Fernando Aramburu seems to want to leave behind ‘Patria’ (Tusquets, 2016), a novel of such an enormous success that it may devour its author. So the San Sebastian writer, who I imagine wants to take off that sanbenito and survive his own work, returns to the bookstores with ‘Los vencejos’ (Tusquets, 2021), which is published on August 25 – he has announced him as the media star which is, with advance of the cover in a video of the actor Alberto San Juan-. It is unlikely that this new novel exceeds or equals what ‘Patria’ has achieved, but I suppose no one in their right mind expects it. In any case, it will be interesting to closely follow everything that happens with ‘The Swifts’. Meanwhile, two women are still fighting for the top spot on the bestseller list: Paz Padilla and María Dueñas. And it is the television station Padilla who this week can boast of that first position, taken from a Batman comic thanks to the fact that it sells books like donuts. On that list, Irene Vallejo has the mission of providing dignity, and she achieves it with ‘El infinito en un junco’ (Siruela, 2019), an editorial phenomenon comparable to that of Aramburu with ‘Patria’, which resists among the ten books best sellers in Spain being an essay on writing and books –and there are still those who do not believe in miracles-.