Search Results: "Guillermo Saccomanno"


BOOK REVIEW

GESELL DOME by Guillermo Saccomanno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Cynical and funny: a yarn worthy of a place alongside Cortázar and Donoso."
"He was swollen, deformed, nibbled by fish." And that's one of the luckier residents of Argentine novelist Saccomanno's infernal seaside-resort city, where not much good ever happens. Read full book review >

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REGARDING RODERER by Guillermo Martínez
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"Here, however, the narrative and the reader trot along toward a conclusion both can envision too early and too clearly."
A stiff, predictable treatment of a subject that's anything but. Read full book review >

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BACK TO MOSCOW by Guillermo Erades
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"An appealingly chaotic—if familiar—look at the inner life of a young 'intellectual.'"
A coming-of-age novel set in Moscow, Erades' debut plays with tropes of student life, literary devotion, and travel. Read full book review >

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THEY CAME IN TWOS by Guillermo Machado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2014

"An often engaging story of unusual creatures that sometimes soars an octave above the ordinary."
In Machado's debut novel, a pair of unusual creatures has a profound effect on people's lives during the speak-easy era. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT BUFFALO by Guillermo Arriaga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2006

"A flashback-heavy movie concerning the obsessed mind of Manuel and his memories of Gregorio and Tania might make for a more compelling experience than this curiously inert novel."
Though Arriaga has impressed with his provocative screenplays, the first novel published in the U.S. by the Mexican writer falls flat on the page. Read full book review >

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MADRE AND I by Guillermo Reyes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2010

"A fairly humorless recollection of a hardworking mother, but still an affecting homage to 'the boundlessly life-affirming memory of her.'"
Playwright Reyes (Theater/Arizona State Univ.) casts a grateful eye on the past and his mother's many sacrifices in a strange land. Read full book review >

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MEA CUBA by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Would it be too much to ask of this brilliant exile that he provide the kind of profound account of Castro's Cuba that only he could give—and that he restrain his punning?"
While singularly informative, this volume of autobiographically oriented sketches of recent Cuban history and culture is, in the end, evasive. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A one-sided, rather stiff telling of a tale that—as a paradigm of grass-roots activism—has needed to be told: Now, if only a Roger Caras or a Cleveland Amory would tell it again, with style. (Photographs—not seen)"
Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF MURDER by Guillermo Martínez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"Martínez (The Oxford Murders, 2005, etc.) crafts a page-turner in which eminently believable obsession and paranoia drive dangerous behavior."
A writer becomes the reluctant arbiter in a real-life game of mortal combat. Read full book review >

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HOLY SMOKE by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 1997

"Take a leaf from this book and have some robusto fun."
An engaging classic about a ``burning passion''—cigar smoking—is available here more than a decade after its original UK issue. Read full book review >

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THE FALL by Guillermo del Toro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Relentlessly paves the way for what promises to be an epic third book."
The second book in Guillermo del Toro (director of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, etc.) and Chuck Hogan's (Devils in Exile, 2010, etc.) The Strain trilogy finds civilization teetering on the brink. Read full book review >

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MAP DRAWN BY A SPY by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"An exile's plainspoken testimonial, bookending Orwell's Homage to Catalonia in the literature of political disappointment."
A geography of disillusionment as limned by the noted Cuban writer (Guilty of Dancing the Chachachá, 2001, etc.), once a stalwart of the Fidelista revolution. Read full book review >