Juan Villoro God is Round

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God is Round

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A brilliant, kaleidoscopic exploration of soccer—and the passion, hopes, rivalries, superstitions, and global solidarity it inspires—from Juan Villoro, “Mexico's top fútbol expert” (NBC News).

On a planet where FIFA has more members than the United Nations and the World Cup is watched by more than three billion people, football is more than just a game. As revered author Juan Villoro argues in this passionate and compulsively readable tribute to the world’s favorite sport, football may be the most effective catalyst for panglobal unity at the time when we need it most. (Following global consensus, Villoro uses “football” rather than “soccer” in the book.)

What was the greatest goal of all time? Why do the Hungarians have a more philosophical sense of defeat than the Mexicans? Do the dead play football? In essays ranging from incisive and irreverent portraits of Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, Pelé, Zidane, and many more giants of the game to entertaining explorations of left-footedness and the number 10, Juan Villoro dissects the pleasure and pain of football fandom. God Is Round is a book for both fanatics and neophytes who long to feel the delirium of the faithful.

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Juan Villoro is Mexico’s most prolific, prize-winning author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. His books have been translated into multiple languages; he has received the Herralde Award in Spain for his novel El testigo, the Antonin Artaud award in France for Los culpables. His novel, Arrecife, was recently short-listed for the Rezzori Prize in Italy. Villoro lives in Mexico City and is a visiting lecturer at Yale and Princeton universities.

Thomas Bunstead's translations from the Spanish include work by Eduardo Halfon and Yuri Herrera, Aixa de la Cruz's story “True Milk” in Best of European Fiction, and the forthcoming A Brief History of Portable Literature by Enrique Vila-Matas (a co-translation with Anne McLean). A guest editor of a Words Without Borders feature on Mexico (March 2015), Thomas has also published his own writing in the Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, the Paris Review blog, 3ammagazine, Days of Roses, readysteadybook, and >kill author.

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“The best football writer you've never heard of.... Juan Villoro, Mexico’s foremost man of letters, captures the beautiful game to perfection.... Juan Villoro is one of Mexico’s foremost men of letters. A renowned novelist, short-story writer and translator into Spanish of authors as diverse as Graham Greene, Goethe and Truman Capote, Villoro has shown... his Borgesian range of being as at home with D.H. Lawrence and W.B. Yeats as he is with the Hispanic canon. Unlike Borges, who loathed the game, Villoro is also one of the best writers on football in the world. Early on in this remarkable collection of essays, Villoro sets out his stall as a writer of sport.... Villoro is as adept on the vagaries of the game as he is in his psychoanalysis of its players. His essay on Diego Armando Maradona — with the Tolstoyan title ‘Life, Death, Resurrection and a Little More Besides’ — is a masterful portrait of the game’s greatest player.... In successfully marrying his love of literature and football, Villoro has demonstrated the first principle of sports writing, or any good writing for that matter.” —Andreas Campomar, The Spectator

God is Round is a beautifully written exploration of some of football's biggest stars ... as well as a deep dive into more irreverent topics.... a book that's less about sport and more about people's connection to it.” NBC Sports’ Men in Blazers

“A lyrical exploration of the global game of soccer. In the most prosaic sense, Villoro is a Mexican journalist and professor of literature. But when he writes about soccer, these job titles are insufficient. When tackling the beautiful game, the author is a poet and a critic, a philosopher and a historian, a keen observer and a devoted fan . . . Whether he is producing a “diatribe” aimed at Portugal and Real Madrid narcissist Cristiano Ronaldo or a celebration of Argentina and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi; trying to understand the egomaniacal enigma who is Diego Maradona; or listing his favorite players who wore No. 10 jerseys, Villoro brings some memorable line, some delightful turn of phrase, some inescapable image to every page. Readers will be reminded of a similar stylist, Eduardo Galeano, whose Soccer in Sun and Shadow has always represented the literary apogee of writing about soccer . . . For millions around the world, soccer is not just a game, but rather life itself and, as Villoro ably reveals, very much worth pursuing to the final whistle.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Mexico’s answer to Bill Bryson, Villoro has spent his life watching football. This collection of essays range from straighter profiles of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi to touching odes to fandom. His description of Savo Milosevic holding court at the Bernabeu for Osasuna is worth the price of the book alone.” FourFourTwo (four stars)

“Mexico's top fútbol (soccer) expert” NBC News Latino

“It came as welcome news that the formidable writer and thinker Juan Villoro would have one of his soccer texts, God Is Round, published in the United States.... Villoro’s book is made up of, to borrow a soccer and literary term, set pieces... in Villoro’s hands, or, rather, at his feet, it’s often delightful.” Michael J. Agovino, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Why is God is Round: Tackling the Giants, Villains, Triumphs, and Scandals of the World’s Favorite Game by Juan Villoro the most anticipated football title of 2016? There are a number of good reasons. First, the book features a wide range of essays from Juan Villoro, Mexico’s most popular author. He also happens to be the region’s top football expert as well as an award-winning playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. He is known around the world as a top literary mind and even serves as a visiting lecturer at both Yale and Princeton. He’s the perfect person for this title. Second, this book is a very deep and personal discussion of the sport of football. The topics offer a glimpse into the brilliance and faults of the sport that billions love.  You’ll hear about the game’s heroes and villains, saviors and sinners, and those that build the game and those that have tried to destroy it. Third, God is Round is real literature, not just another book about football. Villoro’s words are like poetry, rich and full of meaning.  He is an artist with words and this is certainly fitting for a sport so often referred to as a the beautiful game. God is Round is certainly on par with David Goldblatt’s The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer and Eduard Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow, arguably the finest football titles ever written. If you can only purchase one book this year, it has to be God is Round. Football fans and those that enjoy great literature will be equally enthralled with this one.” —International Soccer Network

"[God Is Round is] a fascinating look at the big characters and funny details from the world of soccer . . . A literary hero of mine . . . [He’s in the] top three soccer writers for me . . . [God Is Round is] an unbelievably outstanding collection of essays about soccer . . . It’s like seeing the game with new eyes.” —George Quraishi, Howler

“If you want to talk about soccer, go talk to Juan Villoro.” —Carlos Fuentes

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