Una novela criminal (A Criminal Novel) by Jorge Volpi – A Review

Jorge Volpi’s Una novela criminal is a novela sin fiction, that is a novel without fiction, a book that tries to examine the complexity of Cassez-Vallarta case that roiled Mexico and France during the second half of the 2000’s and, in some ways, is still not resolved. While the case itself may not be familiar … Continue reading Una novela criminal (A Criminal Novel) by Jorge Volpi – A Review

Jorge Volpi Interview and Political Problems with His Diplomatic Post

First the good part of the post. Canal-l has an excellent interview with Jorge Volpi ostensibly about his new book Dias de ira, but actually turns into more of a political discussion and a conversation about El sueno de Bolivar, his book about Latin America. I always find what he has to say interesting and he is a good … Continue reading Jorge Volpi Interview and Political Problems with His Diplomatic Post

Writing Lessons From Jorge Volpi and Rosa Montero During the Guadalajara Book Fair

Jorge Volpi and Rosa Montero are taking questions from the public on writing for 2 hours every day until the Guadalajara Book Fair ends (December 5, 2010). If you would like to get their opinions on matters of writing here is your chance. I’m too busy, but ever since I was disappointed by Vopli’s most recent book … Continue reading Writing Lessons From Jorge Volpi and Rosa Montero During the Guadalajara Book Fair

Jorge Volpi Interview at El País: History Is Often More Important Than Fiction in a Novel

El País offered readers a chance to submit questions to Jorge Volpi for a form of on-line interview. I took the opportunity to submit a question about Season of Ash which I reviewed for the Quarterly Conversation and found to be more interested in writing history than a novel, sacrificing character development to his thesis. … Continue reading Jorge Volpi Interview at El País: History Is Often More Important Than Fiction in a Novel

Jorge Volpi on Secularlism, the Church, and Mexico

El País has an interesting article from Jorge Volpi on secularism in Mexico. Normally I wouldn’t note a strictly policical article, but it seems to me from what little I’ve read that Volpi makes a good historian and cultural critic to the detriment of his fiction. In the article, he compares the polarizing effects of religion in politics in the US, … Continue reading Jorge Volpi on Secularlism, the Church, and Mexico

El insomnio de Bolívar (Bolivar’s Insomnia), by Jorge Volpi Reviewed at Letras Libres

After reading Jorge Volpi’s Season of Ash and some of his criticism I have been looking forward to seeing his prize wining El insomnio de Bolívar in print. Letras Libres has given it a mixed review. The basic point is Volpi says there is no national literature and Latin America isn’t filled with strange characters, … Continue reading El insomnio de Bolívar (Bolivar’s Insomnia), by Jorge Volpi Reviewed at Letras Libres

Jorge Volpi – the Historical Novel in Latin America

In part four of Three Percent’s talk from Jorge Volpi, Volpi discusses recent historical novels in Latin America. What is interesting is that after saying there was no Latin American literature, he talks as if there were one. However, he sees in Latin American historical novels a reluctance to deal with the now. The ”historical … Continue reading Jorge Volpi – the Historical Novel in Latin America

Jorge Volpi on Bolaño and American Literary Reaction

Three Percent continues its serialization of Jorge Volpi’s comments on Latin American literature.  In this section he takes American critics to task for building up a Bolaño myth much like that of Jack Kerouac so they could sell the story of a rebel. In contrast, the Spanish language press has looked at Bolaño more in … Continue reading Jorge Volpi on Bolaño and American Literary Reaction

Latin American Literature Does Not Exist Anymore – Jorge Volpi

Three Percent posted part two of Jorge Volpi’s thoughts on Latin American Literature, or perhaps better said, writing that comes from Latin America. Essentially, he states what should be obvious with some fore thought: not all writers in Latin America write about the same thing and the Boom and Magical Realism were nothing more than … Continue reading Latin American Literature Does Not Exist Anymore – Jorge Volpi

Jorge Volpi on Latin American Literature

Three Percent is serializing an excellent lecture by Jorge Volpi about Latin American Literature. In the first installment he is talking about Magical Realism and its suffocating history. Well worth the read. […] Once again we appear as good savages, dominated by superstition and mystery, accustomed to coexisting with the supernatural, or, in the other … Continue reading Jorge Volpi on Latin American Literature

72 Migrantes Artists and Writers Remember the Murdered 72 – Includes Work from Volpi and Poniatowska

72 Migrantes is a site dedicated to the memory of the 72 immigrants murdered in the desert in northern Mexico. Each of the 72 are remembered by a photographer and writer.The photos can be disturbing, but show the realities of the dangerous journey not only crossing the American border, but moving through Mexico from Central … Continue reading 72 Migrantes Artists and Writers Remember the Murdered 72 – Includes Work from Volpi and Poniatowska

Is the Translation of Spanish Works into English the Key to International Success?

Publishing Perspectives has an interesting article that suggests the best way for Latin American writing to get international exposure is to be translated into English. This is especially true if one hopes to break into Asian markets.  It is a fascinating statement, suggesting that English language markets are the gateway into other languages. It gives … Continue reading Is the Translation of Spanish Works into English the Key to International Success?