The love of literature for cats, in the anthology 'The Great Book of Cats'


What is the point in common between Franz Kafka, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Gloria Fuertes and Sylvia Plath? All of them dedicated, at least once, a text to the felines. This is how he collects it The Great Book of Cats (Blackie Books), which runs through universal literature to record the magnetism that these creatures have for writers.

And, according to the book itself, for every text about dogs there are about ten about cats. The anthology consists of 45 long pieces, 250 passages and 15 unpublished texts by emerging authors, such as Elisa Victoria, Gabriela Ybarra, Mercedes Cebrián and Mónica Ojeda.

Its editor is the enigmatic Jorge de Cascante (Madrid, 1983), who recently published I've been coming to the workshop for a while and I don't know what I'm coming to (Blackie Books).

In the book he confesses that, paradoxically, his beginnings with cats they were not the best, and gives some indications for reading. "Approach this anthology as it approaches a kitten to a skein of wool: with the intention of undoing it ".

One of Alexandre Deverdin's illustrations for 'The Great Book of Cats'.
One of Alexandre Deverdin's illustrations for 'The Great Book of Cats'.

As in the case of his older brother, The Great Book of Dogs, the illustrations of Alexandre Reverdin complete this work, which defies the saying "All cats are brown", and bet because each pussy is unique.

Therefore, difference between several types: good cats, cats that cross the street, cats that know everything, bad cats, cats that I have not seen again (group that comes with a warning: "If it catches you in bad time, leave this block to the end") and cats that change you.

In this last part, in addition to Theodoro W. Adorno's entry into religion by Julio Cortázar, quotes like this one by Aldous Huxley appear (A happy world): "If you want to write about the human being, have a couple of cats at home."

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