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?
Melanie Pérez Ortiz has an interesting piece in 80 Grados suggesting that Junot Diaz’s newest book, This Is How You Lose Her, is returning to some of the formulas of The Boom. Oritiz finds it strange that American’s would find his book so interesting and notes that while the exoticism of magical realism that marks The … Continue reading Junot Diaz Returns to the Formulas of the Boom?
The Quarterly Conversation for Winter 2013 is out now. It looks quite interesting. On first glance what catches my is an interviews with Jorge Volpi. Below are just a few that caught my eye. The Latin American Hologram: An Interview with Jorge Volpi Interview by Diego Azurdia and Carlos Fonseca Certainly there is some … Continue reading Quarterly Conversation Winter 2013 Out Now
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
Carlos Fuentes was one of the first writers who I can really remember inspiring my interest in writing. I was not a reader of literature before I got to college. I read history, but fiction wasn’t something I thought much about. It took sometime for literature to interest me. The first author I can remember … Continue reading My Appreciation of Mexican Author Carlos Fuentes, RIP
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 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
I haven’t heard about this author before, just his competitors which were some big names. Supposedly, the thing that makes this award a big deal are the judges: they are all writers. Since I’m not a prize aficionado, even though I may appear so in these pages, I don’t know how rare a feat that … Continue reading Arturo Fontaine wins the first Las Américas Prize
El Pais has a two post overview of the new and noteworthy books of spring. There are some big names, probably the most famous is Javier Marias and Jorge Volpi who has had three early novellas reissued by Paginas de Espuma, and Alejandro Zambra. An authors of note not available in English of note is … Continue reading New Spanish Language Fiction of Note for Spring
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
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
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
Alfredo Bryce Echenique has published his most recent book, La esposa del rey de las curvas. It is his first book in a few years and he was in Bolivia recently talking about it and his reputation for drinking. Many of his books have been translated into English, so if you are curious you can … Continue reading Peruvian Author Alfredo Bryce Echenique On His Writing and Drinking
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?
Martín Solares novel The Black Minutes was reviewed by the NY Times. It is a positive review and for a crime novel it sounds a little atypical. Perhaps one of the reasons it was translated was it has a sense of the urgent with characters involved in the drug trade and corruption, something that is … Continue reading Martín Solares’ Mexican Noir Novel Reviewed at NY Times
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
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
Perhaps I’m being a little snarky, but when you write a negative review and NPR and the like says it is one of the best translated books of the year, you might feel a little annoyed. But now Scott at the Quarterly Conversation points out that the NY Times has given it a bad review, … Continue reading Vindication: The NY Times Doesn’t Like Season of Ash Either
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
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