I’m sharing some of my favorite reads of 2016. See them all here.
Zama has been a long time coming, and it’s definitely worth it. This novel is just about perfect, and it’s become a source of almost unanimous admiration among Latin American authors. To see the kind of enthusiasm and major star power behind this book, have a look over here.
The precision of the writing in this book is just remarkable (and congrats to Esther Allen on a beautiful translation); it’s philosophically deep; it’s witty; it’s existential and futile, but not in a cheap, cynical, or otherwise shallow way. If you dig Beckett, Kafka, etc, etc, do yourself a favor.