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?

My Review of The Future Is Not Ours: New Latin American Fiction at the Quarterly Conversation

My review of The Future Is Not Ours is up at the Quarterly Conversation. This came out last week but I´ve been off line for a while. The Future Is Not Ours: New Latin American Fiction edited by Diego Trelles Paz Review by Paul Doyle Editor Diego Trelles Paz notes in his solid and lengthy introduction … Continue reading My Review of The Future Is Not Ours: New Latin American Fiction at the Quarterly Conversation

March 2012 Words Without Borders: The Mexican Drug War

The new Words Without Borders is out now. It is an issue I’ve been looking forward to for sometime, especially since I donated to the Kick Starter campaign. The issue is a mix of non-fiction and fiction all addressing the drug war. I’ve read Volpi before and he can be insightful. I’m looking forward to … Continue reading March 2012 Words Without Borders: The Mexican Drug War

The Black Minutes by Martín Solares – A Review of a Mexican Noir

The Black Minutes Martín Solares Black Cat 2010, pg 436 If you’ve read anything about Mexico in the last few years then you know something about The Black Minutes by Martín Solares. The Black Minutes is one of a growing trend of crime novels that, in some ways, are replacing the novel of the cacique … Continue reading The Black Minutes by Martín Solares – A Review of a Mexican Noir

BabeliAmérica Spain-Latin America On-line Literary Conference Starts Monday

Babelia y El Pais have created an on-line conference that will from Monday October 4 to 10. It will feature authors and artists from Latin America. Babelia will have interviews, profiles, conversations, and other digital means of getting to know the invited artists from Latin America as they discuss the different paths of culture in … Continue reading BabeliAmérica Spain-Latin America On-line Literary Conference Starts Monday

Granta en español Announces Its Best Young Novelists in Spanish

Grant en español has announced their take on the best young novelists in Spanish. You can see a complete list plus links to interviews and other information at El Pais’s blog, Papeles Perdidos. Here is the list of names: Andrés Barba (España), Oliverio Coelho (Argentina), Federico Falco (Argentina), Pablo Gutiérrez (España), Rodrigo Hasbun (Bolivia), Sonia Hernández (España), Carlos Labbé (Chile), Javier Montes (España), Elvira … Continue reading Granta en español Announces Its Best Young Novelists in Spanish

Santiago Roncagliolo Opens the New Season of El Publico Lee

El Publico Lee is opening its new season with an interview with Santiago Roncagliolo. Roncagliolo is a younger Peruvian writer who has written political thrillers and who Jorge Volpi has pointed to as a one of the younger authors who are showing a different approach to writing from Latin America. He has at least one … Continue reading Santiago Roncagliolo Opens the New Season of El Publico Lee

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?

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

Reviewed

This is more a list of what I’ve read. Not everything has been reviewed. Links to my reviews published on other sites are available on my Published page. Title Author Year Read Fracture Andrés Neuman 2020 Garden by the Sea Merce Rodereda 2020 Damned Souls Dimiter Dimov 2020 La guerra (The War) Ana Maria Shua … Continue reading Reviewed

Season of Ash Review Available at The Quarterly Conversation

My review of Jorge Volpi’s Season of Ash is now available at the Quarterly Conversation. I wrote the review before many reviews had come out and it has been interesting to see how much positive press he has gotten. NPR named it one of the best books of foreign fiction this year. As you will … Continue reading Season of Ash Review Available at The Quarterly Conversation

Published

Below are other reviews, essays, and travel writing that have been published in other magazines or websites. The Future Is Not Ours: New Latin American Fiction Quarterly Conversation, Issue 29, Fall 2012 Remaking the Short Story: Four Untranslated Authors from Spain Quarterly Conversation, Issue 27, March 2012 The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda – Mercè … Continue reading Published