Recipes for Sad Women by Héctor Abad

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This is a book that quietly knows what it is to be human, and to bridge, or reconcile, the gap between body and mind.
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A book of ambiguous genre and delicate, playful wisdom, Recipes for Sad Women is not a novel and not a cookbook. But should you wish to know what food to prepare in the case of sobbing or of nervousness, what the closest thing to dinosaur meat is (and therefore the best remedy for guilt), or what to eat when you are perfectly healthy and enjoying reciprocated love, you will find no better collection of recipes on the market. An acclaimed novelist, essayist, journalist and translator, Abad's eccentric, sensual and wry guide is neither unserious, nor entirely plausible in its advice. Elegant, melancholic, funny and full of morsels of insight, it is deftly and movingly instructional on the proper appreciation of sadness.
 

About Héctor Abad

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Héctor Abad is one of Colombia's leading writers. Born in 1958, he grew up in Medellín, where he studied medicine, philosophy, and journalism. After being expelled from university for writing a defamatory text against the Pope, he moved to Italy before returning to his homeland in 1987.
 
Published July 5, 2012 by Pushkin Press. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jul 03 2012

This is a book that quietly knows what it is to be human, and to bridge, or reconcile, the gap between body and mind.

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