Desperate Literature – Books that explain Spain WIS015



Do you have to be mad to open your own bookshop in Spain in this day and age? Well, Terry Craven from Madrid’s Desperate Literature bookshop assures me that if you’re not brave then you must be stupid!

I spend a morning surrounded by books while Terry, busy pricing and unpacking boxes of books talks through some lesser-known Spanish literature that helps get under the skin of Spain and Spanish society.
He recounts how he came to set up an international bookshop in the heart of the Spanish capital after spending many years working in Paris at Shakespeare & Co. Along the way I find out about Desperate Literature‘s events and literary prize as well as the ins and outs of being an international bookseller.
Find out more about Desperate Literature, its events, literary prize and subscription service here
Here’s a list of the books talked about in the episode:
Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell
South from Granada – Gerald Brenan
Ghosts of Spain – Giles Tremlett
Sexografías (Sexographies) – Gabriela Wiener
Y tú, ¿por qué eres negro? (And you, why are you black?) – Rubén H. Bermúdez
La Colmena (The Hive) – Camilo José Cela
The Winterlings – Cristina Sánchez-Andrade
Jodidos Turistas (F**king Tourists) – Various
Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities – Madrid – Anthology
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