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Books I gave to Robert:
Jung’s The Red Book (amazing!)
The Tanners by Robert Walser
Bolano’s The Skating Rink
Kurt Schwitters’ Lucky Hans and Other Merz Tales
others gave to us:
The New York Times’ Front Pages, 1851-2009
The Intent On by Ken Irby

Gift Card which will be used directly for the new Coetzee.
Gave Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson to a relative.

My fiancee is amazing, heres my haul:
Pornografia-Witold Gombrowicz
Last Evenings on Earth-Roberto Bolano
By Night In Chile-Roberto Bolano
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo-Stieg Larsson
The Killer Inside Me-Jim Thompson
Butcher’s Crossing-John Williams
Remainder-Tom McCarthy
Pale Fire-Vladimir Nabokov
The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll-Alvaro Mutis
Await Your Reply-Dan Chaon
Ice-Vladimir Sorokin
Plus an Amazon gift certificate to pick up some more!

I got –
The Making of Americans – Stein
By Night in Chile – Bolano
The Magic Mountain – Mann
Three Novellas – Bernhard
Collected poems of Ashbery and Plath
them – JCO
The Golden Bowl – James
The Anxiety of Influence – Bloom

Harold Brodkey’s The Runaway Soul, Everyman editions of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Other Stories, Fergus Henderson’s (one of my favourite chefs) Nose to Tail Eating and W. G. Hoskins’s The Making of The English Landscape.

They gave me Vicente Luis Mora’s Tiempo and Jorge Luis Borges’ El Libro de Arena (I’m not convinced enough by the edition of his Obras Completas, and they are giving each Borges book that I don’t own and even I’ve read all more than twice, I MUST have all that books in my library). In Spain we also give lots of presents at January 6th, the Three Kings Day, so we’ll see.

Oh, and the book I buy was Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak, a little masterpiece that now, with the movie around there, has a beautiful edition without movie tie-ins luckily.

I almost forgot: I also gave Robert The Salt Smugglers by Gerard de Nerval, beautifully translated by Richard Sieburth.

I gave two collections of poetry by Raul Zurita. I will get to pick out my Xmas gift at the Strand next week while visiting NYC.

Gave: Rambaud’s History of Russia from the Earliest Times to 1877.
Received: The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. I-IV (box set).
Vocational Christmas Reading: Maps In Those Days: Cartographic Methods Before 1850.


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


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 . . .


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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