Author(s): Juan Villoro
On a planet where FIFA has more members than the United Nations, Juan Villoro's examination of soccer and its 3.5 billion-person fandom has stakes beyond those of such playful questions. Football is more than just a game; it is a catalyst for global unity and even, Villoro suggests, the 'recovery of childhood'. At once serious and fun-loving, Villoro reports from the last World Cup of the 20th century, paints portraits of contemporary football's most prominent stars and teases out the contradictions of the game. A book for football fanatics.
If you want to talk about soccer, go talk to Juan Villoro. Carlos Fuentes"
Juan Villoro is Mexico s most prolific, prize-winning author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. His books have been translated into multiple languages; he has received the Herralde Award in Spain for his novel "El testigo," the Antonin Artaud award in France for "Los culpables." His novel, "Arrecife," was recently short-listed for the Rezzori Prize in Italy. Villoro lives in Mexico City and is a visiting lecturer at Yale and Princeton universities. Thomas Bunstead's translations from the Spanish include work by Eduardo Halfon and Yuri Herrera, Aixa de la Cruz's story True Milk in "Best of European Fiction," and the forthcoming "A Brief History of Portable Literature" by Enrique Vila-Matas (a co-translation with Anne McLean). A guest editor of a "Words Without Borders" feature on Mexico (March 2015), Thomas has also published his own writing in the" Times Literary Supplement," "The Independent," the "Paris Review" blog, 3ammagazine, Days of Roses, readysteadybook, and ">kill author.""