The experience behind my fiction includes long contact with Latin America, which gave me the subject matter for my earlier publications, and training in sociology which helps me sharpen the questions I ask in my fiction. My latest novel, A Gift for the Sultan (2010), is not about Latin America; it takes place in Constantinople and Anatolia in 1402. But it is about big social questions: How does a great city cope with the threat of destruction? How can oppressed people take advantage of a crisis to forge their liberation? What happens when people of utterly opposed ideologies — in this case, Orthodox Christian and Muslim — find reasons to collaborate?
Most recent nonfiction book is Hispanic Nation (U. Arizona Press, 1997). Coming up: A history of architecture and urbanism in Latin America, co-written with architect Susana Torre, to be published by W. W. Norton. And of course, more fiction, not necessarily related to Latin America.
To think things through, to engage in discourse with others who are trying to think things through, and for the thrill of seeing something of mine in print. Mostly it's great fun.
Lately I've been discovering contemporary Spanish writers. Favorites include Antonio Muñoz Molina (especially El jinete polaco), Arturo Pérez Reverte (his swashbucklers are especially entertaining), Manuel Rivas (Los libros arden mal impressed me deeply), the late lamented Dulce Chacón (La voz dormida) and others. My alter ego Baltasar Lotroyo has a whole file of notes on our favorite books in Spanish at our Pequeña biblioteca comentada. My reviews in English of fiction that has impressed me are at Fiction readings. They include everybody from Zadie Smith to Saul Bellow.
Hi Geoffrey, thanks for reading both A Fable of Leaves and Eclipse. I appreciate your comments.
Geoffrey thanks for reading and commenting on "Moro". I look forward to reading your stories!
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