan people adhered to the call to jihad and forced the British forces to retreat to the mountains, where they were attacked. British Military Humiliation in the Nineteenth Century.

These years were chronicled in detail by the Scottish historian William Dalrymple in “The Return of the King, the Battle for Afghanistan”, A work edited by Don Quixote that goes beyond the historical scope, since it is also a travel book. Dalrymple moved to the region, making use of hitherto untapped Afghan and Indian sources to produce another multi-award winning book. Writing in 2012, there were already concerns here about what would happen with the departure of Western forces from Afghanistan: the events of 2021 would prove them right.

From the past to the present and how we lived it, perhaps there is no other Portuguese philosopher as committed to uncovering the chaos that surrounds us like André Baratta. From the series of books he published with Documenta, first came the thought of the way we allow ourselves to be consumed by the frenetic and constantly suspended time (and how to free ourselves from this situation) in “E se Pararemos de Sobreviver? A little book to think and act against the dictatorship of time”. Then came the confrontation of the paradox of a world increasingly interconnected, but where people are increasingly isolated and separated, with “the separation of the world and the question of man.”

Now comes the analysis of how we relate to our environment – not just in the ecological sense of the term, but literally what surrounds us. in “To live in any world – us, places and things”Professor and researcher at the University of Beira Interior invites us to revolutionize the way we relate to places and give them meaning, not as interchangeable spaces, equivalent to one another, but as places in which we create real, meaningful relationships. And if the title refers to “any world”, it is because the solution is not in the same place, geographically, but in us, and how can we carry this idea to any place.

Other versions:

You can also consider the version of the Constituent Treaty “the war” (Water Clock), on which the 19th century Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz worked until his death, YA . novel “House on the Cerulean Sea” (Desrutina), for which T.J. Cloonee was awarded the Alex Prize, Humorous Memorial “Anti-Protocol Handbook: Disturbing Diplomatic Notes” (Oficina do Livro), in which Henrique Silva Borges documents his life as ambassador to Portugal, and “pirate interviews (VS Editors), a collection of interviews and writings from the eternal Italian director, writer, and perspective writer, Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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