Piercing (Ryu Murakami, 2009)

A novel about the interactions of sex that is powerfully repulsive and captivating at the same time In Japan and the English-speaking world, Ryu Murakami first became known with his novel "Coin Locker Babies" (1980). In it he describes the life of two boys who were exposed in locker rooms in infancy and grew up …

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The East-West Burlesque of Santiago Gamboa

"What is the actual situation of a secondary writer, if not on a single, huge drain?" When Santiago Gamboa, on the first page of his most recent novel with Gombrowicz's voice, scoffs at the inferior writers, it is almost self-evident that he himself is not one of those pitiful creatures of the literary rearguard. For, as Gamboa …

The Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino, 1972)

I decided to revisit The Invisible Cities (1972) of the Italian author Calvin with whom I believe, with the force of a bump on the little toe, to have some astral connection. The book was reprinted this year. Bibliophile fetishes aside,  Invisible Cities  will be a different experience for each reader. Just as the experienced traveler sees in a new city …

The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood, 2006)

The Canadian Margaret Atwood, in addition to the vast and diverse career as a writer (exploring the novel, the tale and the poetry), has also taught English language and literature and has long exercised literary criticism, without neglecting activism in environmental causes and humanitarian. The political approach, moreover, is a striking feature in her fictional works, …

The Way to Paradise (Mario Vargas Llosa, 2003)

Vargas Llosa knows where paradise lies Blinded by syphilis, rotting alive, Paul Gauguin, just before his death, attempts to turn the wild secret of the South Seas into color. Around 50 years earlier, Flora Tristán heads to the shantytowns of major European cities, she sees the excesses of prostitution in London, the adverse conditions of …

Memories of my melancholy whores (Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 2004)

Gabriel Garcia Márquez 'novel "Memories of my melancholy whores" "Sex is the only a comfort when love is not enough," is one of the key words in the new novel by Gabriel Garcia Márquez. This slim work by the 77-year-old Nobel Prize winner from 1982 is all about love, unfulfilled yearnings, disappointments and newly discovered great …

The essay as a novel: Identity (Milan Kundera 1997, reprinted 2017)

On Milan Kundera's novel essay "Identity" Much does not happen in Milan Kundera's latest novel, Identity, except perhaps in the imagination. The imagination dominates the action of the characters in the novel and the progress of the story. From the banality of contented life, the characters develop thoughts about disturbances of contentment, about the death …

In the digital frame of Heidegger

Martin Heidegger speaks of technology as a "Gestell" or a "frame". This is not a finished construction, but an activity of "ordering". Modern technology, for him, is the culmination of the "conquest of the world as a picture". For Heidegger, the word "image" means "the structure of imaginative creation" - an activity "of the calculation, the planning and the cultivation of all things." The totality of this representational production, the framework, is itself not technical, but a fateful relationship of man to his world and to himself. In the placing and ordering of nature, according to Heidegger, man makes it a "standing-reserve ". Forests, coal seams, oil wells, ore mines belong to the  earth, materials and energies that man has turned into "standing-reserve" in the attempt to make a more efficient output.