Books for, for and about Christmas. A selection

There it is, around the corner. Again Christmas, and a very special one this year also so special but one that we hope will never be repeated. Once again you have to make a selection of readings for this time to which so many books are dedicated. This is mine with spanish classics, and foreigners like Rilke, Andersen o Stevenson, in stories and more Christmas stories.

The day of Kings. Christmas tales - Francisco José Gómez Fernández

Stories by Pardo Bazán, Valle-Inclán, Taboada and other classics

We know little —or perhaps better to say that we have little tradition— of Spanish Christmas stories. But there are. And in this book some are collected in the form of reports also, as reflected in the subtitle it carries.

Thus we have authors like Bécquer, Emilia Brown Bazan, Valle-Inclán or Azorín, in addition to others less popular such as Ramón de la Cruz, Ruiz Aguilera or Alarcon. They all wrote short Christmas-themed stories where they captured family memories, experiences or the harshness of life.

Letters to my mother for Christmas - Rainer Maria Rilke

The famous German poet Rainer Maria Rilke maintained a special and uninterrupted Christmas correspondence with her mother, Sophie Entz, from 1900 to 1925, a year before he died.

These letters stand out for their homogeneous content and tone, despite the rather problematic relationship the poet had with his mother. They are written with great delicacy and contain, for example, touches typical of the most intimate confidence such as poet's signature: "René". Also, and each year, they both reiterate their commitment to think of each other at six in the afternoon on the day before Christmas. This correspondence never stoppedNot even during the war.

Advent in the mountains - Gunnar Gunnarsson

This work has been translated into more than 10 languages ​​and is very popular in countries like Germany y United States. It has even been commented that it inspired Hemingway to write The old man and the sea and that Walt Disney wanted to take her to the movies. And its author, Gunnar Gunnarsson, is one of the greatest novelists of Icelandic literature 1955th century. In XNUMX he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

It is a short novel, set in the crude winter from the mountains of northeast Iceland. Its protagonist, the Pastor Benedikt, embarks on his traditional adventure of Advent guidance on rescue from the snow to those sheep of the flock that have been lost and are destined for certain death. Accompanied by his great value, his dog and a ram, enters the snowy mountain without suspecting that, this time, a outcome unexpected.

Fir —Hans Christian Andersen

More classics for Christmas, so you cannot miss the most famous Danish writer of stories and legends: Hans Christian Andersen. This tale was first published in 1844 and brings us the story of a tree what is so eager to grow and achieve great things that you forget to live the beauty of the moment. A carpe diem Christmas with ecological precedent to reflect, and more in this year, on the importance of living day to day and enjoying what you have.

A Christmas present - Robert Louis Stevenson

Another classic that you read on any date is Stevenson, who wrote this pair of hauntingly toned stories for both Christmases, almost at the end of his life.

In the primera of them we have the protagonist, Markheim, who goes to a antique shop to buy a gift Christmas. And what happens to him there in the following hours will completely change his destiny.

And in the second un english officer, who fights in Spain during the War of independence, retires to the field to recover. He does it in a Mansion situated between mountains and fascinating landscapes. There he will try to find the keys to a love and horror story where the carnal and the spiritual are almost indistinguishable. Both merge in the name of a mysterious woman: Olalla.


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  1.   Veronica said

    Very good selection. Thanks !!

  2.   Gustavo Woltmann said

    Excellent compilation and investigative work. A very successful selection of books in Spanish.
    -Gustavo Woltmann.