Against Amazon: And Other Essays

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About the Author

Jorge Carri贸n's Bookshops: A Reader's History, published by Biblioasis in 2017, was universally acclaimed and has appeared in thirteen languages. He is the author of three novels, including Los muertos, which won the 2011 Festival de Chamb茅ry Prize for best first novel in Spanish. Carri贸n's journalism appears in the Spanish-language edition of the New York Times and many other newspapers in Europe and the Americas. He lives in Barcelona, where he is the director of the creative writing program at Pompeu Fabra University.

Peter Bush's recent translations include Teresa Solana's The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories, his selection of Barcelona Tales, and Quim Monz贸's Why, Why, Why? In press are Josep Pla's Salt Water and Juan Francisco de Dios Hern谩ndez's Leonardo Balada: A Transatlantic Gaze; in process, Balzac's The Lily in the Valley and Najat El Hachmi's Mother of Milk and Honey. He lives in Oxford, UK.


Praise for Against Amazon and Other Essays

"This is just the sort of book that bibliophiles--to say nothing of bibliomaniacs--will enjoy ... A subtle pleasure for lovers of the printed word, even if they order books from the leviathan."--Kirkus Reviews

"Against Amazon is an optimistic overall take on books, reading and retailing and an attempt to avoid ending up knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing."--Winnipeg Free Press

Praise for Jorge Carri贸n's Bookshops: A Reader's History

"The perfect merging of love of travel and literature."--Buzzfeed

"[Carri贸n's] purpose is to celebrate bookstores. And he does so by wandering the globe in search of those that play--or have played--a special role in the intellectual and social lives of their communities. They become Carri贸n's personal mappa mundi."--New York Times

"'Every bookshop is a condensed version of the world, ' begins Mr. Carri贸n's literary and unabashedly sentimental exploration of bookstores around the globe . . . [Carrion] wanders through volume-laden aisles in Athens, Paris, Bratislava, Budapest, Tangier and Sydney, and invokes many other shops, both open and closed, telling stories about writers, readers and literary circles . . . By the end, you may feel poorly read--but well armed with titles and bookshops to visit on your own."--Wall Street Journal

"Carri贸n explores the fine lines between pilgrimage destination, touristy gimmick, and decent bookshop. This is the perfect book for those who feel compelled to visit every bookstore they see."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Excellent . . . entertaining . . . this quietly intelligent little book speaks volumes."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"Sublimely entrancing . . . brilliant . . . [Carri贸n's] Borgesian book--it can be opened at any point and read forward, or backwards for that matter--is not at all sad. To read is to travel in time and space, and to travel from bookshop to bookshop is an ecstatic experience for Carri贸n, a joy he conveys page after page."-- Maclean's