Mexican Narco Literature Overview at La Jornada

The Sunday supplement of La Jornada has an interesting overview of narco literature in Mexico. Unfortunately, the books mentioned reflect a Mexico that has become more violent in areas where drugs and corruption have taken over. Worse, the author notes, is that Mexican’s have lost their ability to be shocked by these events and their … Continue reading Mexican Narco Literature Overview at La Jornada

Forget Magical Realism-It’s The Narco Novel in Latin America

El País and Global Newsroom Americas have an articles on the boom in narco novels in Latin America. From countries like Mexico and Columbia and places like Puerto Rico, the narco novel is replacing the novel of the dictator and, instead, replacing it with stories of drug lords and the violence that comes with it. … Continue reading Forget Magical Realism-It’s The Narco Novel in Latin America

Granta en Español 13 Featuring Mexican Writing + New Bolaño

The new Granta en Español has or is about to come out. It is featuring writers from Mexico in an edition that focuses on narco lit and anti narco lit, in a kind of battle of opposites. From El Pais Siempre ha estado ahí pero, en los últimos años, se ha visto eclipsada por la repercusión mediática … Continue reading Granta en Español 13 Featuring Mexican Writing + New Bolaño

Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America by Derek Lundy – A Review

Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America by Derek Lundy Vintage Canada Editions, 2011, pg 421 There are two broad kinds of journalism: the dispassionate omnipotent writing that is standard in news papers and most news magazines; and the first person experiential story of exploration and quite often adventure. The latter type lends itself to travel … Continue reading Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America by Derek Lundy – A Review

Violence and Horacio Castellanos Moya – A Review of His Book from Letras Libres

Letras Libres has a good review of Horacio Castellanos Moya’s newest book La sirvienta y el luchador ( The Servant and the Fighter). It is a continuation of the Salvadorean saga that he has been constructing over the last decade, and charts the troubles that have marked generations of the country. This is the fourth book in the … Continue reading Violence and Horacio Castellanos Moya – A Review of His Book from Letras Libres

Elena Poniatowska Wins Premio Biblioteca Breve Prize for 2011 + Video

The Mexican author Elena Poniatowska has won the Premio Biblioteca Breve 2011 for a novel based on the life of Leonora Carrington. From El Pais La escritora mexicana Elena Poniatowska (París, 1932) ha ganado el Premio Biblioteca Breve 2011 de la editorial Seix Barral con la novela Leonora, basada en la vida de la pintora Leonora Carrington, también de … Continue reading Elena Poniatowska Wins Premio Biblioteca Breve Prize for 2011 + Video

New Carlos Fuentes Novel, Destiny and Desire, Reviewed at New York Magazine

New York Magazine has a review Destiny and Desire (La Voluntad y la Fortuna), which unfortunately is more about him than the book. It starts off alright but goes into all his controversies (not a bad thing if you don’t know about them). However, I mention the review because it shows, albeit briefly, where Fuentes … Continue reading New Carlos Fuentes Novel, Destiny and Desire, Reviewed at New York Magazine

Where Have the Latin American Novelists and the Dictators Gone?

Ilan Stavans has an article in the Chronicle Review looking at the demise of Latin American novelists who were politically engaged. I think the article provides a good overview of the boom authors, but I think it is a little weak when describing younger authors. Certainly there are authors who haven’t been politically engaged like … Continue reading Where Have the Latin American Novelists and the Dictators Gone?

Carlos Fuentes New Book: A Tired Work From a Tired Writer – Letras Libres

Letras Libres has a review of Carlos Fuentes’ newest book, Adán en Edén. It is not a faltering review to say the least. The reviewer notes that the book is a tired political novel that is more telanovela (soap opera) than inspired fiction, that his writing style is a mishmash of styles that he seems … Continue reading Carlos Fuentes New Book: A Tired Work From a Tired Writer – Letras Libres