Name: Carla Vidal
Company: Ute Körner Literary Agent
Question #1: Where and when do you read?
I read whenever I can but mostly on the bus on my way to the office and before going to bed. I cannot go to sleep without reading, at least, a couple of pages. I long for the summer vacations when quietness and warm afternoons make reading much more enjoyable.
Question #2: Which book have you most given as a present?
The book I’ve given most as a present is definitely “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami, one of my most beloved authors. It was actually through his books (and not for the food, as many people would think) that I developed an obsession for the Japanese culture.
“Bonjour Tristesse” by Françoise Sagan. It was a book that my grandpa lent to me from his large and old library and I remember that it made a deep impression on me at that time, when I knew little about relationships.
One of the last books I gave as a present (to my dad and sister) is “Las ocho montañas” by Paolo Cognetti. This delightful book reminded me of the long and peacful summers I used to spend with my family in the mountains. Many childhood memories sprang up…
Question #3: Tell us the resolutions you have made for this year.
I am not the kind of person who makes a list of resolutions at the end of the year or when blowing out the candles on a birthday’s cake. Lately, however, I have realized that I need to re-take my yoga lessons. Probably one of my “biggest” pet peeves is the hustle and bustle of the city and through yoga and meditation I’ve learnt how to cope with this. Plus, I’ve just started taking swing dancing lessons and I am very eager to find out the secrets behind this hypnotic and vibrant dance.
Question #4: Tell us about a bad habit, an obsession or a particular attitude you have picked up since starting to work at Ute Körner Literary Agent
Definitely, having my desk (and home) full of post-its! I mistrust my memory and I always feel calmer if I write everything down. I can’t help it. And of course, drinking too much coffee, though I bet this is a widespread habit, isn’t it?