26 septiembre 2017

Ilusivos y elusivos amores

El amor tan temidoEl amor tan temido by Noemí Trujillo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Un estudiante de periodismo de 25 años, Guillermo, se enamora locamente de una viuda de 53, Ingrid, mientras su joven novia, Blanca, está pasando el verano con su "familia" inglesa en Inglaterra. Tanto Blanca como Ingrid tiene historias más complicadas que Guillermo ni sospecha y vidas eróticas de que él no se quiere enterar, cada una follando desesperadamente en intentos por encontrar el elusivo amor. Y el pobre Guillermo, porque filtra todas sus experiencias a través de las canciones de Bob Dylan y las muchas películas románticas y sentimentales que adora, no sabe o no se permite experimentar la vida en directo.

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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.