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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem
on the banks of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY
(uploaded on Wikimedia Commons by Dreamyshade)
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Es una pena que no pueda publicar directamente en segunda mano; soy un verdadero apasionado de los libros usados, no de los nuevos (Jonathan Lethmen, quoted in El País)

[It's a shame I cannot publish directly for resale; I am a truly aficionado of used books, rather than first editions]

novelist, essayist and short story writer; his first novel (Gun, with Occasional Music, mixing SF and detective fiction) was published in 1994; Motherless Brooklyn (published in 1999) gained mainstream recognition; The Fortress of Solitude, from 2003, entered the NY Times Best Seller List; and he wrote many other novels and short stories; his books are kind of genre bending (mixing SF, detective, and autobiography); El País has in today's issue a column consecrated to Jonathan Lethem (El perfil izquierdo de EE UU), speaking about his most recent novel, Dissident Gardens, from 2013 (translated in Spanish, Los Jardines de la disidencia); his Chronic City, from 2009, is also mentioned in the column; you should read also Contracultura y caricatura, also from El País (Jonathan Lethem afila su pluma frente al activismo político en Los jardines de la disidencia); if they say so...

and another quote from the guy: los americanos son un pueblo ahistórico, los europeos no se lo pueden permitir

(A Life in Books)



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