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Vicente Aleixandre

If you could only see what suffering
the moon displays without trying.

—Vicente Aleixandre, from  “My Voice,” A Longing for the Light: Selected Poems. (Copper Canyon Press, 2007)


The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. 573 more words

Literary Fiction

Antonio Porchia

There are pains that have lost their memory and don’t remember why they are painful. — Antonio Porchia, Voices. (Copper Canyon Press; Bilingual edition April 1, 2003) Originally published January 1st 1969. Translated by W. S. Merwin.


The Burning Mountain of Huexotzinco

The Conquest of New Spain, an eye-witness account of how Hernán Cortés conquered Mexico, is one of the most memorable non-fiction books I’ve ever read. 1,435 more words


The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind was given to me by a friend whose love of books is akin to mine. She promised me I would love it, and handed me a tattered, dog-eared novel, whose cover was peeling and whose pages were no stranger to a tea stain of two. 608 more words