Francisco Goldman is the author of four novels, The Long Night of White Chickens, The Ordinary Seaman, The Divine Husband, and Say Her Name, and two works of nonfiction, The Art of Political Murder and The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle. His new novel, Monkey Boy, will be published in 2019. He lives in Mexico City. (June 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

The Great Bolaño

The Savage Detectives

by Roberto Bolaño, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer

Distant Star

by Roberto Bolaño, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews
“A writer’s patria or country, as someone said, is his language. That sounds pretty demagogic, but I completely agree with him….” That is from Roberto Bolaño’s acceptance speech for the 1999 Rómulo Gallegos Prize, an award given by the government of Venezuela for the best Spanish-language novel of the year …

Victory in Guatemala

“Just when we thought we’d recovered an environment that made it possible to live in peace, they answered: Here, take your dead man, who tried to discover the truth.” —Bishop Ríos Montt, head of the Guatemalan Archdiocese’s Office of Human Rights (ODHA), at the trial of the accused …

NYR DAILY

World Cup 2018: Waiting for ‘Golazo!’

The Belgian goalkeeper Filip De Wilde despairing at Cuauhtémoc Blanco’s equalizing goal for Mexico in the 1998 World Cup

For a while, I was still kind of hoping Mexico wouldn’t do well in the 2018 World Cup. What if reaching that coveted fifth match, in the round of eight, enflamed nationalist sentiment and helped the ruling PRI do better in this summer’s coming election? But under Enrique Peña Nieto’s PRI presidency, the country’s situation has become so dire, and the PRI and the political establishment have become so unpopular, that for once it’s clear that the World Cup isn’t going to distract from more urgent realities, no matter how well El Tri, the national team, performs. An election promising a historic political realignment seems to be in the offing.