Books by Francisco Goldman
NPR stories about Francisco Goldman
Juan Vidal recommends three Latin American masterpieces that were translated this year: a boundary-pushing novella, a noir tale of an assassination plot and a complex exploration of identity and history. There are no noble heroes in these pages — instead, they feature hapless, struggling souls in search of meaning.
What is it about the human spirit? Even in the most emotionally and physically trying times, somehow, it is able to remain victorious. Author Susan Choi recommends three tales of struggle and, ultimately, of those who achieve great feats in the face of adversity.
A promising young writer from Mexico City died after a freak surfing accident. Her husband, Francisco Goldman, has written a novel-cum-memoir that pieces together his grief, his wild adoration for his wife, and the parts of a marriage that remain unknowable to anyone outside of it.
Some things do improve with age. A Latin American literature scholar wants his friends and family to regift the books he's given them that they haven't read. Unlike the transparently regifted cologne — which he doesn't wear and doesn't want — a regifted book will reread and perhaps regifted again.