Lawyer and film critic, the writer Daniela Vilaboa, Spanish-Argentine, although born in Montevideo in 1970, debuted in the novel with La luz sobre las cosas.
What is the last book that made you laugh out loud?
Siri Hustvedt’s Summer Without Men.
Who is your perfect reader?
He who wants and does not want to get to the end. The one who closes the book just to enjoy a while more than just read.
What books do you have on your bedside table?
Many, too many. Someday I will dawn buried by the books. Those I am reading: The file of my mother, by András Forgách, The legacy of Europe, by Stefan Zweig and Clandestine happiness by Clarice Lispector. Those that I started and did not finish Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë, Ada or Ardor, by Vladimir Nabokov, Liquid Love, by Zygmunt Bauman, Fima, by Amos Oz, and several others.
What book changed your life?
The coup de grace, by Marguerite Yourcenar. It made me realize that there is no such thing as “women’s literature”, but there is simply literature.
His literary influences …
Very varied. In my adolescence, Latin Americans: García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Cortázar, Isabel Allende, Sábato, Castillo. Then the classics: Tolstoy, Flaubert, Balzac, Mann, Kafka. Yourcenar about everything. Currently: Jhumpa Lahiri, Iréne Nèmirovsky, Amos Oz, Orhan Pamuk.
Who would you like to sit at a party with?
If it is a little boring, next to the writer Jhumpa Lahiri. If it’s fun, with the character of Ruper Everett in My Best Friend’s Wedding.
What book would you give a child to introduce him to literature?
Sofia’s World, by Gaarder Jostein.
Your favorite place in the world?
A bench next to a cherry tree in Central Park.
What book would you have liked to have written?
Memories of Hadrian or French Suite.
What would you change about yourself?
My difficulty in being orderly and practical. My nineteenth-century romanticism.
The last time you cried?
Last Thursday, in the session with my psychoanalyst.
When was you happiest?
When I believed that I could shape life in my own way, when I still had all the irreverence of youth.
What leaves you sleepless?
Literally: the constant night outings of my teenage children who do not answer cell phone messages. Sometimes: not being able to see my country take off.
Who would you like to get trapped in an elevator with?
With Woody Allen. And in Manhattan.
The last thing you bought and loved?
A lamp that I sent to make designed by me, to put next to an armchair where I like to lie down to read.
What are you looking forward to buying?
A passage to visit southern Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. I am passionate about cities that are on the shores of the mythical Mediterranean.
Last binge …
The night before my 49th birthday, walking with my partner through a little town in Tuscany with a cold to die for and we could not stop laughing.
Your favorite space in your home?
The armchair in the living room.
Is there always .. in your fridge?
A chilled bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The best gift you have received lately? And the best he has done?
A pearl necklace. The best I have ever done was a bartender course.
What did I want to be as a girl?
Writer and astronaut.
What scares you?
Losing reason, insanity.
If I had super power …
I would use it to calm suffering.
At a costume party what would you dress up as?
From some woman in the ancient world: Helen of Troy or Hypatia of Alexandria. To dress up, make it big.
What would you say to your president?
That I would have liked you to be encouraged to do what you have not done so far, take advantage of a historic opportunity to clean up institutions, including justice.