Latin American reads
Posted by Constanza on May 13, 1998 at 13:13:51:
In response to In response to Upcoming..., written by Yuri Uceda on May 13, 1998 at 11:50:01
] If the audience is interested in Latin American literature I would suggest to read works by Gabriel García Márquez, Borges, Cortazar, and Carlos Fuentes. One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in Time of Cholera are Marquez's best.
I agree with you. I am for One Hunded Year of Solitude. Or else, Of Love and Other Demons, or News of a Kidnapping. And his memoirs are to be published this year.
I don't think Borges would qualify for the reads, as he has no novels, only short stories and poems. I agree in that he is an excellent writer, but I don't like him very much (too pedantic for my taste, quite a show-off).
As regards Isabel Allende I liked House of Spirits and Of Love and Shadows, but found Eva Luna a bore (could not in fact go beside the first pages).
What about Tomás Eloy Martínez? His novel "Santa Evita" was a "hit" here, and I know that it has been translated into English. I have not read it, though.
Cortázar and Alejo Carpentier are also among my favourites. And there's Sabato's "Of Heroes and Tombs" (don't know if it is in English) which is an excellent novel, though a little on the Kafkian side.
Well Kate, count me in for whatever Latinamerican writer you choose (provided it is not Rubén Darío or Miguel Ángel Asturias' "Mr. President" aghh!)
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