14 junio 2015

Lejos de casa y de la juventud

Los zorros vienen de nocheLos zorros vienen de noche by Cees Nooteboom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ocho relatos de neerlandeses lejos de su patria y contemplando la muerte, casi siempre cuando miran una foto vieja de algún conocido ya desaparecido. Bello en muchos pasajes, pero algo lúgubre, especialmente en el par de relatos, "Paula" y "Paula II". En el primero, un hombre conversa con la muerta a través de su foto, recordando como ella les había fascinado a él y sus compañeros de juerga, mientras en el segundo, ella — Paula — le contesta desde su inexistencia, intentando explicarle muchas cosas que él nunca había sospechado de ella y su relación con el grupo.

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Geoffrey Fox's short story collection Welcome to My Contri (1988, enlarged e-book 2010) was described by The New York Times Book Review as a "short and impressive work" in which "Mr. Fox [...] has created a memorable set of players who, while not natural antagonists (they often share the same dreams and goals), are still somehow bent on confrontation. Watching their sometimes vicious, often darkly humorous interactions leaves us thoroughly wrung out and aware that we are in the presence of a formidable new writer". Novels: A Gift for the Sultan (2010), Rabble! (2021) His articles, op-eds and book reviews have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, the Village Voice and other publications. Since 2008, Fox has been living with his partner, architect Susana Torre, on the edge of the Mediterranean in the village of Carboneras in Andalusia, Spain, where his short stories (in Spanish) under the pen name "Baltasar Lotroyo" ("el otro yo" = alter ego in Spanish) have appeared in anthologies and online publications.