Have been waiting for Norte for a couple of years, which is my introduction to Paz Soldan. Three story arcs that intersect or intertwine or just pass each other somewhere in Texas. A college student working on a graphic novel; Martín Ramirez, a self-taught artist who spent years in California mental institutions (there’s an excellent biography of him published by University of Texas); and the real-life “Railroad Killer” Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, perpetrator of violent, horrific murders. Kirkus describes it as “a superb set of interlinked character studies.” Translated from the Spanish by Valerie Miles.
In 2025, a former police officer becomes a sniper in the resistance in occupied Cairo. The opening to the book is probably the most disturbing passage in a novel that I’ve read. It lightens up a little. Am still reading it, although taking little happy breaks reading about MBSR. Translated from the Arabic by Robin Moger.