Against Amazon: And Other Essays

(Author) (Translator)

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Publish Date
5.2 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Jorge Carrión'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 Chambéry Prize for best first novel in Spanish. Carrión'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 Monzó's Why, Why, Why? In press are Josep Pla's Salt Water and Juan Francisco de Dios Hernández'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 Carrión's Bookshops: A Reader's History

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

"[Carrión'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 Carrión's personal mappa mundi."--New York Times

"'Every bookshop is a condensed version of the world, ' begins Mr. Carrión'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

"Carrión 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 . . . [Carrión'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 Carrión, a joy he conveys page after page."-- Maclean's