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Juan Vidal

Juan Vidal appears in the following:

100 Years After Jack London's Death, Hearing His Call

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Jack London died 100 years ago this week, worn out from drink, disease and overwork — but he left behind a prolific body of work that considers the vast scope of human experience and suffering.

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From Pamplona, With Love: 'The Sun Also' Turns 90

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ernest Hemingway's masterful first novel came out 90 years ago today; the story of aimless American expatriates drinking, fighting and falling in and out of love is regarded as one of his best works.

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A Cartoonist Confronts The Power Of His Pen In 'Reputations'

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's new novel centers on a respected and feared political cartoonist whose past comes back to haunt him after he receives a threatening letter. It's a powerful, concentrated work.

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Off The Campaign Trail, Onto The Gridiron: 5 Sports Books For Fall

Sunday, September 18, 2016

If you're tired of political competition, there's always athletic competition. And if your team stinks, we can offer sympathy and a selection of the year's best books about sports to ease the sting.

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Friday Reads: Five Rings, Five Books For Rio

Friday, August 05, 2016

You might be forgiven for knowing only one Brazilian author — Paulo Coelho dominates the charts. But we've got five more great, overlooked Brazilian reads for you to kick off the Rio Games with.

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'Multiple Choice' Is A) A Novel, B) In Test Form, C) Fascinating, D) All Of The Above

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Alejandro Zambra's playful new novel is fashioned in the format of Chile's Academic Aptitude Test, the standardized exam high school students there take — complete with multiple choice questions.

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The Future Of Cuban Sci-Fi Is 'Super Extra Grande'

Saturday, June 11, 2016

In Super Extra Grande, Cuban sci-fi author Yoss imagines a world where faster-than-light travel has brought humanity into contact with a vast array of strange and marvelous intergalactic creatures.

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Muhammad Ali: A Poet In And Out Of The Ring

Monday, June 06, 2016

"The Louisville Lip" was famously as fast with his words as with his fists — years before the birth of hip hop, he was a battle rapper flipping similes and metaphors in a language all his own.

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Madness And A Search For Healing In 'Albina And The Dog-Men'

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Alejandro Jodorowsky's hallucinatory new novel follows two women on the run — one suffering from a monstrous affliction. Though disturbing in places, it has the feel of an ancient fireside tale.

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You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Returning to a book you've read before can feel like getting a drink with an old friend. But even though the book's the same, you yourself may have changed — and that's what makes rereading so rich.

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A Diamond As Big As The Fitz: 75 Years Later, F. Scott Fitzgerald Shines On

Monday, December 21, 2015

I first came across the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald through his collection Six Tales of the Jazz Age and Other Stories. The slim volume, with its bright purple cover, called to me from the cluttered end cap of a secondhand bookshop. I cracked it open, sat, and read through ...

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A Motley Crew On A Wild Pilgrimage In 'Sophia'

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Oftentimes the most provocative stories are the ones that bridge the holy and the profane, that mesh the intellectual and the spiritual to arrive at a form of truth. And in fiction, as in life, truth can come in many forms.

In Sophia, the slim novel by Michael Bible, this ...

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Happy (?) Birthday, Gregor Samsa: 'The Metamorphosis' Turns 100

Sunday, October 25, 2015

When I was 17, my mother sent me to live with some relatives in South America for a year. I'd been screwing up royally and my antics were becoming difficult for her to manage as a struggling single mother of three. She'd been threatening for a long time to ship ...

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These 3 'Judges' Are On The Hunt For Justice

Thursday, October 08, 2015

The past several years have seen something of a resurgence of European crime fiction in the United States. It's no secret that the genre is massive overseas, in Scandinavia and especially France, where roughly one in five books sold is a crime novel. The success of books like Alex, ...

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See The Pope On A Slice Of Toast? It's Perfectly Normal, Really

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The U.S. is in a frenzy over Pope Francis. And with the pontiff visiting Philadelphia on Saturday, vendors there are ready with commemorative memorabilia – including, as we've reported, a toaster that burns the pontiff's image onto bread.

That's all tongue in cheek, of course, but reports of people ...

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A Master Class In Journalism From A 1930s-Era Workaholic

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Many writers have done some of their best work under threatening and even hostile circumstances: James Baldwin worked tirelessly during the tensions of the civil rights movement; Roberto Bolaño wrote his masterpiece 2666 under looming sickness and death. Joseph Roth, the Austrian journalist and novelist, sketched a portrait of his ...

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The Blazing World Of Clarice Lispector, In 'Complete Stories'

Saturday, August 15, 2015

In 1948, Clarice Lispector wrote a moving letter to her sister Tania, offering some pointed advice: "Have the courage to transform yourself," she wrote, "to do what you desire." It's a fairly simple exhortation, and yet I wonder how many people can't manage it, how many squander their entire lives, ...

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Savor The Quiet Sweetness Of 'The Blue Girl'

Sunday, July 19, 2015

In her debut novel Ex Utero, Laurie Foos tells the story of a woman who misplaces her uterus at a shopping mall, "somewhere between the shoe store and the lingerie counter." After her womb goes missing her husband feels utterly lost, and others are quick to deem her careless. While ...

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Baldwin And Bridges: Two Artists, Two Debuts, One Fire

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Every so often, an artist comes along who simply resonates. They show up and fill a particular void in our cultural consciousness, whether in prose, song or film. They tap into something that feels especially new, and at times transcendent.

Leon Bridges is one of those artists. The 25-year-old crooner ...

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Words Made Flesh: Literature And The Language Of Prayer

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lately, my prayers have become a form of artistic expression: Carefully chosen words, praise reports like songs, and sometimes pissed-off pronouncements entwined with polite requests that I please not screw something up. This season of life has required thoughtful consideration of even my private devotional time — and that makes ...

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