Book recommendations – December 2022

Below you will find a selection of books I recommend from what I have read recently. I was very into short stories, especially from some fantastic Latin American authors.

Fiction

  • El gaucho insufrible (The Insufferable Gaucho) by Roberto Bolaño. A disparate collection of short stories from the great Bolaño. Some of them have anti-climatic endings but his writing style is delightful.
  • Sacrificios humanos by María Fernanda Ampuero. A collection of shocking, cruel, and violent short stories from this amazing Ecuatorian writer. Not sure if there is an edition in English yet.
  • The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant. Another collection of short stories, mostly about family bonds. The narrative style is amazing.
  • El orgasmógrafo by Enrique Serna. Dark humor short stories from a Mexican writer I did not know before reading this book. I couldn’t find an English version.
  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. A marvelous science fiction and mystery story that you can’t stop reading. Finalist for the Nebula and Hugo awards.
  • Ruletistul by Mircea Cărtărescu. A short story by a renowned Romanian writer. Unlikely but interesting story of an unlucky man who dedicates his life to the betting game of Russian roulette.
  • La Bestia by Carmen Mola. A great page-turner suspense novel based in Madrid in 1834. This book won the Premio Planeta 2021. Not sure if there is an edition in English yet, but no doubt it will be.

Non-fiction

  • Post-Truth by Lee McIntyre. A fascinating book that explains post-truth phenomena: how it works, why it originated, and some recommendations on how to fight it. If you are concerned about a world of “alternative facts”, you can’t miss reading this.
  • The SBF & FTX story. Not written yet and not sure who will write it but can’t wait to read this fascinating fraud saga. Maybe Mike Isaac or John Carreyrou are already working on this one?

I hope you enjoy these recommendations. Comments and shares are welcome.

Here is my previous recommendation.

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