Ignacio del Valle gana el premio Violeta Negra del Festival de Toulouse

La novela de Ignacio del Valle Empereurs des ténèbres, Phébus 2010, la traducción francesa de su novela El tiempo de los empreadores extraños, Alfaguara 2006, ha obtenido el Premio Violeta Negra en el Festival de Toulouse 2011 – Toulouse Polares du Sud – a la mejor novela negra extranjera publicada en Francia. Lo tengo en mi estantería y espero leerlo pronto. Permanezcan sintonizados.

Ignacio del Valle’s novel Empereurs des ténèbres, Phébus 2010, the French translation of his novel El tiempo de los empreadores extraños (The time of the strange emperors) Alfaguara 2006, has received the Violeta Negra award in Toulouse Festival 2011 – Toulouse Polars du Sud – to the best foreign crime fiction book published in France. I have it on my shelf and I’m planning to read it soon. Stay tuned.

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Temporary Perfections, by Gianrico Carofiglio

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Translated by Anthony Shugaar, 2011. First published in Italian as La perfezione provvisorie by Sellerio editore, Palermo, 2010. First published in the United Kingdom in 2011 by Bitter Lemon Press. 284 pages. ISBN: 978-1-904738-72-5.

Guido Guerrieri is going through his midlife crisis. At forty-five and divorced, he fights his melancholy by hitting and talking to Mister Bag, his old and battered punching bag, and by taking long midnight strolls. A lawyer at Bari, he has just move into a new office. Maria Teresa, after earning her law degree has been moved up from secretary to apprentice lawyer and Pasquale Macina, a gentleman in his sixties, has taken over her secretarial duties. He has also hired Consuelo, a friend’s daughter, who has just passed the bar and wants to become a criminal lawyer. In just a few month his law firm has grown from a staff of two to a crowd of four.

When the story opens he has just received an innocent phone call from an old university friend, a civil lawyer called Sabino Fornelli. Fornelli wants to see him about ‘a sensitive and urgent matter’. Manuela Ferraro, the twenty-two year old daughter of his clients Signore and Signora Ferraro disappeared six month ago. But before the case is closed her parents want to find out if there are any leads that the prosecutors or the Carabinieri might have overlooked. Reluctantly, Guerrieri agrees to make some inquiries, not expecting to find anything new in the case. Guerrieri feels like the hard-boiled detective character in one of those cheap mystery novels.

During one of his midnight strolls. Guerrieri ends up in Chelsea Hotel No. 2, a gay bar owned by a former client, an ex-porno star and former high class prostitute called Nadia with whom he will hold long conversations about their favourite films. Guerrieri is a reflective type whose thoughts often brings him memories of his past.

As the plot unfolds Guerrieri will maintain informal conversations with some of Manuela’s friends. In particular he will feel uncomfortable but sexually attracted to Manuela’s best friend, Caterina.

Temporary Perfections is the fourth novel in the series featuring Bari lawyer Guido Guerrieri. The story is told in the first person by Guerrieri himself. The style, simple and straightforward, is peppered with good doses of wit and humour. I found it hard not to empathize with Guerrieri. The plot is loaded with very credible characters and although the crime plays a secondary role, Carofiglio has found a fully satisfactory solution. Clearly a five stars book, in my opinion.

Bitter Lemon Press

Gianrico Carofiglio official website (in Italian)

Temporary Perfections has been reviewed by Glenn at International Noir Fiction and The Bookbag,

My review of Testigo Involuntario (Involuntary Witness) de Gianrico Carofiglio

Las perfecciones provisionales de Gianrico Carofiglio

Guido Guerrieri está pasando por su crisis de la mediana edad. A los cuarenta y cinco años y divorciado, combate su melancolía golpeando y hablando con el Señor Saco, su viejo y maltratado saco de boxeo, y dando largos paseos a medianoche. El es un abogado de Bari, que acaba de mudarse a una nueva oficina. María Teresa, después de obtener su licenciatura en Derecho ha pasado de secretaria a pasante de abogado y Pasquale Macina, un caballero de unos sesenta años, ha asumido sus funciones de secretaria. También ha contratado a Consuelo, la hija de un amigo, que acaba de pasar el examen de abogado y quiere especializarse en derecho penal. En tan sólo unos meses su firma de abogados ha pasado de tener una plantilla de dos a una multitud de cuatro.

La historia comienza cuando acaba de recibir una inocente llamada telefónica de un antiguo amigo de la facultad, un abogado civil llamado Sabino Fornelli. Fornelli quiere verlo sobre “un asunto delicado y urgente“. Manuela Ferraro, la hija de veintidós años de edad de sus clientes el Señor y la Señora Ferraro desapareció hace seis meses. Antes de que el caso quede cerrado definitivamente sus padres quieren saber si existe alguna pista o indicio que la fiscalía o los Carabinieri podrían haber pasado por alto. A regañadientes, Guerrieri se compromete a hacer algunas averiguaciones, aunque no espera encontrar nada nuevo. Guerrieri se siente como el personaje del detective duro en una novela barata de misterio.

Durante uno de sus paseos nocturnos. Guerrieri entra en el Chelsea Hotel No. 2, un bar gay propiedad de una antigua cliente suya, una ex-estrella de cine porno y antigua prostituta de clase alta, llamada Nadia, con quien mantendrá largas conversaciones sobre sus películas favoritas. Guerrieri es un tipo reflexivo, cuyos pensamientos a menudo le traen recuerdos de su pasado.

A medida que la trama se desarrolla Guerrieri mantendrá conversaciones informales con algunos amigos de Manuela. En particular, se sentirá incómodo, pero sexualmente atraído por Caterina, la mejor amiga de Manuela.

Las perfecciones provisionales es la cuarta novela de la serie protagonizada por el abogado Guido Guerrieri de Bari. La historia está contada en primera persona por el propio Guerrieri. El estilo, sencillo y directo, está salpicado con buenas dosis de ingenio y de humor. Me resulta difícil no simpatizar con Guerrieri. La trama está llena de personajes muy creíbles. Y aunque el crimen juega un papel secundario, Carofiglio ha encontrado una solución plenamente satisfactoria. Claramente, en mi opinión, este libro se merece cinco estrellas.

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Crime Fiction on a Euro Pass – Istanbul (Turkey)

Crime Fiction on a Euro Pass is a community meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise has come to an end this week. The idea behind is that participants write a post linked to the country of the week. This week’s country is Turkey. You can visit HERE the contribution of other fellow participants.

Istanbul (Turkish: İstanbul), historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the largest city of Turkey. Istanbul metropolitan province (municipality) had 13.26 million people living in it as of December, 2010, which is 18% of Turkey’s population and the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Europe (if its Asian half is counted) after London and Moscow. The city in its administrative limits had 8.8 million residents counted in the latest Turkish census from 2000. Istanbul is a megacity, as well as the cultural, economic, and financial centre of Turkey. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. Istanbul is a designated alpha world city.

During its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital of the Roman Empire (330–395), the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). When the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed on 29 October 1923, Ankara, which had previously served as the headquarters of the Turkish national movement during the Turkish War of Independence, was chosen as the new Turkish State’s capital. Istanbul was chosen as a joint European Capital of Culture for 2010 and the European Capital of Sports for 2012. Istanbul is currently bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. The historic areas of the city were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. (Taken from Wikipedia) See also: Istanbul City Guide.

Petros Márkaris was born 1 January 1937, in Istanbul. The son of an Armenian entrepreneur and a Greek mother, he went to school at the St. George’s Austrian High School in Istanbul and studied after his Abitur for some years in Vienna and in Stuttgart. Because of his father, he belonged to the Armenian minority for many years and did not have any citizenship; he became a Greek citizen shortly after 1974, together with the rest of the Armenian minority in Greece. Markaris speaks and writes in Greek, Turkish and German. Today he lives in Athens. (From Wikipedia) See also my previous posts