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The literary world is full of writers who have amazed us with their works, famous writers of horror, drama, science fiction and other genres who have always offered us novels, stories and stories to remember, as well as controversies in which they have been involved during his literary career.

The literary world is full of writers who have amazed us with their works, famous writers of horror, drama, science fiction and other genres who have always offered us novels, stories and stories to remember, as well as controversies in which they have been involved during his literary career.

Literary controversies

It is true that the literary world is full of great works capable of awakening deep feelings in readers, and although writers always seem like that strange and mystical figure capable of creating fantastic literary works, the truth is that they are not far from behaving like any other human.

There is a lot of gossip that surrounds the literary world, which you can find on various portals dedicated to news such as Gossip, and thus find out about the vain and mundane side of the most famous writers of all time.

Writers who years ago could have appeared in the online magazine

Cervantes and Lope de Vega

Lope de Vega was well known, both in Spain and abroad, being one of the harshest critics of Cervantes, while the latter responded to his criticisms with sonnets and attacking the dramatic work of Lope de Vega.

When “Don Quixote” is sent to court by Cervantes, Lope de Vega, upon learning of this, sends a letter to Cervantes using various adjectives that qualify him as pig, ass, trifle, and other quite offensive descriptions.

In response to this, Cervantes would respond with several verses that would appear in the prologue of Don Quixote in a more polite way. The truth is that both had a different vision of life that made them constantly collide in this way.

Vargas Llosa and Gabo

Gabriel García Márquez and Vargas Llosa were writers who shared a friendship for many years, after meeting in Venezuela, even sharing a literary agent. They both felt admiration and affection for the other, however, this would end in the most controversial way.

Although it is not fully known what caused the rivalry between the winners of the Nobel Prize in literature, there are some well-known rumors and the one that sounds the most includes Patricia Llosa, Vargas Llosa’s wife.

The fight took place in 1976 in Mexico, when Gabo would go out to greet his friend and he would hit him that sent Gabo straight to the ground. And since then the enmity of both writers would continue for many years.

On the other hand, today Vargas Llósa is the front page of the red press, thanks to his romance with Isabel Preysler, and although he does not want to appear, he has no choice but to pose and put on a good face, although the gossip about crisis between the two always are at the bottom of the canyon.

Bolaño and Allende
Roberto Bolaño

He is a great writer who brought works such as “Wild Detectives”, among many others, but he was always conflicted with other writers and people in general. On one occasion he would attack Isabel Allende, indicating that she was a bad writer, considering her a writer. However, this was just a beginning, as he would attack her again later.

In response to this, Isabel Allende, author of “The House of Spirits”, would respond by saying that Bolaño was a person who fought with everyone, always with a bad opinion of everyone, that despite being a good writer, he did not it made him a better person.

A book of literary gossip

If you are still interested in learning more about the gossip and curiosities of famous writers and poets, you can purchase the book “Secret Lives of Great Writers”, where you can read a series of gossip by renowned figures in the literary world such as Hemingway, Sartre, Byron, Wilde, Poe and others.

Inside the book you will be able to know the various interesting stories that surrounded the lives of these writers, such as Byron’s promiscuity, Poe’s alcohol problems and fear of the dark, Dickson’s withdrawn, and many more stories that will give you a different perspective of your favorite writers.

But if you are interested in knowing the gossip of the most recent writers, their partners or other characters that appear on television, this type of online magazines is what you need to be aware of everything.

THE ART OF LOSING, by Alice Zeniter, on sale now

It is a pleasure to inform you that The Art of Losing, by Alice Zeniter, will be on sale tomorrow. Winner in 2017 of the Goncourt des Lycéens, Littéraire Le Monde, Landarneau des Lecteurs, Libraires de Nancy awards and the first Goncourt Award in Spain, with a jury chaired by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, and with more than half a million copies sold, The The art of losing has become the new European literary phenomenon.

In this vivid narrative fresco, set against the backdrop of war and the decolonization of Algeria, Alice Zeniter evokes the fate of three generations of a family imprisoned by a tenacious past and embroider a captivating novel about the origins, identity and freedom of be yourself.

“An important book, as overflowing as it is dazzling.” Le Parisien

“The definitive novel, always agile and plural, about French identity.” L’Obs

“A powerfully realistic text on the concepts of identity and decolonization.” Vanity fair

“Alice Zeniter covers the great movements of history through intimate and unique stories, always based on characters full of life.” Le croix

“A beautiful novel.” Lire

“Surprising.” Le Monde

“Impossible that it does not reach your heart.” Le Figaro Magazine

The Festival of European Letters will bring twelve outstanding European writers to FIL in Guadalajara

The Festival of European Letters of the Guadalajara International Book Fair will bring in its ninth edition twelve of the most representative narrators, poets and literary critics from Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and the Czech Republic, who will talk about his work and what the multiplicity of characteristics and influences of the countries that are part of the European community represents.

Organized by the Delegation of the European Union in Mexico, in collaboration with the embassies of its member states and FIL Guadalajara, the Festival of European Letters will offer Latin American readers a panorama of contemporary literature from the Old Continent. On this occasion, Theresia Enzensberger (Germany), Isabelle Wéry (Belgium), Lada Žigo (Croatia), Lucia Duero (Slovakia), Ana Schnabl (Slovenia), Domingo Villar (Spain), Johanna Sinisalo (Finland), Leïla Slimani (France ), Andrea Bajani (Italy), Joris Luyendijk (Netherlands), David Machado (Portugal) and Iva Pekárková (Czech Republic) will be present at FIL.

In this edition, the festival will have three tables, which will be held from December 2 to 4, in Room E, of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, where the authors will talk about their works, about the meeting points between contemporary European and Latin American literature, as well as sharing their traditions and their relationship with the great issues that cross the world today.

The Festival of European Letters is the result of joint work with the embassies of the member states of the European Union and the collaboration of Acción Cultural Española AC / E, Italian Institute of Culture, Czech Literary Center, Goethe Mexico Institute, Beletrina Academic Press, Slovene Book Agency, the Portuguese Republic and Nederlands Letterenfonds. This program has had the participation of 80 European writers (among emerging voices and established authors) who have presented their work to the public of FIL Guadalajara.

Manuel Vilas the only writer in Spanish among those selected for the best foreign book in France

Ordesa (Alfaguara, 2018) by Manuel Vilas, is in the first selection for the award for the best foreign book in France (prix du Meilleur livre étranger). An award that is awarded each year to a novel and an essay translated into French. The jury, made up like last year by Christine Jordis, Anne Freyer, Nathalie Crom, Joëlle Losfeld, Catherine Enjolet, Daniel Arsand, Manuel Carcassonne, Gérard de Cortanze, Jean-Claude Lebrun, Alexis Liebaert and Joël Schmidt. Ordesa, translated into French by Isabelle Gugnon and published in this language by Editions du Sous-Sol, competes with the works of 15 other authors such as the American Chris Kraus, the Canadian Michael Ondaatje, and the young American Tommy Orange. The finalists will be announced at the beginning of November. The last Spanish author to win this award was Carlos Ruíz Zafón in 2004 for La sombra del viento.

What am I talking about when I talk about writing about Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami embodies the prototype of a lonely and reserved writer; he considers himself extremely shy and has always stressed that he is uncomfortable talking about himself, his private life and his vision of the world. However, the author has broken that silence to share with his readers his experience as a writer and as a reader. Based on authors such as Kafka, Chandler, Dostoevsky or Hemingway, Murakami reflects on literature, on imagination, on literary prizes and on the sometimes controversial figure of the writer. In addition, he provides ideas and suggestions for all those who have ever faced the challenge of writing: what to write about? How to prepare a plot? What habits and rituals does he follow himself? But in this close text, full of freshness, delicious and highly personal, readers will discover, above all, what Haruki Murakami is like: the man, the person, and they will have privileged access to the “workshop” of one of the most widely read writers of our time.

Delinquent writers

The connection between writing and crime has been widely documented since the 20th century. Here are some examples

The connection between writing and crime has been widely documented since the 20th century. Here are some examples

Jean Genet

French (1910-1986). Vagabond, thief and hustler; He exhibited the most stark of his homosexual carnal desire. The author of ‘Diary of the thief’, ‘Querelle de Brest’, ‘The maids’, ‘A captive in love’ and ‘The man sentenced to death’ made a religion of crime. He had up to ten consecutive convictions.

Anne Perry

English born in 1938. When she was 16 years old, she planned and executed with her friend Pauline the murder of her mother. They smashed his skull with a brick. He did not want to go back to his past until the film ‘Celestial Creatures’ (1994), by Peter Jackson, unearthed the distant and painful process (on these lines, a frame)

Jack Henry Abbot

American (1944-2002). The best example of the tension between criminal drives and creative capacity. Author of ‘In the belly of the beast’. He captivated Norman Mailer, who helped him get parole. But he killed a waiter, went back to the cell and committed suicide.

Hugh collins

This Scotsman had a long history of alcohol, drugs and stabbing, although only one murder could be proven. He discovered writing and sculpture in a reintegration program, thanks to which he was able to leave prison after 15 years in prison. He published his first book, ‘Autobiography of a Murderer’, in 1998, six years after his release.

William S. Burroughs

American (1914-1997). One of the great authors who made the crime a sign of identity. Politoxicoman, addicted to heroin and weapons, and homosexual -when it was a crime- who did not hide his pedophile fantasies. Member of the ‘beat’ generation and countercultural reference. He killed his wife with a strange shot.

Jack black

Born in Vancouver (Canada) in 1871; raised in Missouri (USA). He died in 1932, supposedly committed suicide. Another criminal writer who never sought to justify himself and who left us an important fictionalized autobiography, “You never win.” In it he criticizes the criminal life, but also the prison system. It is, above all, a hymn to freedom.

Chester himes

African American writer who was born in Missouri in 1909 and died in Alicante in 1984. Famous for his crime novels with racial conflict as the protagonist. His life on the edge of the abyss – theft, games and homophobia – marked his youth. In the end he entered prison for armed robbery. The letters allowed him to fly from the cell.

Frederic beigbeder

French born in 1965. Representative of the writer who flirts with the dark side of life – dark but ‘light’ – as a promotion in the media and at celebrity parties. He worked in advertising and has known how to use curse as ‘marketing’. Thus, he has taken advantage of the 48 hours he spent in prison in 2008 for possession of cocaine.