Cecilia Díaz Betz

Book lovers, the time has come to decide on the most outstanding books in 2014 with our #Good2bTop5 best books of the year. To that end, we asked Candela López from Walrus Books for a special collaboration. We need her to illuminate us like a guru in this bookie path brimming with highly motivating books. We reported a while ago about her publishing project, Walrus Books (refresh your memory here), a hybrid publishing proposal we love.

Candela López de Walrus Books which guru enlightens us on this path bookcase full of titles very motivating

So no one better than her who devours words, verses, paragraphs and lives surrounded by books day in day out to choose five infallible books published or re-published in 2014. Come and read her impeccable selection…

1. India by Chantal Maillard – Editorial Pre-textos (Febrero 2014). “The texts that make up India were written by the autor between 1987 and 2012. There are four types of writing (essay, criticism, diary and poetry) in which she tackes, among other things, aesthetics, godesses and religión in hindu culture, matriarchal subsistence economy and limitless growth, critisising the current situation of a globalized India due to neoliberal capitalist system. All this narrated with the poetic prose of this philosopher and poetess who writes “to avoid lying, to deal with pain”.

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2. I Had Nowhere to Go by Jonas Mekas – Caja Negra editora (Spanish edition re-issued in May 2014). “A testimonial and autobiographical account about Mekas’ political exile, since leaving Lithuania in 1944, through forced labor camps and shelters for the displaced and his arrival in the United States, where he would begin his film career. Intimate poetry and fragmented texts in which the ‘I’, always in transit, is never fulfilled because there is no place to call his own”.


3. Al límite [Bleeding Edge] by Thomas Pynchon – Tusquets editores (Octubre 2014). “In Al límite, the most anonymous American author of the past century, takes pity on readers once more time (as he did in Inherent Vice) by telling his story with a more accessible prose but without neglecting Pynchon’s signature cryptic and hilarious equation. Set between the spring and the end of 2001 in New York, he narrates the 9/11 events from a paranoid perspective, making use of a new dimension who was then still not well developed and hence not as aseptic as we know it today: the internet. The leading character, Maxine Tarnow, who plays the role of a detective without being one, sees herself immersed in the world with its speculative businesses she will gradually reveal to criticize American culture (a recurrent theme in Pynchon) and the impending globalization.”


4. La conciencia uncida a la carne. Diarios de madurez (1964-1980) [As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks] by Susan Sontag – Random house mondadori (January 2014). “Second volume of the autobiography edited and prefaced by his son David Rieff. In this diary we read about the turbulent years going from the 60s to the ’80s and the beginning of the Reagan era. It includes a mix of lists, descriptions (travel to Hanoi during the Vietnam War and Sweden to shoot her films), quotes and references on cinema and modern art. Passages in which her insecurity and vulnerability come to light offering greater proximity to her creative and personal career”.


5. El dedo en la boca [The Finger in the Mouth] de Fleur Jaeggy – Alpha Decay (September 2014). “Published for the first time in Spain this year, it was written when Jaeggy was 28. This initiation novel shares themes and style with her following books Sweet Days of Discipline and ProleterkaWe witness like spectators the story of Lung, a young woman unable to quit her thumb-sucking habit and who, between absences and continues states of suspension, she tells the facts of her life, sharing space with isolated characters (common in Jaeggy’s works) who rather than clarifying Lung’s mentality, contribute to the opposite.”

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