My Documents by Alejandro Zambra

Here’s my review of Alejandro Zambra’s latest book, which, depending on how you want to look at things, is either his first short story collection or his longest novel ever.



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It’s February, in Toronto. I just reread Sjon’s, The Blue Fox. It’s a splendid gem, a wicked little novel that cheered me enormously. It helped me get through a bit of a rough patch; I’m grateful, and if I survive nursing school I will most certainly return to it again next winter.

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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