from the Tokyo subway to the name of the rose, passing through craft beer (June 2024)

from the Tokyo subway to the name of the rose, passing through craft beer (June 2024)
from the Tokyo subway to the name of the rose, passing through craft beer (June 2024)

The heat arrives and with it, the irremediable desire to grab a book (or more). Like these.

What better month than June to celebrate reading: summer is right there, and with it, the promise that we will be able to enjoy many hours of leisure and, if everything goes as it should, long moments in a lounge chair letting ourselves be rocked by books quality. Furthermore, if you are from Madrid you have the Book Fair, like so many other similar literary fairs that are held in various corners of Spain. And if you don’t know where to start, here are a few things that we are reading.

‘Underground’, by Haruki Murakami

I only knew a couple of details about the sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway. Few. It happened in 1995, so it caught me very young. Enough so that, despite its tragic toll of victims, until now it had a rather diffuse idea of ​​what happened. With ‘Undergorund’, by Haruki Murakami, that is being corrected. The book is an honest and detailed chronicle that helps to understand what happened that morning in March 1995 on the trains that ran between Kasumigaseki and Nagatacho. I like its depth, the delicacy with which Murakami approaches the story of each victim, the resulting choral effect and his sober style free of flourishes, all qualities that reminded me of ‘Voices from Chernobyl’, by Aleksievich. But above all I liked the readings that the work leaves behind beyond the attack itself. Because ‘Undergound’ is above all a genuine treatise on Japanese society at the end of the 20th century. A sincere work for a leisurely reading. Carlos Prego

Underground: 841 (Wanderings)

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‘Electric shamans at the festival of the sun’, by Mónica Ojeda

With spring, the myriad of music festivals that appear every summer in our geography are here. None like this. The festival narrated in these pages mixes the fantastic with the musical to tell us a story that is closer than it might seem. An experience between the real and the surreal, as these types of events usually are. Pablo Martínez-Juárez

Electric shamans at the sun festival

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Superman: The Four Seasons

After reading one essay after another for years, I needed to take a break and read something lighter, so it occurred to me to give the new edition of ‘Superman’ a chance. The four seasons’ that ECC has published. This comic by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale is one of the sources that James Gunn drew from to prepare the new Superman movie, and I understand why.

This graphic novel has a peculiar drawing. At first it didn’t seem like much to me, but it didn’t take me long to grow on it and appreciate how well it fits with Loeb’s script. However, the real reason why I recommend this work to any reader who even remotely likes this superhero is that the four stories that shape it are actually a vehicle to investigate the essence and motivations of the superhero. alter ego by Clark Kent. As a tip, you can read it in a breath. Juan Carlos Lopez

Superman: The Four Seasons (Great DC Graphic Novels)

*Some prices may have changed since the last review

‘Potosí’, by Ánder Izaguirre

Ander Izagirre is one of the most celebrated narrative journalists in Spain. And despite writing about cycling (a sport that, honestly, I hate with all my heart), I have always liked him. However, he had never read Potosí, a long report about the mountains, the mines and the Bolivia that continues pumping minerals to the world.

It is an incredible work, full of narrative power and amazing descriptions. One, furthermore, developed over many years and, for that reason, allows us to look at the reality of Cerro Rico del Potosí in a way that is rarely possible. Reading Izagirre is reading someone who is on a par with the great Latin American chroniclers. I, at least, am enjoying it very much. Javier Jimenez

*Some prices may have changed since the last review

‘How to brew home beer’, by Greg Hughes

There comes a time when every brewer is encouraged to try it. This time it’s my turn. And that’s why this month I’m reading a guide on how to make homebrew. Not only do we have dozens of recipes, we also have a review of the history of beer, curiosities, a little chemistry about hops and malts and a lot of curiosities that I didn’t even imagine. Reading a guide is not like reading a novel. It is a book to jump from page to page, but it is equally enriching. Beyond the results of making the beer, just reading about it is a pleasure. Enrique Perez

‘If your job has you fried, reinvent it!’, by Seth Godin

Godin’s latest book is not the one I like the most of all the ones he has written and of course the translation of its title is disturbing, but it has a good timing: comes just at the beginning of the era of generative AI in which many of us wonder what is going to happen to our jobs.

Godin is usually inspiring and evocative, just reading any of his books makes you jump like a spring to start something, anything, even if it is looking for an immediate way to improve at your work. In the case of this book, it is about doing something that matters, looking for results that contribute something to other people. And thus avoid results that are the starters on the menu of the day for the AI. Javier Lacort

‘The Name of the Rose’, by Umberto Eco

I owed this rereading for many years, and I have finally made time for it. The result has not only lived up to the considerable prospects, but has made me scratch my head every few pages, wondering how a book so dense, cultish, self-referential and full of layers could become a best-seller, selling millions. of copies, inspiring a film, a series and a comic and even a spin-off of footnotes written by Eco himself. In everyone’s memory (especially due to the success of Sean Connery’s film) is the detective plot , but there is much more: a historical fresco about the religious wars of the Middle Ages and a metafiction about literature and its scope, with references to authors like Borges on every page. A wonder that not only does not age, but also revalues ​​itself over time after seeing how unsalted breads like Dan Brown have shamelessly plagiarized it. John Tones

The name of the rose (Narrative)

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