It is not easy to get away from microphones and spotlights – the news that signing for Planet of Books for the Christmas campaign has caused a stir – but we have managed to steal a few minutes from your busy schedule and this is what Sherlock Holmes has told us.

Why have you suddenly left your cases and signed for an editorial?

Well, I certainly haven't left my cases. I just expand the type of research that I will carry out.

What do you mean?

Give away books at Christmas, the reason for my signing by the publisher as you comment. Let me ask you: how many times have your family and friends told you how much they loved your Christmas present?

Hm …

There you have the answer. My goal is that the gifts this Christmas do not end up being a mere decoration. As? Giving away books. And that's why I signed for Planet of Books in this Christmas campaign. Giving away is really a deduction game: you only need to gather the right clues, the comments you may have made and that you have overlooked … And I am a specialist in collecting data and getting a final answer.

As you have heard me say on some occasion, I believe that the main proof of a person's true greatness lies in the perception of his own smallness. And this is where I come into play. To help overcome that deficit in the proper choice of readings for other people.

“My goal is that the gifts of this
Christmas does not end up being a mere
decor. As? Giving away the books

more appropriate and personal.
And that's why I signed for Planet of
Books in this Christmas campaign. ”

And his interest in books, since when does he come?

I myself have been a literary character, how can I not like books? In addition, I consider that literature is consubstantial to intelligence and that is why whenever I have a moment I like to broaden my horizons with a reading. And I think everyone should do the same.

We already know that you will not have had time to start researching the best books for all readers, but … What readings would you recommend, for example, to your acquaintances and family this Christmas?

Very easy. I would give my flatmate and dear Doctor Watson Eat real food from Carlos Ríos, so you can start taking care of yourself at once! And also the winning novel of the 2019 Planet Award, Terra Alta, because he will know how to empathize very well with the main character, a policeman tormented by his past. Surely as a former combatant who is the doctor, he is very interested in building the character that Javier Cercas has written.

I would give my dear landlady, Mrs. Hudson The negotiated yin and yang, by Eduardo Mendoza. He will have a good time with the adventures of the protagonist during the second half of the twentieth century. And since I know that I always spoil myself with food, I would add the latest from Arguiñano, Cook day by day. You will have recipes for the whole year!

To my brother Mycroft, the new spy novel by John le Carré, A decent man. I've never seen him enjoy it so much, if that verb can be used with him, like when he reads his works. And do not miss a little political and economic news. So this year I would also give Capital and ideology from Thomas Piketty. Surely it is the envy of all his companions of the Diogenes Club.

I would also have clear literary gifts for my nemesis, the evil Moriarty. Surely you would enjoy the beautiful with the thriller Chain, by Adrian McKinty … Although I don't know if I would take it more as an inspirational exercise than as an entertainment. Now, and knowing what he likes to terrorize people, another sure gift would be a copy of the bloody Foundation, by Carlos Sisí.

On the other hand, I think that the ordinary although friendly Inspector Lestrade would enjoy the investigations of the protagonist of The north face of the heart, of Dolores Redondo. And he still hadn't thought about it, but it sure will help him a lot in his cases to have a little more confidence in himself. So another perfect book for him would be The power to trust you, from Curro Cañete.

Finally, for the enigmatic and always disturbing Irene Adler, elementary: Bad woman, from Naomi Casquet. I think that the strength and independence of this book on female sexuality is all that Adler represents. He will love it, it was time to have such a book!

Thank you very much, Mr. Holmes, we are sure you will do a great job this Christmas! By the way, one last question, pure curiosity: is it true that you have never really used the expression "Elementary, dear Watson"?

You are very shrewd! Indeed, I have never used it. In my books And I know that journalists like to use the written source. But if I talk about my day to day and being honest, he will be fed up with the times he will hear me say! It is a phrase that I started to use at a certain time and that I ended up doing mine. So it has become "elementary" in my vocabulary.

We say goodbye to the detective as he leafs through some copies in the press room. The latest installment of Millennium especially his interest, perhaps because of the sagacity that characterizes its protagonist.

This Christmas, give away books

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The philosopher and writer Bertrand Russell He said: "The educators, more than any other class of professionals, are the guardians of civilization." This 27 November, International Teacher's Day, We join this maxim and celebrate, one more year, that key role that teachers and teachers have in everyone's education. Thank you, thank you for this learning that never ends and for instilling in us the passion for reading every day.

Here they go The 5 essential books for teachers, professors and educators:


World Teachers' Day: FunesFirst, Love me when I least deserve it … because that's when I need it most, from Jaume Funes. This book is a guide for parents and teachers of teenagers. It tells us about the main educational uncertainties that we usually have both parents and teachers regarding overprotection, the role of school, emotional balance and understanding of society. Try to summarize criteria and reflect to help us live actively and positively with our teenagers. A book that, without wanting to teach, inspires us and allows us to hear its true voice.


World Teachers' Day: PerhapsSecond we meet María Acaso and his rEDUvolution. By mixing the terms revolution and education point to the need to execute a real transformation in the educational spaces through five key axes: Accept that what we teach is not what students learn, change the dynamics of power, inhabit the classroom, move from simulation to experience, and leave to evaluate to move on to research. Written with direct language and nothing academic, in rEDUvolution You will find a text where visual language provides both knowledge and written language.


Third, an education classic: José Antonio Marina. World Teachers' Day: MarinaIn this book, The pedagogical forest, It helps us to orient ourselves in this thick forest to find the best path. It is a review of what is happening and what is to come that also includes a dictionary of the new pedagogy, a tool that will be essential for parents and teachers.


World Teachers' Day: LuriWhen criticizing school and teachers seems like a national sport, Gregorio Luri He has the courage to write this lucid self-criticism, calm down and encourage action. Is about The school against the world, A manifesto to hope. And it is that optimism is not only possible, but that it is the first moral duty of the educator.


World Teachers' Day: RussellFinally, the essay About education, from Bertrand Russell In him, the philosopher starts from the idea that the education we want for our children depends on our ideals about the human being. He attacks the educational system of the time, in the hands of the Church or the State, which he accuses of creating herds forming in conformity, authoritarianism and nationalism. Russell seeks to educate free and sensitive personalities, cultivated in curiosity, confidence in effort and a sense of adventure.

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Translate the unattainable, by José Torralba

Talk about Jerusalem It is such a complex task as translating it, so we better start at the beginning. Novel. A lifetime to think about it and ten years to write it. Three years to translate it. Three volumes. 1,266 pages and 615,192 words in its original edition. Twenty-second most extensive novel ever written. Eleventh if we stick only to the English language. For the simple sake of useless comparison, suffice it to say that the Bible (KJV) has 783,137 words in English, and that it is the epitome of long and arduous book. From an endless book. From a book bigger than life.

Structurally, the work is divided into three distinct parts of eleven chapters, plus a prologue and an epilogue. The first, titled Boroughs, it is a very accessible social social choral novel. Throughout its chapters, we jump through different eras and points of view without ever abandoning (except for a chilling exception) the humble neighborhood of Northampton in which Alan Moore was born and grew up, the same in which he still lives, the same as Someday you will see him die. With a pronounced self-functional component and not a few political digressions, reading these pages is pleasant, not even demanding. The greatest complexity is in the back room, in the necessary documentation to adequately reflect periods, contexts, particularities, historical figures, urban planning and idiomatic turns. If the reader wanted to, he could take this volume, travel to Northampton and travel its streets as if he were a participant of the Dublin Bloomsday; stop in each corner, follow the itineraries, check the color of each tile or take a pint in the pubs referred to. In the comfort of a winter wing chair the work behind this part will not be noticed, but the writer's words, hopefully, if we have done well, will penetrate deeply.

There is a strong identity feeling here, an elegy for local culture, for respect for the places that were and are no longer, for the neighborhood haberdashery that has been replaced by the last headquarters of a hotel chain, for knowledge and recognition of a story that is despised because it is ignored, or that perhaps is ignored because it is despised. Moore tells us about his life, his family and his city, but also about the dissolution of idiosyncrasy in the homogeneity of a global mass culture, the depredation of the working class and an anti-globalization sentiment that evolves from that same ontological anarchism that will germinate in v for Vendetta. There will be those who hurry to enthrone him with a spirit brexiterBut it would be a gross misrepresentation of someone who conceives Brexit as the nth deception of a corrupt political class towards an uninformed working class, disoriented in its more than just protest. What is here, simply and simply, is darling. Appreciation. An identification of one's being with its surroundings and its past that extends to the family and historical environment, a bit in the manner of the creature that Alec Holland believed himself with the trees of his swamp. Moore the cold, Moore the calculator, the same one who sometimes seems to treat the cartoons with the intellectual dispassion of a mathematical matrix, offers here an emotional and genuinely emotional narrative. When asked to define the gender to which it belongs Jerusalem, he usually responds that it is a "genetic mythology", but it could also be seen as a family rescue, a historical rescue, as an attempt to save the memory of loved ones, places and situations from the blackness of oblivion. And, except for some flirting with the horror genre and some stylistic filigree (there are a couple of passages in free indirect style and more than one game with the verbal tenses of the third-person narrator, omniscient but not necessarily extradiegetic), that emotion is It expresses how it can only be done when it is authentic: with simplicity.

The second volume of the novel, titled Humble (Free translation of the fabulous city of John Bunyan, usually referred to in Castilian with the name of "Human Soul", but which required a more concise and sound neologism here) imposes an almost total plot, dramatic and aesthetic rupture. The fragmented narrative of the first part is replaced by a rigorously linear one (although with some other trap in terms of historical contexts, yes). There are different points of view, but there is an undisputed hero surrounded by co-stars. And social realism fades to give way to a vibrant youth adventure, a wild fantasy mix of Enid Blyton, Terry Gilliam and Lewis Carroll. Here, translation difficulties are shifted from documentation to the description of dream landscapes, the management of invented terms, the adaptation of puns and the effective translation of constructed languages. Moore creates new conjugations that express past, present and future at the same time, but the ease of English to achieve it through modal verbs irretrievably clashes with the grammatical complexities of Spanish.

Likewise, the determined commitment to the fantastic surrealist, with descriptions that jump between the historical script and the fictional narrative, requires an effort to adapt to renewed codes that, nevertheless, participate in that emotional nostalgia displayed in Boroughs. Highlights here the most adventurous Moore, the most playful and gender, that of Promethea and the first volumes of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And yet, we still see something radically different. As in all his work, psychogeography and eternalism play a crucial role, but the mythological substratum that shapes them is not the author's usual Neoplatonic syncretism, but a direct commitment to Christianity. Because this is an intimate, personal, self-fiction novel. And Moore was not raised in an airtight neighborhood, but in an Anglican one, with Sunday catechesis, pious neighbors and joyful hymns. At least, in the twentieth century. Because, as if it were the missing link between the youthful piety and the adult Gnosticism of the author, between his childhood carelessness and the political ferocity of his maturity, the history of the neighborhood explains who Moore is. Nest of rebellions and hipster sects, the chronicle of the Boroughs – full of ranters, Muggletonians and virulent pamphlets, of antitrust, republican and libertarian proclamations — and their progressive trajectory toward political, religious and cultural docility are, to some extent, opposed to that of the author of the novel. If the Boroughs have been subjected to blood and fire until they fit, Moore has freed himself from that denaturalization by going back to the origins and vicissitudes of the area that made him who he is, but always without abstaining from his baggage.

Immersed in these reflections, we reach the third volume, Vernall's research, and here the narrative pact flies through the air. The chapters jump between points of view, styles, genres, tributes … One is written in the first person, another in unusual metric verses, another in current consciousness, another in the manner of Michael Moorcock, another in a language subjoyceano unintelligible, another theatrical mode of the best Beckett, etc., and so on. It is a complex, arduous, demanding volume. He is the free and experimental Moore of Watchmen, the same one that applied Mandelbrot fractals in the great unfinished project that was Big numbers, that of the surgical and thorough dissection of that historical microcosm that composes From hell. Readers who arrive will want to tear off their skin, just like mine lies lying like an office shirt in a corner of the room, already moved, already replaced, and tanned by the effort to translate it. However, Moore does not renounce his essence, his nature, his spirit. In one way or another, the authors referred to were inspired by the neighborhood and relate to their spaces on a very personal level. The neighborhood inspired them, they later inspired him, and I gathered that experience to try to convey it to the reader.

Jerusalem, like the Bible with which it rivals in extension, it is a book of books, a history of stories. Throughout its pages, it displays a cultural artifact that participates in unclassifiable eclecticism, realistic mimesis and heterotopic spaces of postmodernism while denying its irony and hedonism. Sometimes it is cruel, sometimes it is warm, but it is never insensitive, nor distant, because that familiar and historical rescue we were talking about is intimate, and everything intimate is loved even when it is hated. No work in Moore's career allows such a holistic understanding of his life, his family, his concerns and his obsessions. Translating it has been a dream and a nightmare. I hope reading it is, at least, an interesting experience. And also intense.

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Finally, three spectacular illustrated and limited guides on the TV series arrive in our country, Game of Thrones: LOCKER ROOM, STORYBOARDS and ART. These are true collector's pieces for fans of the already legendary television version of the George R.R. Martin. Complemented with magnificent photographs and illustrations, they contain detailed information on the fiction of the HBO. In 2020, another luxury encyclopedia will arrive that will close the collection: PHOTOGRAPHY.

Locker room: Discover the secrets behind the creation of the costume for Game of Thrones, the HBO series, in this definitive guide. From the practical layered fabrics of Winterfell to the best galas worn by his characters in King's Landing, the Game of Thrones costumes play a fundamental role in moving viewers to the lands of Westeros and beyond. This luxury book celebrates the incredible art involved in the creation of each outfit, with beautifully detailed photographs of the costumes and details behind the scenes.

Art: With an exquisite invoice and a luxury format, these pages present a visual chronicle of the meticulous work done by artists to bring the world of Westeros to the screen. Fans will recognize the most exciting moments and the amazing locations of the series. This book contains a multitude of fascinating and magnificently reproduced images, as well as pieces of art that had not been published so far.

Storyboards: The "behind the cameras" of the HBO world television phenomenon, Game of Thrones. This official storyboard by William Simpson shares with the fans the brilliant work behind the montage of each episode of this award-winning series. A definitive compendium that presents, with a unique aspect, the fundamental scenes and the conceptual art of one of the most visually dynamic television projects, which has a rich development and a unique art. This careful collector's edition is presented in a luxury case.

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(C) Emilio Urberuaga

¡¡Manolito Gafotas it's birthday! The mythical character of Elvira Lindo He has accompanied us many during our childhood and adolescence, and this November 22, he turns 25!

Do you know everything about him and his origins? Coinciding with this special anniversary, we have prepared these 10 curiosities about Manolito Gafotas, her books, and her author.

1. The character emerged on the radio in 1987, when Elvira Lindo wrote and interpreted the first monologue of Manolito Gafotas.

two. Manolito Gafotas stars A total of 8 novels.

3. In 1998, Elvira Lindo received the National Prize for Children and Youth Literature by Dirty rags, the fourth installment of the Manolito Gafotas series.

Four. The history of Manolito Gafotas was taken to the cinema in 1999 by director Miguel Albaladejo and was nominated for a Goya for best adapted screenplay.

5. Manolito Gafotas' books have been Translated into more than 20 languages.

6. In some countries the political correctness made them disappear from the books the famous collejas from Manolito's mother.

7. Manolito Gafotas is the "creator" of the expression «Of the world world».

8. All Manolito Gafotas books include illustrations by Emilio Urberuaga, which received in 2011 the National Illustration Award.

9. Elvira Lindo herself speaks with Manolito Gafotas at the beginning of Dirty rags and of Best Manolo.

10. In Best Manolo, the most recent book, the family of Manolito Gafotas suffers from the economic crisis and the school goes on strike for cuts in education.

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On the occasion of World Guinness World Records Day, we review some of the most extravagant and incredible feats of this year.

We all have a quality, something that sets us apart from the rest or that allows us to stand out. However, becoming the first, the one that more than more than more of all, is not a possibility that is within the reach of many.

Even more so if we talk about feats such as being the person who has the most tattoos on the body (after spending more than 1,000 hours tattooing); match the longest human, who died at 122; or have the longest beard of all time, about 5.33 meters.

However, if we achieve any milestone or are better at something than everyone else, then we are record humans and have the right to appear in the new edition of the most famous book in the world, the Guinness World Records 2020.

This great updated compilation brings us the most unprecedented and jocular records by sections that include science, nature, technology, sports or entertainment among others and that, in addition, comes with a special mention to the best Spanish records that have managed to make a foothold in these pages.

We take advantage of the World Guinness World Records Day to tell you some of the most bizarre, fun or scandalous feats of this our world that you can find in it:

one Back to morse code

As far as humans are concerned, a somewhat strange and very innovative milestone is that achieved by Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas. They carry the world's first bluetooth dental implants, which allows them to communicate with each other using the morse code. It's as simple as having an app and pressing on one of the teeth. Learning the morse code is another world …

2 The Big Surprise

The tallest tree in the world is a redwood called ‘Hyperion’, which measured 115.85 meters in 2017. This tree takes 20 meters to the Elizabeth Tower, again known as Big Ben. It is seen that watering a little got out of hand! However, the tallest tree of all time measured nothing more or nothing less than 146.3 meters, taller than the London Eye!

3 Step by step

Can you imagine living the movie of Jaws for almost 400 years? Well, with the shark that was discovered in 2016 and its more than 392 years, we would have had a movie for a while.

It is a Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus), fish and even the longest vertebrate ever known. It is also true that until 150 years this species does not reach sexual maturity, so, well, life at another rate, without haste.

4 A nightmare at home

You feel like eating pizza and you say, well, since we are, let's ask the biggest pizza in the world And bring it home. Well, it will not be, because the record is taken by a daisy with a total area of ​​1,261.65 m2. To give you an idea, it could cover (and left over) the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Total, that does not enter you at home. Of course, most of the portions were destined to social dining rooms, so it was a great solidarity pizza.

5 There is no match for so much goal

In one of the milestones when it comes to sports, we have our dear FC Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi, which broke the record for the most goals scored in the League with 417 goals in 451 games. If you do the accounts, it means an average of almost one goal per game.

Another football feat is that of Ada Hegerberg, who with 41 goals is very close to being the player who has scored the most goals in the UEFA Women's Champions League. And attention, because it was also the first to receive the Women's Golden Ball. That is no longer taken away from anyone!

6 It's cheese, we paid for it!

At home we don't fall short in terms of records either. And here goes one of the most gourmet, because the most expensive cheese sold at auction It was bought in Oviedo. The restaurant El Llagar de Colloto paid 14,300 euros for just over two and a half kilos of Cabrales cheese. But it's cheese … It's understandable, isn't it? If not, ask Geronimo Stilton. 😉

7 Dresses not suitable for a rainy day

Another world record that stays at home is taken by the city of Mollerussa (Lleida) where the Mollerussa Paper Vest Museum treasures nothing more or nothing less than 325 life-size paper dresses. Almost a model for every day of the year!

8 The dizzying box office

Cinema is still an art of records and animated films are proof of this: The Incredibles 2 It is the original animated film with the highest gross income. Pixar's tape raised $ 1,242,532,436, a figure only surpassed by Frozen which, with a gross collection of $ 1,272,469,910, crowns the income podium as an animated film of all time.

What's more, the trailer for its sequel, Frozen 2, obtained 116.4 million viewings in one day, another record figure!

And you? Are you a record? For now we recommend that you look through the book and see if you can think of any skill or characteristic or whatever it is that you are unbeatable. Who knows, maybe we will read you in the next edition.

Until then, we can assure you that with this new edition of the book Guinness World Records You will learn a lot of curiosities and incredible facts.

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After an intense and successful salon now called Manga Barcelona, it's time to announce the news planned for December. Star wars will prepare the premiere of the new Episode with the regular series, compilation volumes, two works by Jeffrey Brown and an impressive illustrated guide: Women of the Galaxy.

The USA Comic will display its charms thanks to The Walking Dead, Shadows of Magic: The Prince of Steel, Paper Girls or the aftershockiana series Dark ark. Finally, the Manga will continue to salonera party with more deliveries of Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest, Boruto or Girl Friends.

More information HERE

Departure date: 11/19 (yes, December news will be released on November 19).

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He is a professor of philosophy at an institute in Gijón and has just published the book Philosophy in the street. Thanks to his peculiar way of bringing philosophy to young people, Eduardo Infante has achieved something much more valuable than the mere learning of theories and authors: that his students develop a passion for philosophy.

In this interview we ask him about his new book and his method of philosophical teaching through social networks.

What does philosophy have to do with the daily problems we encounter on the street?

Philosophy has always had to do with everyday problems. When he was born it was a popular practice. The first Hellenistic schools dealt with urgent and daily problems of human life, and the first Greek philosophers debated sex, personality, anger, aggressiveness … They tried, as Epicurus said, to be "compassionate doctors." That is, that philosophy served to cure the ailments of the soul just as a doctor heals the body.

Philosophy was not at all theoretical then. But Plato created an academy and put up a sign that read: "Let him who does not know math not pass from here." He made philosophy something elitist, something that reminds us a lot of the expression: «Subject to admission». At that time when academic philosophy was created. The idea of ​​my book is to recover the popular exercise of philosophy.

In Philosophy in the street You ask us questions we ask each day and explain how to give answers based on thoughts and authors. Can you give us examples of some of them?

These questions arise from my own students, mainly from an anecdote that radically changed my way of teaching. A student reminded me that, when I was young, my teacher explained things that had nothing to do with life. At that time, I stopped the class and talked with you about you to my students. And there they told me what were the problems that really bothered them: the death of a loved one, love, failure, success, truth …

One of the issues to which we spend more time was that of truth and lies. The first chapter is about that: should we tell our partner everything? There is also talk of art: are the galas of Operation Triunfo? And a multitude of problems that teenagers pose.

When you were a student, did you like philosophy? Was it one of your favorite subjects?

I did not have a good first experience with Philosophy. My first teacher of this subject did what he could, he gave a very academic philosophy. I remember writing the outline of each lesson in Greek on the board. We told him that we didn't know Greek and he replied that he didn't care and kept teaching.

Thus, my first experience was not positive: I saw it as a subject that dealt with problems that I did not understand, indecipherable and foreign to me, that we simply had to comment because they were part of the agenda. Philosophy was reduced to that, to a text comment. But at COU I had a magnificent History and Philosophy teacher, of these who touch your heart and save your life. And I fell in love with Philosophy not only through that teacher, but also through a book, the book in which Socrates' judgment is recounted. It was undoubtedly the figure that fell in love with Philosophy: it was and remains my teacher.

Let's talk about the philosophy challenges you put on Twitter. Where does the idea come from?

The idea came years ago. I was with a classmate, Professor of Physics, at recess, looking at the students. They spent time with mobile phones and commented that they did not communicate with each other, what a shame they were always glued to the screen. And I told him that, in reality, they were communicating through their screens. It changed the medium through which they debated and discussed, but continued to communicate.

At that moment it occurred to me to take them out of their world and their life to put them in a different one. I thought: why instead of taking them out of the street and putting them in the Philosophy classroom, do I put the Philosophy classroom in their world, on their screen? That day, talking to them, I proposed using Twitter to connect it with other problems, to challenge them, to make a window through which to follow the world and life. And, as it is said in the book, that thought becomes life.

How was the response from the students?

Magnificent Last year, for example, I really enjoyed the challenges: I proposed that they get in touch with physicists to explain the latest theories of the universe, and they got nothing more and nothing less than CERN physicists contacted us. . We invited them through Skype and they showed us the place where they work. It was a wonderful wonder. In education I think we have to incorporate new technologies, because the virtual world has become the world we live in and gives us tremendous possibilities in the classroom.

How is your relationship with students, now that you have written the book and with all this dynamics of social networks?

The truth is that it hasn't changed much. I love my profession very much. In fact, I start the first day of class writing a letter to my students in which I explain that I would like to convey that love to Philosophy over the years we are going to spend together.

The most beautiful thing is that I can see that this passion is transmitted to them during those two years, and it is maintained when they are alumni. Sometimes I go to the medical center and a doctor or nurse is a former student and they remember my classes. I love that you continue with that same passion! And knowing that I have left that mark for the search for truth, goodness, justice and dialogue is the most rewarding thing that can happen to me in this life.

In the book, when referring to philosophy, you talk a lot about the difference between what is useful and what is valuable.

Useful can be a corkscrew, an instrument that performs a function. In the field of knowledge, the tools are those that make us effective producers to produce a final merchandise. Faced with that is the valuable. If we follow the example of the corkscrew, it would be valuable to stop uncorking a bottle of wine with the person you love. That is valuable. And in the field of knowledge the same thing happens: there are valuable knowledge because they make us understand the life in which we live, they make us find meaning to each day and, above all, they are valuable because they bring us closer to good, to beauty the truth

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Early October on the streets of the city. Plastic dentures with bloody fangs can already be seen behind the windows of toy stores. The most daring patisseries exhibit marzipan shaped human limbs next to the cream canes. Artificial cobwebs on the doors of shops and on the walls, posters announcing costume parties. Halloween, like many celebrations throughout the year, arrives every time before, and it is loaded with special promotions and infamous adaptations of mythical horror films.

To not end up saturated by the precocity and profusion of pastiches, it is always good to immerse yourself in a good reading, and what better than regain contact with the roots of the horror genre from the hand of one of its creators.

From a tormented childhood – apparently his mother was overprotective and quite neurotic – little Howard took refuge in books to avoid contact with a society in which he did not think he fit. Indirect disciple of Manchen, Lord Dunsany and Poe, with whom he claimed to have a spiritual kinship, did not have enough with his teachings and ended up creating his own genre that was called "cosmic horror." The greatest exponent of that new literary category were the Cthulhu myths, who wrote together with other authors belonging to the so-called Circle of Lovecraft.

With its baroque style, intentionally archaic and ornate, H.P. Lovecraft gave life to a unique mythology that drinks from fantasy and science fiction, and that puts the reader under the impassive gaze of alien gods that await in the depths the moment to dominate the Earth.

His work has shocked readers for several generations. We propose here an essay and a novel to introduce us to it.

Stop being scary movies, read Lovecraft! The mountains of madnessIn the mountains of madness tells the story of the failed expedition of geologist William Dyer and a group of scientists to Antarctica, where they discover a lost city of which there is no record and that hides the remains of an ancient seemingly extraterrestrial civilization. Narrated in the first person by Dyer himself, this novel represents a perfect example of the genre "cosmic horror", that of Providence illuminated and fed until the end of his days.

Stop being scary movies, read Lovecraft! The terror in literatureThe terror in literature It is an essay first published in 1927, in which Lovecraft reflects on evolution and other aspects of the genre through its most emblematic authors. In it crowns Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, Lord Dunsany and Arthur Machen, whom he calls "contemporary masters." Lovecraft goes back in this essay to the gothic novel to find the roots of literary terror and he analyzes fear, for him, "the oldest and most powerful emotion of humanity".

Reviewed and admired by writers such as Cirlot and Houllebeq, from filmmakers to philosophers, intellectuals and creators of all kinds have drunk from its source. He was little valued in his time and, like so many, died in misery. Despite this, he has managed to transcend time just like his creatures.

Who was going to tell him that one day they could buy keychains and stuffed animals from Cthulhu or board games based on his work? In short, we can affirm without fear of being wrong that Lovecraft, like Halloween, is fashionable.

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The calendar has advanced vertiginously and next week Planeta Comic moves to the 25th Manga Fair in Barcelona. Thus, from October 31 to November 3, you will be able to find a fabulous editorial stand with more than 200m2, full of the salon launches and a selection from the previous catalog.

In addition, to celebrate the publication of the Manga Planet Magazine, there will be another stand nearby, intended exclusively for signing sessions and the sale of the magazine (schedules and rules here). People who want to leave their project for evaluation can do so in the enabled mailboxes (schedules and rules attached here).

Another outstanding event will be the official presentation of news (Saturday, 5pm), in which you can ask questions and learn about the next works that will be published. The video of the ads will be available to everyone at that time at the following link:

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