Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Bloom and Shakespeare

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 02 Mar 2009

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    Manuel Vasquez Montalban is an absolute must and one of my all time favorites (since some of you are going into the ³best of..² mode.... Listed as #26 in the Times UK list... Check :\zquez_Montalb\n check:

    Books in English to be found in used bookstores...

    ....and there are other Spanish writers of course...

    Good hunting...it¹s very very much worth it...


    On 3/2/09 5:13 PM, "Gonzalo Baeza" <> wrote:

    > Speaking of which, I'm reading a history of Spain's crime fiction and,
    > just like you point out, their genre offerings in the first half of
    > the 20th century were heavily influenced by France and, to a lesser
    > extent, the British procedural. Fortunately, most of these is no
    > longer true. It seems Spanish crime fiction is going through a very
    > creative period with numerous new writers and titles. It'd be
    > interesting to see if any of them are eventually translated.
    > --- In <> ,
    > "jacquesdebierue"
    > <jacquesdebierue@...> wrote:
    >> >
    >> > On the subject of Shakespeare, there was huge cross-fertilization
    >> > (stealing, imitating, getting inspiration from) between the Italians,
    >> > the Spaniards and the English. These guys were very aware of what the
    >> > others were doing. An age of tremendous creativity, no question. The
    >> > great Spanish century was followed by fussiness and a Baroque style
    >> > that eventually became ridiculous (Baltasar Gracián, for example), and
    >> > then from bad to worse until the late nineteenth century and then a
    >> > couple of great generations of poets and novelists. By then, in fact
    >> > since long before, the influence of France was overwhelming on Spanish
    >> > literature, and there was also a fair amount of German influence.
    >> > Literary ties with England were pretty much nonexistent. The
    >> > spectacular rebirth in the twentieth century of literature in Spanish
    >> > happened in Latin America, where most of the great writers were and
    >> > are from. And those guys were heavily influenced by Faulkner and
    >> > Hemingway, not so much by European or even Spanish models (there are
    >> > notable exceptions, like Borges, Bioy and Alejo Carpentier).
    >> >
    >> > An interesting early noir writer is Argentinean Roberto Arlt, despised
    >> > in his day for "writing ugly" but later considered a classic, with his
    >> > reputation growing.
    >> >
    >> > Best,
    >> >
    >> > mrt
    >> >

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