Mujeres del alma mía / The Soul of a Woman
Why is Isabel Allende a feminist? With an irresistible mix of humour, lucidity and wisdom, this essay bears witness to a whole life dedicated to fighting for a fairer, more equal world.
Germanes / Sisters
All happy families are alike, except at Christmas, when each of the in-laws makes them unhappy in their own way.
When each year draws to a close, Rita indulges herself in an inconfessable dream that she zealously nourishes but never dares to realise: to spend Christmas Eve alone in her Barcelona flat, in her pajamas, eating chips and reading by the radiator.
Encargo / Entreaty
Two teenagers, friends and rivals, united by a sinister and terrible event.
The destinies of Desiré and Yésica are forever linked together when one of them is kidnapped. Yésica, the beautiful, intelligent girl who gets the best grades in high school, is abducted when leaving a concert, while Desiré, who is quite the opposite, returns home safe and sound on that night.
Alicia Giménez Bartlett
Sin muertos / No Deaths
Who is Petra Delicado? This enigmatic question presents the best-selling police inspector with her toughest challenge. Pure noir, 100% crime-free.
What we know about Petra Delicado is that she is a veteran homicide detective and that her contradictions are illustrated by her first and last names (which mean “stone” and “delicate”, respectively). She has always abhorred marriage and yet she has been married three times.
Dioses contra microbios. Los griegos y el Covid 19 / Gods Against Microbes. Eros and Covid-19
A dazzling, provocative essay that revisits the ancient world to draw the lessons that this century cannot give us.
In the 5th century BC, any Athenian who reached the age of 50 was a born survivor: he would have participated in two or three wars and survived a plague in which half the population perished, seen his city burnt to ashes, rebuilt and destroyed again, and misery and hunger were part of the natural cycle of life.
In the 21st century, we take change badly, from a simple house move to a divorce or illness.
Juan Jacinto Muñoz Rengel
Una historia de la mentira / A Brief Story of Lies
The only essay in which the abundance of deceptions and falsifications on its pages is a guarantee of its achievements and virtues.
When Epimenides stated that all Cretans were liars, he created a serious quandary for the philosophers of his time, and those of later centuries. Since Epimenides was Cretan, was he telling the truth or lying? This mendacious Cretan was not the first to theorise about lying...
Beethoven. Un músico sobre un mar de nubes / Beethoven. A Musician on a Sea of Clouds
Beethoven’s life and music recounted by the unusual voice of the most recognized and best-liked music populariser in Spain.
Illustrated by Fernando Vicente.
Viaje al sur
In 1962 Juan Marsé toured the provinces of Seville, Cadiz and Malaga accompanied by his friend Antonio Pérez and the photographer Albert Ripoll Guspi. His intention was to write an account of that trip, interspersing photographs and headlines from the Francoist press in such a way that his story would penetrate the reality silenced by officialdom.
La buena suerte / Good Fortune
A moving story of love and atonement.
Looking out of the window of a train during a brief stop at the station of a god-forsaken town in the middle of nowhere, run-down and absolutely ugly, a passenger notices a sign advertising a flat for sale. Pablo, 54, a prestigious architect from Madrid who is traveling to give a conference, decides that this hellhole is a good place to abandon himself to the pain that is eating him away.
Mario Vargas Llosa
Medio siglo con Borges / Half a Century with Borges
One of the most extraordinary writers of the 20th century, Jorge Luis Borges, seen through the eyes of Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa.
“Although absolute perfection does not seem to belong to this world, even in the works of the greatest artists, if anyone came close to achieving it, it was Borges.”
“This collection of articles, conferences, reviews and notes bears witness to over half a century of reading an author who has been an endless source of pleasure for me since I read his first stories and essays in the Lima of the 1950s...