Paco Contreras



The following list is made up of books that I am reading or I have read already.

From my readings, I do like to extract bits of text that for some reason attract me or suggest me different things, and which I copy it in notebooks. Sometimes they spend months (even years) in the drawer, but occasionally arise, and they allow me to refresh those feelings that they have produced me time ago.

Also, I employ them as companions of pieces of art to generate further readings beyond the plastic one, so I hope this list will help you to have another vision of what I do, and even more, to find the roots of some of my pieces.

The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, The magic flight and other texts by Mircea Elíade, Ecce homo, The Anti-Christ, Thus Spoke Zarathustra by F. Nietzsche, Buddenbrooks, Death in Venice, Mario and the Magician, A Sketch of My Life by Thomas Mann, Captain Pantoja and the Special Service, Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa, Picasso by Picasso by Paul Désalmand, Symbol, communication and consumption by Gillo Dorfles, Man and His Symbols by Carl G. Jung, Praise and refutation of wit, Theory of creative intelligence, Ethics for shipwrecked, The mystery of the lost will by Jose Antonio Marina, Time, great sculptor. Essays by Margerite Yourcenar, Picasso by Mercedes Guillén, Journal I by Anais Nin, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, How objects are born? Notes for a project-based methodology by Bruno Munari, Little Red Cap in Manhattan by Carmen Martín Gaite, Nothing by Carmen Laforet, Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller, The Tunnel by Ernesto Sábato, The Truce by Mario Benedetti, Perpetual Motion by Augusto Monterroso, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, Leaf Storm, No One Writes to the Colonel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez, Cold skin by Albert Sánchez Piñol, The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by F. Kafka, The skylight, The sleep of reason by Antonio Buero Vallejo, Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol, Fausto by J. W. Goethe, All the Names by José Saramago, On Heroes and Tombs by Ernesto Sábato, Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence, The Truth about the Savolta Case, The Mystery of the Bewitched Crypt, The Labyrinth of the Olives, No Word from Gurb by Eduardo Mendoza, Rhymes and legends by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Dead Poets Society by N. H. Kleinbaum, The fantastic tavern by Alfonso Sastre, Venus Prime II by Arthur C. Clarke and Paul Preuss, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, On Turning Eighty by Henry Miller, 1984 by George Orwell, The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, Electra by Euripides, The closest shore by Mario Benedetti, The pursuer, Hopscotch, Bestiary by Julio Cortázar, Artifices, Fictions, The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges, Peter Camenzind, Beneath the Wheel, Demian, The steppen wolf, The Glass Bead Game, Siddharta by Hermann Hesse, Creation by Gore Vidal, The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, Iliad, Odyssey by Homero, The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios, Due di due by Andrea de Carlo, The Eight by Katherine Neville

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