Bonsai in The Nation

The Nation has had some excellent Latin American fiction coverage of late. Now there's a piece on Bonsai, the novella from Chileno Alejandro Zambra.

This book was one of my favs from the 2008 Best Translated Book longlist, and we also reviewed it in the spring issue of The Quarterly Conversation.



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I’ve even prefer the second one, La vida secreta de las plantas. It’s more delicate and sensitive and the Proust tribute it’s done more subtetly. Zambra moves along Pérec, Proust and Kawabata.

THE SURRENDER

The Surrender is Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning his lifelong desire to be a woman.


LADY CHATTERLEY'S BROTHER

Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


THE LATIN AMERICAN MIXTAPE

5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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