domingo, 11 de septiembre de 2011

Aquella librería bajo las Torres Gemelas




Ahora que las librerías Borders son cosa del pasado (han cerrado quinientas de ellas y las últimas caerán a finales de este mes), un recuerdo para una sucursal, la del World Trade Center, en Nueva York, que desapareció el 11 de septiembre de 2001 como consecuencia de los ataques terroristas.

4 comentarios:

J.L. Ordóñez dijo...

Nunca llega a visitar esa librería... pero justo el día anterior tuve ocasión de ver las Torres desde el aire, cuando cogí el vuelo de regreso a Madrid.

John Julius Reel dijo...

I bought a hardcover copy of Jesus's Son in that bookstore, then lost the copy when I gave it to a student to read. It was one of my regular stops when I'd go into the "city" from Staten Island to make my rounds of bookstores once every couple of weeks. Then everything was blown bits and I haven't thought of that bookstore since. Thanks for the photo and for scaring some ghosts out of the dark corners of my mind.

John Julius Reel dijo...

I ran into Eduardo Jordá last weekend, and I told him I’d met you in the library. I remembered that I said I’d get back to you about the author of Jesus’ Son. It’s Denis Johnson. He’s as much a poet as he is a short-story writer and novelist. I think he’s one of the most consistently interesting writers on the contemporary American literary scene. Jesus’ Son is tiny, but it’s a masterpiece. He wrote it in the early 90’s. It’ll be hard for him to ever match it. A ton of young American writers try and fail to imitate it. But Johnson has moved on. According to people who know about these things, he’s one of the standard-bearers of so-called Catholic fiction in the States. You’d never know it, unless you knew to look for it. He writes from the perspective of the confused sinner, more bewildered than edified by his faith. Anyway, he’s been translated to Spanish, at least Jesus’ Son has been. I wonder if the stylishness of his prose has been communicated. Whoever translates that book is up against it.

If you’re interested in America, specifically New York City, and how it compares and contrasts with Seville and Spain, take a look at La Sevilla del guiri (blogs.grupojoly.com/la-sevilla-del-guiri/). I wrote it for a year, 50 articles in Diario de Sevilla, then stopped, and now have started up again, in print and on line. I was glad to meet you.

Antonio Rivero Taravillo dijo...

Thanks a million, John. I haven't read anything by Johnson, but what you say about him is most interesting and makes me curious. And I'll pay a visit to la Sevilla del guiri on line. I was glad to meet you too.