Lorrie Moore: One Character, Multiple Lives, and an Alphabet Soup
Anagrams was the second book published by the American Lorrie Moore (1957) and her first novel. De Moore, owner of an acute sense of humor, a crystalline language and an immense tenderness towards her creatures, the reader already knows, among other titles, the entirety of her stories and, thanks to the Argentine Eterna Cadencia, her novel ¿ Who will take care of the frog hospital? or his book of essays and criticism Let’s see what can be done. In Anagrams, the New Yorker puts into play a woman, Brenda, whom, chapter by chapter, he makes live several lives. Possibly, those that would have been his luck according to the anagram that presided over his entry into the world.
Emigration, illusions and setbacks at the hands of Xesús Fraga
Jesus Fraga was born in London in 1971 because emigrants have a curious habit of continuing to reproduce abroad. However, it soon found itself installed in Galicia, since the host societies have the no less curious habit of getting rid of cheap labor if they are badly suited. It is not surprising, then, that emigration is very present in his work. Virtues (and mysteries) He investigates the trajectory of his grandparents (he to Venezuela, where he disappears; she to London) and, using various registers (diary, chronicle, novel), erects a fresco that covers two generations and includes the adventures of Fraga himself. From the Galician land to those of promise, flesh and blood to go beyond the figures.
The love in the handwriting of Byron, Keats and the Shelleys
The three romantic letters announced by the subtitle of The Broken World are four, since the Shelleys’ is the work of Percy and Mary. Gonzalo Torné’s idea of bringing together in one volume the love letters of the leading figures of the second English romantic generation is unprecedented. Torné has arranged a kaleidoscope, annotated and prologue, which allows us to perceive the love instinct embodied in three molds: passion (Byron), idealization (Keats) and the conjugal enclosure (the Shelleys). Of course, these lines are pure love explosion, not reflection on the phenomenon. Byron conquers, Keats cornered with his jealousy, the Shelleys herd his fold. A gem and a haven.