Interview with Eduardo R. Lafforgue

What motivated you to become an indie author?
For many years I told stories and anecdotes about my travels. My young collaborators encouraged me to write them down. It took me many years but I finally did it. This is my first book!
Who are your favorite authors?
Emily Carr and William Henry Hudson. They both wrote in a clear style using just the right words. There is nothing superfluous. Amin Maalouf is also one of my favorite writers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Everything, opening the louvers and contemplating the view from my terrace makes me feel alive. All elements of the landscape, like in a Chinese scroll painting, are in harmonious balance.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was a short story of a three hours travel by train in Argentina. I recently published it on my Facebook page. (La Chancha y los ángeles)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I learn to read very early in my life thanks to a children encyclopedia published by Larousse (Lo Sé Todo). Those volumes were windows open to the world and they contributed to my passion for travel and history. The first full book I read was "Around the world in 80 days" by Jules Verne, I was nine.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
"Klee Wyck" by Emily Carr. She was primarily a painter, this was her first book published in 1941. Its a collection of "sketches" she wrote visiting the villages sown with totem poles on Canada's west coast.
"Far Away and Long Ago" by William Henry Hudson (Guillermo Enrique Hudson) this is his best know non-fiction about his early years in Argentina written at the end of his life in England in 1918. Its a delicious description of late XIX century argentine life with no frills but direct and charming style.
"Origins" by Amin Maalouf. No body has described better the way I have always feel than Malouf writing about himself and his extended family in Origins. As him I don't have roots but ORIGINS.
What's the story behind your latest book?
El Show de Mao is about a trip I did to China in the summer of 1975. The cultural revolution was still very present in every day life. I anticipated an adventure full of history, art and opera. Nothing could be more different than what I got. It took me 20 years to appreciate that trip. The only thing that resisted the reality check was Mao's Little Red Book, it was really red!
Published 2017-03-28.
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Books by This Author

El Show de Mao
Price: $6.35 USD. Words: 37,110. Language: Spanish. Published: March 27, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » History » Asian
Cuatro décadas han pasado desde la muerte de Mao Tse-tung. La Revolución Cultural trató de reescribir la historia, no lo consiguió. Chou EnLai invitó a Richard Nixon y se abrió al turismo. En 1975 pasé 17 días en China, de Cantón a Pekín. Anticipaba visitas cargadas de historia, arte y ópera. Mi viaje fue muy distinto. Solo el Pequeño Libro Rojo resistió el choque con la realidad: ¡era rojo!