American Author Francisco Goldman's Essential Reading for the Holidays
Francisco Goldman lives in Mexico City and his most recent novel Interior Circuit, is an ode to the Mexican capital. Say Her Name, in which he paid a moving homage to his wife Aura, who died in an accident in 2007, won the 2011 French prize Prix Femina Etranger. Goldman established the Aura Estrada Prize which he directs. His novel The Long Night of White Chickens was awarded the American Academy's Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. The Ordinary Seaman was a finalist for The International IMPAC Dublin literary award. The Divine Husband was a finalist for The Believer Book Award. The Art of Political Murder won The Index on Censorship T.R. Fyvel Book Award and The WOLA/Duke Human Rights Book Award. Goldman writes for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, The Believer, and other publications. Every year he teaches one semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and then hightails it back to Mexico City.
How will you be spending your holidays?
We will be here in Mexico City with friends visiting from New York, and then we are going to Bacalar, Mexico.
Which book would you like to read that you haven't found time to read before?
I'm thinking of reading [Thomas Mann's] Buddenbrooks.
Which book do you re-read regularly during the holidays that you might buy as a gift for a friend?
I don't have one book I associate with the holidays, well, actually, for our first Christmas week holiday a few years ago, in Belize, Jovi, my wife, read The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald, which I'd given to her. That's a book I'd be happy to give as a gift over and over, and that I suddenly feel like rereading.