|Writer-artist Pablo designed the cover for his first novel|
Before Nadine, Paniagua came out with The Lost Novel by Borges, a short novel with a special appeal for Guanajuato readers. The book begins in Spain but soon the two students arrive in our city, where before long they think they know where to find the manuscript of the only novel Jorge Luis Borges ever or never wrote. I found it a treat to see Guanajuato through European eyes, besides reading his updated version of the legendary local method of entering clandestinely through a neighbor's roof.
Paniagua's first novel EXEX (subtitled la mujer del bigote / The Women with a Mustache) already shows this writer's readers what to expect of him. Served up in Paniagua's smooth style, it is as a thriller set in New York City with. As always with writer, sex and violence are treated lightly (think James Bond, not Hemingway.
These short novels are only available in the original Spanish. El Sotano is carrying them in Coyoacan, Mexico City. If I find out they're on sale here, I'll update the post.