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  • Libreria will be slamming a stall at @bookslam this Wednesday, and what a line-up – including Nick Clegg, Matthew d’Ancona, Misha Glenny & Deanna Rodger – Come say Hi! @penguinliveuk #BrexitBullshitBadshit #bookslam #londonbookshops #posttruth

  • We continue celebrating #internationalwomensday by our spoken word night on Tuesday 13th March, collaborating with #heforsheartsweek
    There wil be a colourful line-up phenomenal poetry and lively spoken word to raise awareness for @unwomen

  • Perhaps ‘the’ avant-garde figure of modern French literature, Apollinaire is one of the top picks from our guest shelf curated by the pioneer gallerist from London, Hannah Barry. She has particularly flagged Calligrammes as one of her favourite poems of all time. We sent the book out to our Libreria Curation subscribers on January. Sign up today to find out what our pick is for March. #oxfordclassics #bookgram #poetry #booksubscription

  • Our Risograph printing workshop is back by popular demand! Book your tickets through link in bio and get inky with Libreria on 17-March-2018 #thingstodoinlondon #printmaking #workshoplondon #risographprinting

  • Looking for your next #lgbthistorymonth read? Check out our #lgbtq #mustreads. #londonbookshops #queerlondon #bookgram

  • What makes satire bite?
    Join us tomorrow evening in asking two short-form fiction writers, David Hayden & James Miller, to give insight on this delicate art.
    Book your tickets to Sculpting Satire – link in bio.
    #londonevents #writinglife #bookshop #writinglondon

  • The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes A highly wrought meditation on ageing, memory and regret that takes you through an enchantingly uncomfortable interrogation of reality over time.
    Justine Jordan reviews the book for the Gaurdian: “Barnes is brutally incisive on the diminishments of age: now that the sense of his own ending is coming into focus, Tony (the narrator) apprehends that “the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss”, that he has already experienced the first death: that of the possibility of change.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #manbookerprize #philosophyoftime

  • Felt Time – Marc Wittmann
    Drawing on the latest research from psychology and neuroscience, Marc Wittmann explores the riddle of subjective time, explaining our perception of this—whether moment by moment, or in terms of life as a whole.
    Simon Ings reviews the book for the New Scientist: “As unhurried and efficient as an ophthalmologist arriving at a prescription by placing different lenses before the eye, Wittmann reveals, chapter by chapter, how our view through that 3-second chink is shaped by anxiety, age, boredom, appetite and feeling.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #philosophyoftime #physics

  • Rave on – Matthew Collin
    Electronic dance music was once the utopian frontier of pop culture – but three decades after the acid house ‘summer of love’, it has gone from its subcultural roots to a global mainstream industry worth an estimated $7.1bn a year.
    Victoria Segal writes for Times – “Part history lesson, part vibrant dance-floor travelogue, Collin’s smart geographical survey shows how club culture mutates and adapts, its meaning changing between Detroit, Durban and the conspicuously consuming Dubai. Participants at New York’s venerable drag balls, for example, don’t share much with the “steroidal bros” punching the air at Las Vegas’s Electric Daisy Carnival. South Africa’s Gqom (dark, distorted sounds pieced together on pirated software) would probably fail in Shanghai, where dance music’s soul is up for grabs between underground pioneers, naked corporate interests and the government, who released a hip-hop mix of President Xi Jinping’s soundbites titled The Reform Group is Two Years Old.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #electronicmusic #raveculture #rave

  • Energy Flash – Simon Reynolds

    A journey through rave and dance culture, Simon Reynolds explores the origins of rave music – chronicling its major influence on 1990s pop he demonstrates how its radical nature made music history.
    Boojie Baker reviewed this updated version, when it was published last June for Magnetic magazine: “Examining the music as well as the drugs, Reynolds traces how Chicago house and Detroit techno catalyzed the rave and “Madchester” ferment of 1988-90, then follows the music into the early-1990s. It surveys the confusion of post-rave styles and scenes: jungle, electronica, drum and bass, trance, trip hop and Big Beat. The book also looks at the role of Ecstasy in the dance-and-drug culture. Mixing personal reminiscence with interviews (Paul Oakenfold, Derrick May, Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Orbital, The Prodigy, Goldie, DJ Shadow and many more) and ultra-vivid description of the underground’s ever-changing sounds as they mutated under the influence of MDMA and other drugs, “Energy Flash” is a chronicle of electronic dance culture.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #electronicmusic #raveculture #rave

  • Guapa – Saleem Hadad

    Saleem Hadad’s debut novel, is a strikingly poignant and uncomfortable look at the psychological cost of conformity, the politics of shame, and what it might mean to be true to oneself.
    Eman Elshaikh reviews the book for Muftah: “Guapa undeniably enriches our understanding of the queer Arab subject, but it is also so much more than just a meditation on queerness in the Arab world. It shows us that identities are not static, that they emerge dynamically and meaningfully, as needed: Rasa is queer in the Arab world, but becomes Arab when he is in America. The revolution taking place in his country discards these identities when they are cumbersome and sharpens them when they are vital to its success, in the process revealing how uprisings are extremely promiscuous instruments of social organization and identity formation.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #queerficiton #Guapa

  • Under Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta

    Following Okparanta’s ongoing commitment to chronicling the lives of gay and lesbian people in Nigeria, Under Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly, taking inspiration from Nigeria’s folktales.

    Lucy Popescu writes about the book in FT: “Chinelo Okparanta’s remarkable debut novel tackles big issues. It begins with a powerful indictment of Nigeria’s ethnic tensions and the violence of the Biafran war, and continues as a compelling meditation on a patriarchal, God-fearing society and the brutal suppression of same-sex relationships. It is also timely. In January 2014, Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s then president, approved legislation criminalising gay groups and public shows of same-sex affection. It was already illegal to have gay sex in Nigeria but now same-sex couples face up to 14 years in prison. In the northern states, the punishment is death by stoning.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #queerficiton

  • Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

    This is a passionate account of the struggle to understand and encode masculinity, sexuality, belonging and time; all of which is precisely layered in Baldwin’s hypnotic lyricism.
    In an article for Gaurdian, Garth Greenwell describes Givionni’s room as “a book about an American stripped of the myths of America, most of all the story we love to tell ourselves about the possibility of new beginnings and clean starts – that is to say, the impossibility of anything irrevocable ever happening to us. But now something has happened to David that can never be made right and from which he can’t simply walk away. And this is the most important justification for how Baldwin uses time in the novel: now David’s past will always be his present.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #queerficiton #Jamesbaldwin

  • The Confusion of Young Torless – Robert Musil
    Dwelling on the dark, irrational undercurrents of humanity, a century later Musil’s first novel still retains its shocking, prophetic power.

    Sarah Gilmartin reviews the book for the Irish Times: “Musil’s debut novel is an interesting commentary on the nature of power. This early modernist work sees Törless drift from interior monologue to dreamlike sequences to the horrors of life in a boarding school where punishment is meted out by the pupils. School fiction not for the faint hearted.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #modernistfiction #oxfordsworldclassics #musil

  • Noccilla Dream – Agustín Fernández Mallo

    We chose Agustín Fernández Mallo’s debut novel as our special December ‘Hot Pick’ for our subscribers. An example of contemporary Spanish literature at its finest.
    Andrew Gallix’s review in the Independent explains how “by juxtaposing fiction with non-fiction – more than 20 chapters are lifted verbatim from extraneous works – the author has created a hybrid genre that mirrors our networked lives” and hence he describes the book as “estrange theorems into pure poetry.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #modernistfiction #fitzcarraldo #spanishliterature

  • South and West – Joan Didion
    Not only a resolute tour of 1970s America in great prose, but also an intimate look at Didion’s writing process.
    In the Guardian review of the book, Peter Conrad explains how “Didion sees the south as a metaphorical landscape, America’s heart of darkness. In the west, the frontier ethic erased history and equalised people, but the south remains colonial, obsessed with disparities of “race, class, heritage”. Wilderness on the western plains and in the mountains is redemptive; in the south it is rank, malevolent, encroaching everywhere”, and through this Didion shares with us fears that “are more pertinent now than they were almost 50 years ago when she jotted them down”. #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #christmasgifts #giftme #giftbooks #didion

  • River Cafe 30 – Ruth Rogers, Sian Wyn Owen, Joseph Trivelli, Rose Gray

    A beautiful cookbook of recipes that Ruth Rogers and her respective head-chefs – Joseph Trivelli and Sian Wyn Owen – have judiciously compiled to celebrate 30 years of memories and good food at London’s The River Cafe.

    Alexander Gilmour explain in FT that “It is 22 years since The River Cafe Cook Book, their first, was published. There have been 11 subsequent books, but this is the first since Gray (one of the co-founder of the river cafe restaurant) died”. HE asks Ruth ”Was it nostalgic? “No, we tried not to be.” It has four authors: Rogers, Gray, Sian Wyn Owen and Joseph Trivelli, two head chefs at The River Cafe. “It wasn’t just me doing a book without Rose,” says Rogers. “It was all of us — and it is Rose’s book, because she did 90 of the recipes.” They have taken 90 recipes from the first book and added 40 that are new.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #christmasgifts #giftme #giftbooks #rivercafe #italianfood

  • Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
    An ultimately rewarding if difficult read – written in phonetically reproduced Edinburgh dialect the novel follows a group of heroin addicts, with the odd alcoholic and psycho thrown in. Abhorrently dark, and raw to the core.

    Nicholas Lezard reviews the book for the independent “The real nastiness of the book, or the aspect that should make most people uncomfortable, is its depiction of the gulf that exists between the working class and most of the people reading this newspaper. Trainspotting gives the lie to any cosy notions of a classless society”. #libreriarecommends #libtryptich

  • Choke – Chuck Palahniuk

    A darkly comic meditation on the personal history of a sex-addict. A vital study.
    Marion Winik reviews the book in the Newsday: “Few contemporary writers mix the outrageous and the hilarious with greater zest. . . . Chuck Palahniuk’s splenetic, anarchic glee makes him a worthy heir to Ken Kesey”. #libreriarecommends #libtryptich

  • Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing

    This fantastic survey on who is writing about what gives real insight into the rich cultural conversations bubbling through Russian society today.

    Art Agenda website wrote this review to celebrate its publication: “In this book, many of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, writers, philosophers, curators and historians come together to examine the region’s various movements of contemporary art, culture, and theory, from communism, cosmism and conceptualism to past and future futures”

    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #contemporaryrussia #artagenda #wewillpersevere

  • Degas and His Model – Alice Michel

    This slim volume debunks the myth that looking is a one-way activity. It’s funny, shocking, wry, and a hidden gem in our ‘Ways of Seeing’ section.

    Jeff Nagy discusses Michel’s sharp eyed portrait of the Parisian art-world for The Paris Review: “Whoever Michel was, she left us, if not a first-, then at least a secondhand view not only on Degas’s late work but on the work of the model herself. As interviews with models published by turn-of-the-century journalists like Alfred Dollfus and Marie Laparcerie demonstrate, no matter where you posed, the work was guaranteed to be precarious: the winter high season alternated with months of unemployment when commissions fell off and artists left Paris for their country homes.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #davidzwirnerbooks #parisreview #revengeisbestservedinprint

  • Nine Parts of Desire – Geraldine Brooks

    Subtitled ‘The Hidden World of Islamic Women’, these perspective altering essays will leave you angrier, wiser and much better informed.
    Here is an extract from ‘Kirkus’ review: “A well-crafted, absorbing account of Islamic women’s lives as seen through the eyes of a secular-minded, Australian-born feminist journalist. Wall Street Journal Middle East correspondent Brooks describes with sensitivity and clarity her conversations and relationships with Islamic women, from the blue-jean-clad, American-born queen of Jordan to a devout Palestinian who shares her abusive husband with another woman in a four-room hovel with 14 children.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #geraldinebrooks #womenofislam #yesallwomen

  • Your Silence will not Protect You – Audre Lorde

    This new collection of Lorde’s writings could be interpreted as a direct response to current events. Reminding us all that :“it is better to speak, remembering, we were never meant to survive”

    RO Kwon reviews the collection in The Guardian: “Lorde seems prophetic, perhaps alive right now, writing in and about the US of 2017 in which a misogynist with white supremacist followers is president. But she was born in 1934, published her first book of poetry in 1968, and died in 1992. Black, lesbian and feminist; the child of immigrant parents; poet and essayist, writer and activist, Lorde knew about harbouring multitudes.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #audrelorde #guardianreviews #fineandfierce #yesallwomen

  • Public Library – Ali Smith
    This inventive collection of stories reminds us that public libraries are places of joy, freedom, community and discovery. A timely nudge – more so when we are witnessing widespread closures and funding cuts across the UK and further afield.
    Lucy Scholes reviews the book for independent: “Actual books are a fairly key feature in Smith’s volume; actual libraries, on the other hand, are not. The first thing to note about this audacious, distinctly Smithian – clever, mischievous, full of linguistic tricks and tics – and hugely entertaining collection is the absence of the titular story. On first glance, it’s a simple and effective case of art imitating the very real life disappearance of these places across the country. But their story is still there, lurking between the lines like the music hidden “behind the spine, the place where the pages were bound was lined with it, notes and staves all the way down the place where the name of the book had been,” in an old tome in the story ‘The poet’.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #alismith #publiclibraries

  • The Total Library – Jorge Luis Borges
    A book as vast as Borges’ life and mind. A writer close to our hearts at Libreria and whose imagination/influence is in many ways reflected in our unique architecture.
    In a Gaurdian review, Alberto Manguel writes “Whoever has not yet read these essays, has a wealth of wonders in store. A single example must suffice. Confronted with the problem of whether Count Ugolino did or did not devour his children in the dreadful tower to which Dante confines him in the fourth canto of the Inferno, Borges concludes: ‘In real time, in history, whenever a man is confronted with several alternatives, he chooses one and eliminates and loses the others. Such is not the case in the ambiguous time of art, which is similar to that of hope and oblivion. In that time, Hamlet is sane and is mad.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #nonfiction #essaycollection

  • Yrsa Daley-Ward – Bone “If you are walking down a aisle with a dim fluorescent hue
    By the tinned fish and canned beans
    Stir lighting above, cracked tiles beneath
    With the realisation that most things are futile
    And get the sudden urge to end it all

    Don’t stop. Call a friend”
    Above is Yrsa reminding us of the importance of reaching out in difficult times in her poem ‘Mental Health’. Eve Barlow in the Guardian writes about this book: “Daley-Ward’s debut collection of poetry, Bone, is anything but introverted. Aptly titled, it’s a visceral read candidly documenting her religious upbringing, sexuality and mental-health battles – an uncomfortable, uninhibited read.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #mentalhealthawareness #bone

  • The promise of Happiness – Sara Ahmed
    In this book Ahmed analyses the regulatory power of “the promise of happiness”, arguing that happiness, much more than a psychological attribute, is nowadays used as a moral imperative to ‘restore’ the natural goodness of the so called normative family, community, state, or nation, attributing unhappiness to other particular bodies and identities: “the feminist killjoy”, “the unhappy queer” and the “melancholic migrant.”
    Sean Grattan writes about the book in Social Text: “Ahmed’s language is a joy, and her work on each case study is filled with insight and rigor as she doggedly traces the social networks of dominance concealed and congealed around happiness.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #mentalhealthawareness

  • Blitz – Norman Ohler

    This book reveals the shocking extent to which the Third Reich was riddled with hardcore drugs, from Hitler to the ordinary German citizen, and the major role certain methamphetamines like Pervitin, played in the war.
    Dagmar Herzog states in the review of the book for the New york times that “the strengths of Ohler’s account lies not only in the rich array of rare documents he mines and the archival images he reproduces to accompany the text, but also in his character studies”, characters such as Otto F. Ranke, the head of the Research Institute of Defense Physiology, or central to the book Theodor Morell, Hitler’s private physician.
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #Blitz #Normanohler

  • Periodic Table – Primo Levi

    For our August Guest Curation subscription, we chose this beautiful marriage of life and science, which follows the rhythm of the the Periodic Table. These micro- masterpieces collectively paint a picture of isolation, grief, joy and redemption – telling the story of a young chemist at the beginning Second World War.

    Tim Radford shares his experience reading Periodic Table in Guardian: “You cannot, in a book that invokes Auschwitz, fascism and the reconstruction of a devastated continent, disentangle the human drama from the science, but each time I read The Periodic Table I also discover myself marvelling at the excitement locked in obdurate and mundane matter and the chemist’s attempts to transmute it into something new, and fresh, and potent: whoever would have thought that tin could preserve such secrets, that industrial varnish could be so thrilling?” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #periodictable #primolevi

  • The Mediterranean in History – David Abulafia

    This richly illustrated book looks at various epochs in Mediterranean history, describing how different groups have interacted with one another across the sea, enjoying commercial and political ties as well as sharing ideas and religious beliefs from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
    Rochelle Caviness reviews the book for History in review in 2003: “The information presented in this text will enthrall general readers as well as historians. The text is authoritative, yet easily accessible to non-scholars. Reading this text will provide you with a general overview of the history of Mediterranean Region. More importantly, it will provide you with the necessary background information to gain an understanding of the intricate interactions between the various peoples and cultures that developed around the Mediterranean sea. This information will also allow you to understand how the political, religious, and cultural institutions in the region developed. In addition, it shows how the geographical aspects of the region influence these developments.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #Mediterraneanhistory #Mediterraneansea

  • Lanzarote – Michel Houellebecq

    For our August Hot Pick we escorted Michel Houellebecq’s unnamed character on his one week package to Lanzarote, a holiday that is both nightmare and nirvana.
    Nicholas Blincoe reviews Lanzarote in Telegraph: “Houellebecq counters airy intellectualism with a mordant common sense. He opposes the wilder forms of permissiveness with his own honest, self-deprecating libertarianism. In short, he offers nothing very different to, say, the late Auberon Waugh. True, Waugh championed the rights of the drinker and the smoker against political orthodoxy, while Houellebecq is more interested in the chronic masturbator and sexual obsessive. Yet there is a common philosophical ground here.” #Lanzarote #libreriarecommends #libtryptich

  • Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter – Mario Vargas Llosa

    This triptych of interwoven stories that explores Peru in the 1970s is a masterwork of comic realism.

    Sean Carmen reviews it for The Rumpus: “The novel’s three stories all work perfectly against each other. At first, the sensational radio serials are more captivating than the “real” story they interrupt. But as Mario’s romance with Aunt Julia blossoms, as he makes slow progress on the stories he writes in his spare time, and as the scriptwriter Pedro Camacho drifts into insanity, producing increasingly bizarre serial episodes that threaten to unravel his grand narrative enterprise, the “real” story becomes more powerful than the intercut melodramas. It all adds up to an entertaining romantic comedy that doubles as a sly treatment on the storyteller’s art.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #rumpusreviews #vargasllosa #peruviantales

  • Pedro Paramo – Juan Rulfo

    Sparse, spooky and haunting. Juan Rulfo conjures a lost world of Mexican beauty and wanderlust.

    Suhayl Saadi explains why Pedro Paramo is his book of a lifetime: “Redolent of the hallucinatory work of Poe, Lovecraft, Bulgakov, Laxness, Burroughs and perhaps Faulkner, this fluid, Dantean “Mexican Gothic” tale is part socio-historical commentary, part transformative song. Rulfo’s immigration job took him all over southern Mexico. He was an excellent photographer and later he became publishing director of the National Indigenist Institute. His is a text in which meaning is subsumed into an architecture of shadows and whispers, and into the ebb and flow of the vernacular.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #independentreviews #lostmexico #juanrulfo

  • Black Panther – World of Wakanda : Ta Nehisi-Coates & Roxane Gay

    In the fourth in the ‘World of Wakanda’ series the partnership of Ta Nehisi-Coates and Roxane Gay makes for heros, villains and arcing stories we can’t put down.

    Here Osvaldo Oyola reviews the first Black Panther comic for the LA Review of Books: “Instead of playing second fiddle to white characters, as black superheroes have most often had to do, Coates’s Black Panther shares the title both with a range of black women (like his mother Ramonda and his renegade female bodyguards, the Dora Milaje) and sympathetic opponents whose resistance to the autocratic rule of the Black Panther stems from a desire for a more democratic nation. While problematic legacy characters like rival tribal chieftain Man-Ape also appear, they are soon removed from the game to make room for more nuanced black characters with more complex motivations.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #loveforcomics #worldofwakanda #lareviewofbooks

  • Here – Richard Mcguire

    At the other end of the comic spectrum we have Mcguire’s gorgeous and wordless meditation on the passage of time. A book to gaze at and gaze in to.

    Dwight Garner explores Mcguire’s cinematic eye for the New York Times: “There’s a lot of marrow in this unusual volume’s bones. It’s the story of the corner of a single room, which does not sound at all promising. Corners of rooms are where children are sent when they are being loathsome. What Mr. McGuire does with this corner, though, is moving and mind-expanding. From this single vantage point, in painterly images, he moves back and forth in time, like a man sifting through a box of photographs taken from the same motionless camera.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #loveforcomics #newyorktimesreviews #ifthesewallscouldtalk

  • Guns Germs Steel – Jared Diamond

    Diamond skillfully combines biology, ecology and geography in this brilliant book that offers a new way to look at the past and the future of humans.
    Here’s how William H. McNeill was inspired by Diamond’s book: “Guns, Germs, and Steel is an artful, informative, and delightful book, full of surprises for a historian like myself who is unaccustomed to examining the human record from the vantage point of New Guinea and Australia, as Jared Diamond has set out to do. […] No matter: there is nothing like a radically new angle of vision for bringing out unsuspected dimensions of a subject, and that is what Jared Diamond has done.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #Jareddiamond #thehistoryofeveryone #ilovelearning
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  • Black Hole Blues – Janna Levin

    One of our favourite popular science books, Levin recounts in poetic prose a journey of cosmological discovery and the quest to detect gravitational waves.

    Richard Lea puts this mammoth task into perspective in his review for the TLS “The chances of finding yourself within earshot of two colliding black holes are remote, but then the universe is very big. It’s so big that – as long as you’re prepared to wait a little – you can expect a pair of black holes to collide somewhere in this vast expanse while you listen. And the final stages of this collapse are so very loud that – if you listen with sensitive enough equipment – you can expect to hear it. The disturbance may have travelled at light speed across space for a billion years, Levin continues, spreading out until “the din of the crash is imperceptibly faint. Fainter than that. Quieter than can be described with conventional superlatives”. Black Hole Blues is a book-length attempt to reach beyond those superlatives and describe a fifty-year project to spot these minute traces, a project that culminated with the discovery of gravitational waves this February. It is a story of the very big and the very small – you need a huge machine to detect a tiny signal.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #jannalevin #blackholeblues #theworldismyclassroom
    Background image credit: Wang Quinsong

  • Say Something Back: Denise Riley

    For the April Guest Curation we took a leaf out of Max Porter’s literary book. Porter’s selection was so wide ranging and rich it was a hard choice, but Riley’s poems were a revelation and a delight.

    Fiona Sampson writing in the Guardian pinpoints the beauty of Riley’s work: “Perhaps Riley’s most disorienting poem is ‘Cardiomyopathy’, which places the book’s narrator and her son in a new, radical relationship. ‘Unlovely meaty thing, a heart unlikeliest / ‘seat of the affections’’ it starts, pulling no punches, before going on to imagine the young man’s final fatal arrhythmia. Later, the poet admits: ‘But you’ll go on with your dead, / go on as far as you can’. This beautiful, strange book goes further than we knew was possible.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #libreriasubscriptions #guestcuration #maxporter #deniseriley

  • Risograph printed sketchbook

    Our subscription services give you the opportunity to engage with the wonderful world of literature without even leaving your home. Let us show you something we love, and learn what books make some of the world’s most important thinkers tick, both packages will surprise, delight and inform.

    Both subscriptions are wrapped and posted out so you receive your package at the start of every month. The Hot Pick even comes with in-house designed risograph extras and wrapped in specially printed paper. Get in touch at hello@libreria.io if you want to know any more details.

    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #libreriasubscriptions #hotpick #guestcuration #risographjoy

  • Beyond a Boundary: CLR James

    For the July Guest Curation award winning author and expert in international law, Philippe Sands, chose us this celebrated biography of cricket. This fascinating book explores so much more than just the nuances of the sport, and you’ll find yourself more informed and inspired for having read it.

    Writing in the Guardian Selma James explains just how important her late husband’s book was and the continuing impact it has on sport: “It was a book CLR had to write. He understood the game, he believed, in ways most experts did not and could not. He considered himself more scrupulous about the game’s technique and how it grappled with team dynamics, skills, players’ concentration and the psychological war between batsman and bowler, batsman and fielders. And he saw the game not only as it was played but as it was lived – and for West Indians that meant first of all a colonial society stratified by race and class. His unblinking description of the shades of status among cricket clubs cuts like glass.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #guardianreviews #idontlikecricket #ilovelit #libreriasubscriptions #guestcuration

  • Treat Yourself

    Our subscription services give you the opportunity to engage with the wonderful world of literature without even leaving your home. Let us show you something we love, or learn which books make some of the world’s most important thinkers tick, both packages will surprise, delight and inform.

    Both subscriptions are wrapped and posted out so you receive your package at the start of every month. The Hot Pick even comes with in-house designed risograph extras and wrapped in specially printed paper. Get in touch at hello@libreria.io if you want to know any more details.

    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #libreriasubscriptions #hotpick #guestcuration #risographjoy

  • Anthropocene or Capitalocene: Jason W. Moore (ed.) The essays in this collection are definitely not comfortable reads, but they are important and go a long way toward diversifying the climate change conversations.

    This write-up for the Marx & Philosophy Review of Books praises the complexity of the arguments: “The essays in Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Provide an invaluable contribution to the debate over what we should call this strange new epoch, wrought by centuries of capitalist depredations upon our biosphere. As these ecosocialists so ably tell us, from their individual perspectives, that humanity’s best hope to save the planet (and its species, including our own) relies on finding ways to replace an unsustainable Capitalocene with socialist relations of production and consumption.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #donnaharaway #marxreviews #readingforthefuturegeneration

  • Staying with the Trouble: Donna Haraway

    An important book for our times that explores the link between gender politics and ecosocialism. All written in Haraway’s deliciously eccentric prose.
    This review in the ArtReview summarises Haraway’s main concerns: “Attacking ‘bounded individualism’, but acknowledging that population control has historically been led with ‘the interests of biopolitical states more in view than the well-being of women and their people’, her argument is brave and persuasive: we can be as ‘green’ as we like, but with the current estimate of a world human population of 11 billion by the end of the twenty-first century, it’s not going to make much diff’erence. Instead – and given Haraway’s interest in language, it perhaps comes as no surprise that she encapsulates her solution in an elegant catchphrase – she pleads: ‘Make kin, not babies!’” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #artreview #haraway #howdoyoupronouncechthulucene?

  • Complete Stories: Clarice Lispector

    Reading Lispector this Summer will change your life. Full of difficult extremes and enervating tensions, her stories begin with a caress and end with a horsewhip.
    Terrence Rafferty’s detailed review in the New York Times pinpoints what is so compelling about this unique writer: “There’s a whiff of madness in the fiction of Clarice Lispector. She always wanted her writing to go right to the flaming center of life. When the sun comes up on a character of hers and the world looks fresh, just born, her prose turns atypically restful, as if it were home at last. ‘It was one of those mornings that seem to hang in the air,’ one story begins. ‘And that are most akin to the idea we have of time. The veranda doors stood open but the cool air had frozen outside and nothing was coming in from the garden, as if any overflow would break the harmony.’ What bothered her more than messiness, more than instability, more even than failure, was the idea that the world — or the language in which she rendered it — could with a moment’s lapse of attention become fixed, impermeable, hostile.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #newyorktimesreviews #darkstoriesforlightdays #cultofclaricelispector

  • Complete Stories: Clarice Lispector

    Reading Lispector this Summer will change your life. Full of difficult extremes and enervating tensions, her stories begin with a caress and end with a horsewhip.
    Terrence Rafferty’s detailed review in the New York Times pinpoints what is so compelling about this unique writer: “There’s a whiff of madness in the fiction of Clarice Lispector. She always wanted her writing to go right to the flaming center of life. When the sun comes up on a character of hers and the world looks fresh, just born, her prose turns atypically restful, as if it were home at last. ‘It was one of those mornings that seem to hang in the air,’ one story begins. ‘And that are most akin to the idea we have of time. The veranda doors stood open but the cool air had frozen outside and nothing was coming in from the garden, as if any overflow would break the harmony.’ What bothered her more than messiness, more than instability, more even than failure, was the idea that the world — or the language in which she rendered it — could with a moment’s lapse of attention become fixed, impermeable, hostile.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #newyorktimesreviews #darkstoriesforlightdays #cultofclaricelispector

  • Theft by Finding: David Sedaris
    If you haven’t discovered David Sedaris reading on Radio 4 yet then do it right now, without delay.
    This new collected edition of his diaries will have you snorting on the tube and reading aloud to your colleagues during lunch break. Annalisa Quinn explains why for NPR reviews: “It’s relentlessly interesting to read about daily life in a time that’s within memory but somehow also impossibly far away — not only the wildly different attitudes towards homosexuality, but all the weird stuff they (we) ate, the fact that people were named things like ‘Ronnie,’ that typing was considered a skill, that people were always just calling each other up and stopping by, without texting first…It could be dull, but instead it’s mesmerizing, like watching spinning chickens. Since many of the things he describes happen in his stories, reading Theft by Finding feels like watching a favorite play from behind the scenes, in the company of a friend who can identify what is absurd and heartbreaking and human about every person on stage.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #davidsedaris #nprreviews #thekingofmeanandfunny

  • No One Belongs Here More than You: Miranda July
    Although July’s first collection of stories was published a decade ago, these odd little tales still feel as funny and fresh as when we first read them.
    Sheelah Kolhatkar writing for the New York Times back in 2007 identifies what makes them so compelling, funny and raw: “This volume isn’t a comfortable place to be: July specializes in awkward encounters, cringe-inducing moments that play out between co-workers, lovers or strangers on the street. A handful of these stories are sweet and revealing, although in many cases the attempt to create ‘art’ is too self-conscious, and the effort comes off as pointlessly strange…Then there are stories like ‘Something That Needs Nothing,’ about two girls who run away together. This is July at her best — funny and insightful, offering moments of utter heartbreak through deeper, more sophisticated storytelling. The exploits of the narrator and her girlfriend, Pip, who ‘saw herself as a charming street urchin, a pet for wealthy mothers,’ as they cope with a roach-infested apartment, break up and reconnect, are both tender and gripping. Even as the narrator discovers a talent for peeling off her clothes in a grimy peep-booth, one can’t help rooting for her, awkwardness and all.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #nytimesreviews #mirandajuly #whenlolstillmeantlotsoflove

  • Sudden Death: Alvaro Enrigue

    If you’re in to Mexican history, literary conversations and tennis then this funny, complex and absorbing book is the perfect match for you.
    Argentinian writer, translator and all round smart guy Alberto Manguel writes up Sudden Death for the Guardian: “Sudden Death is a complex historical pageant of astonishing richness that portrays the imperial ambitions of Spain and the power struggles of the Italian states, the cultural clashes between the Catholic church and the people of the new world, the conflict between the creative arts and the political and religious dogmas of the time. It is also a history of the game of tennis. And beneath all this, like an undercurrent, runs the troubled question of Mexico’s identity.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #guardianreviews #albertomanguel #threestrikesandyoureout

  • Hopscotch: Julio Cortazar
    We always find something new and surprising in Cortazar’s brilliant and bizarre novel that uses the game of hopscotch as a
    template for its jumpy structure.
    Author David Flusfeder explains for The Independent why, for him, it’s a book of a lifetime: “Hopscotch (originally published in 1963; translated into English in 1966) is probably a young person’s book. Argentinian émigrés in 1950s Paris have long arguments about art and philosophy. It rains. They fall in and out of love to a jazz soundtrack. The book itself is in love with the modern city and chance collisions. The narrator returns home and disintegrates over the course of the increasingly fragmented novel, whose form provides a more reliable cohesion than consciousness.

    There’s an exhilaration of structure, a deadpan formal playfulness that still thrills. And while the young-man yearning doesn’t have the same significance for me now as when I first picked it up, I still love Hopscotch. It’s the book that taught me most about reading. And, not entirely coincidentally, it’s the book that made me realise I was going to become a writer.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #independentreviews #juliocortazar #amazingbookmazes

  • The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays: Albert Camus
    Camus’ essays are brilliant philosophical enquiries into life written through complex literary frames and drawing on human warmth and wit.
    This write-up in the Telegraph for the centenary of his birthday explains his play with the absurd: “The essays are some of the clearest expressions of Camus’ arguments. The Myth of Sisyphus, which at around 130 pages is similar in length to The Outsider, introduces Camus’s interest in the absurd: the futility of a search for meaning in an incomprehensible world, and how humans might deal with the hostile realities of life.
    Camus’s theories on the absurd became so widely admired that he reportedly stopped using the phrase ‘that’s absurd’ in conversation, as people kept thinking he was making a subtle philosophical point.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #camusreview #telegraphreviews #sisyphushadahardtime

  • The Plague: Albert Camus
    We were so happy to have found this gorgeous copy of ‘The Plague’. It’s an important read and one of the greatest allegorical portraits of small-town contagion and fear.
    Acclaimed writer Marina Warner recounts her return to the book and its timeless ability to comment on human nature: “Far from being a study in existential disaffection, as I had so badly misremembered, The Plague is about courage, about engagement, about paltriness and generosity, about small heroism and large cowardice, and about all kinds of profoundly humanist problems, such as love and goodness, happiness and mutual connection. Camus published the novel in 1947 and his town’s sealed city gates embody the borders imposed by the Nazi occupation, while the ethical choices of its inhabitants build a dramatic representation of the different positions taken by the French. He etches with his sharp, implacable burin questions that need to be faced now more than ever in the resistance to terrorism. Perhaps even more than when La Peste was published, the novel works with the stuff of fear and shame, with bonds that tie and antagonisms that sever.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #marinawarner #camusreview #guardianreviews

  • Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life: Peter Godfrey-Smith
    We’ve always had a thing for cephalopods at Libreria. Godfrey-Smith’s detailed examination finally gives these fantastic creatures the attention they deserve.
    Acclaimed biographer and aqua enthusiast Philip Hoare reviews ‘Other Minds’ for the Guardian:“Godfrey-Smith’s interest in octopuses goes beyond the academic. An experienced scuba diver, his empathy is a product of personal observation, mostly in the Pacific Ocean close to Sydney, where he teaches. It is this that makes him ask what it feels like to be an octopus. Consciousness is required to perform novel acts – beyond routine or instinct. Octopuses will manipulate half-coconut shells in ways that suggest they are investigating the shapes as much as using them. They play; they recognise individuals (both human and octopus); and, like us, they exhibit qualities of caution and recklessness as they intuit the world.

    Returning again and again to his many-armed friends in their Octopolis off the Australian shore, Godfrey-Smith evokes a cephalopod utopia. In the process, he proves that, like all aliens, these strange, beautiful creatures are more like us than our hubris allows. Only evolutionary chance separates us. After all, as he concludes, ‘When you dive into the sea, you are diving into the origin of us all.’” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #guardianreviews #cephalopodsareprobablylordsofusall #deepbluesea

  • 10:04: Ben Lerner
    Ben Lerner’s skill lies in his brilliant marriage of external and internal human interactions. Anyone who has read Lerner’s clever second novel remembers the opening chapter and the narrator’s fraught description of eating baby octopuses.
    This review for NPR explores the octopus image as central to the structure of the novel: “Here is a snippet where our narrator describes New York City girding for Hurricane Irene. Note how octopuses and aortas swirl into the hurricane update in this passage: ‘From a million media, most of them handheld, awareness of the storm seeped into the city, entering the architecture and … inflecting traffic patterns … I mean the city was becoming one organism, constituting itself in relation to a threat viewable from space, an aerial sea monster with a single centered eye around which tentacular rain bands swelled. There were myriad apps to track it … the same technology they’d utilized to measure the velocity of blood flow through my arteries.’ … The final scene of this novel, where our narrator and his pregnant close friend walk through a blacked-out Lower Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy bears down, is as beautiful and moving as any of the tributes to New York written by other famous literary ‘walkers in the city,’ like Walt Whitman and Alfred Kazin, who are presiding presences here. 10:04 is a strange and spectacular novel. Don’t even worry about classifying it; just let Lerner’s language sweep you off your feet.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #benlerner #nprreviews #ivegottostopeatingdeliciousdeliciousoctopus

  • Democracy, A Life: Paul Cartledge
    Paul Cartledge shares his abundant knowledge and love of ancient Greece in this informed and engaging book. No bookshelf should be without it.

    The review from Kirkus Reviews shows how insightful and surprising Cartledge’s study is:
    “The author stresses the difference between the direct and representative forms of government, noting how population numbers preclude direct participation in modern times. By 30 B.C.E., the Romans had engulfed the Hellenistic world, stamped out her democratic institutions, and set the tone for political life until the 18th century. Democracy was effectively shunted aside as the Catholic Church and feudalism dictated the divinely ordered power of kings and lords. Moving onward toward the Enlightenment, we find so many of the same arguments among Rousseau, Voltaire, Burke, and Thomas Paine, where men want equality, as long as some are more equal than others.” #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #kirkusreviews #welovedemocracy #votingmakesyousexy

  • Addlands: Tom Bullough

    Bullough’s novel is a loving portrait of loss, change and the bitter-sweet nature of ‘progress’. Stuart Kelly reviews it for the Spectator: “The novel has an elegant structural conceit. It begins in 1941, with Oliver being born and his father telling the midwife that ‘I had best fodder the beasts, I had’, then cycles through the decades to conclude in 2011. At the same time, the individual chapters inch through the seasons, from ‘cloud-scratched skies’ back to the ‘pearl-like’ mistletoe. Newspaper cuttings intersperse the text, as neat little indicators of social change. […] One of the most impressive features of the book is how language changes. It is like an incarnation of the argument put forward in Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks. In the opening chapter we get ‘whilcar’, ‘fescue’, ‘copps’, ‘reens’, ‘glat’, ‘tump’ and ‘flem’. ‘Addlands’ itself means the border of a ploughed field, the part done last — and this is a novel of last things. In the final chapter we get ‘Whazzup (-;’. The lilt and timbre of spoken voices is handled beautifully, but even here what is distinctive is gradually eroded.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #spectatorreviews #beautifulborderlands #countrybumpkins

  • Commonwealth: Ann Patchett

    By turns funny and furious, we loved how Patchett swept us along with her deft prose and brilliant dialogue.

    Ron Charles, writing for the Washington Post, explains Patchett’s skill with narrative form: “In someone else’s hands, ‘Commonwealth’ would be a saga, a sprawling chronicle of events and relationships spread out over dozens of chapters. But Patchett is daringly elliptical here. Not only are decades missing, but they’re also out of order. We’re not so much told this story as allowed to listen in from another room as a door swings open and closed. When that door opens again in Chapter 2, Franny is taking her elderly father to chemo. By now, the divorces sparked by an illicit kiss at her christening are history, but the adult children of the Keating and Cousins families are still living amid the wreckage of their parents’ broken and reconstituted marriages.”
    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #washintonpostreviews #annpatchett #theyf**kyouupyourmumanddad

  • The Editorial Magazine

    Our friends at @antennebooks introduced us to the wonderfully whacky Editorial magazine. This independently published, Montreal based magazine is jam-packed with original content, riotous colour and comes with a riso insert by @clayhickson What’s not to love?

    Here’s what VICE’s Amelia Abraham had to say about the magazine: “The Editorial Magazine’s message is cryptic. They publish almost every kind of work conceivable, from fashion editorials to amateur photography to excellent photography to poetry to essays to interviews to paintings to that CGI art everyone’s always arguing about. There are very few adverts. They’re open to subscriptions but without guidelines.
    One of the best Editorial features I read was in Issue #12 , and it was an interview with Hollywood stuntwoman and photographer Hannah Kozak, who talked about throwing punches and leaping out of buildings. Kozak had been sneaking onto sets and shooting the world of Hollywood make-believe since before she was actually invited onto them as a stunt double, and shared some of her candid portraits with Editorial, including those of Nicholas Cage and Isabella Rossellini on the set of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart.
    This got me thinking; The Editorial Magazine is kind of Lynchian. And maybe that’s all it needs to be, an intriguing series of timeless images with no collective thread.”
    Background image credit: Tan and Loose Press / Clay Hickson
    #Theeditorialmagazine #editorialmagazine #Libtriptych #libreriarecommends #magazines #independentpublishing

  • Cause & Effect Magazine
    We discovered Cause & Effect this week and were immediately taken by it. Inclusive, ethical, political, and diverse – it is a refreshing rebuff to the fashion industry, challenging norms and showcasing cultural diversity on every page.

    Here’s what i-D magazine have to say about Cause & Effect: “A hardback, soft-paged creation of beauty, the magazine raises a middle finger to the whitewashed, male-dominated, and slightly deranged political climate of now. It shifts the focus onto marginalized communities and places them center stage. As the brainchild of Saudi Arabian editor-in-chief Amnah Hafez and Tom Rasmussen, Cause & Effect doesn’t tiptoe around race, gender, and sexuality like most mainstream magazines do, but, instead, embraces the topics as its chief matters.
    Issue One took almost a year to put together and you can immediately see why: the magazine’s long-reads and think pieces sensitively tackle issues around body image, HIV activism, and what goes on in the wardrobe of a leather fetishist. Then there’s the contributor list, a roll call for some of the most exciting people in fashion and art right now: Vince Larubina is senior fashion editor, Nadine Ijewere, Thurstan Redding, and Gwénaëlle Trannoy head editorial photography, and the mag’s cover stars include NYC voguing legend and portrait photographer Kia LaBeija and bad boy designer Walter Van Beirendonck.”
    Background image credit: Hatty Carman
    #Cause&Effect #Libtriptych #libreriarecommends #magazines #independentpublishing #queer #diversity #political #ethical #inclusive @causeandeffectmag

  • Ada Twist, Scientist: Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

    Along with ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ and ‘Iggy Peck, Architect’, ‘Ada Twist’ is a bright and dynamic look at the curiosity of youth, and a moral lesson for those who try to stifle it. “Ada amazes her friends with her experiments. She examines all the clocks in the house, studies the solar system, and analyzes all the smells she encounters. Fortunately, her parents stop her from putting the cat in the dryer, sending her instead to the Thinking Chair. But while there, she covers the wall with formulae. What can her parents do? Instead of punishing her passion, they decide to try to understand it. ‘It’s all in the heart of a young scientist.’ […] Beaty delightfully advocates for girls in science in her now-trademark crisply rhyming text. Roberts’ illustrations, in watercolor, pen, and ink, manage to be both smart and silly; the page compositions artfully evoke the tumult of Ada’s curiosity, filling white backgrounds with questions and clutter.” Read the full review on Kirkus here: http://bit.ly/2qgFHUj

    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #hurrahforcuriousgirlsandwomen #kirkusreviews
    Image credit: Ana Galvan

  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Favilli & Cavallo

    It’s been called the feminist bedtime story book you’ll wish you had growing up, but it’s also a fantastically illustrated tour through incredible moments of history. Not just for girls but certainly for rebels, the stories are so exciting that I’m not sure they’re conducive to sleepiness…: “From ancient philosophers to modern sports stars there is real richness to the nationalities, ethnicities and professions of these inspirational role models. Much of the charm is in the juxtapositions: queens sit alongside activists, ballerinas with lawyers, pirates and computer scientists, weight lifters and inventors, creating a thrilling sense of possibility. The biographies share a lyrical, fairytale lilt. ‘There was a time when only boys could be whatever they wanted,’ in Hillary Clinton’s case. The stories are not sugar-coated, and the emphasis is on overcoming obstacles and persevering, the book’s dedication page urging readers to ‘dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder’.” Read the full review and story of the kickstarter campaign here: http://bit.ly/2qqhcjG

    #libreriarecommends #libtryptich #hurrahforrebelgirlsandwomen #guardianreviews #kickstartercampaigns
    Image credit: Zozia Dzierzawska

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