Books By Latin American

In this article we will discuss about best Latin American books, Latin American literature has always embodied the most mystical and unusual aspects of the written word. The other side of the pond is found in these best books of Latin American novels to the best representatives when it comes to delving into those stories of lost peoples, unique characters, and political criticism, which were defined largely by the so-called “Latin American boom” of the 1960s, which found its main ambassador in magical realism.

These include a fantastic, semi-magical edge to otherwise standard narratives, a raw, realistic depiction of the harshness of everyday life, and a complicated, often tense relationship with the country to the north that has appropriated the name of an entire landmass or two. Of course, you’ll find everything from a heartbreaking memoir to a hilarious farce to a scorching romance to nail-biting action in Latin American-authored literature. So read on, and then read some more.

Here is the list of Best Books By Latin American

Ariana Harwicz’s Feebleminded

A young woman and her mother coexist in interiors: inside a country, in a stagnant suburban landscape crisscrossed by highways; inside a home, where three generations of women distrust anything outside the house, anything that tries to come in and, especially, anything that tries to leave, because once outside, promises are not guaranteed to be kept. We find empty, dissolving bottles, new mud, and the various possibilities of a summer sky in the place explored by the narrative voice of this story.

It is a place rife with unresolved issues. Ariana Harwicz’s writing confronts us with the true weight of everything that surrounds and constitutes the women’s seemingly meagre existence in that claustrophobic home. Feebleminded, Argentine writer Ariana Harwicz’s novel of the perpetual present, is a precise, intense, cruel mosaic that demands we read thoughtfully, never hastily.

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Pedro Páramo

This magnificent short novel from Mexico describes a man’s odd hunt for his ancestors and is a bizarre masterpiece. Traveler books  to Comala after his dying mother begs him to find his father, Pedro Paramo, from whom they escaped years ago. Comala is a village full of whispers and shadows, a place that appears to be filled solely by memory and hallucinations. Its bleak and broken-down streets resound the voices of anguished souls sharing the secrets of the past, built on the dictatorship of the Paramo dynasty.

Pedro Páramo, first published to critical and popular acclaim in 1955, marked a significant departure from earlier, mostly “realist” Latin American novels. Rulfo’s mesmerizing blend of vivid sensory impressions, violent passions, and mysterious sorcery, dubbed “magical realism,” has had a tremendous impact on later Latin American writers ranging from Jos’ Donors and Carlos Fuentes to Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Márquez.

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A house in the country

While the Ventura family elders go on a much-anticipated day-long picnic, the family’s 33 young cousins are left to their own devices. Their games, childish customs, and merciless commands are taken to delirious, nightmarish extremes, and the boundaries between the outside and inside of the family property begin to merge.

A House in the Country is written in baroque writing, full of rococo allegories that recall an unsettling summer ceremony at Versailles, and is aware of the many ways fiction can be both beautiful and utterly hideous. The book is an allegory of class dynamics in Chile at the time of composition, and by extension, of any extractive, non-industrialized territory declared a nation or a kingdom. It is enriched by a meta-narrative layer in which the author imagines the likely attitudes of aristocratic Chilean readers.

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Afterlife (Julia Alvarez)

A poignant story about love, sorrow, and loneliness from the celebrated author of “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents” and “In the Time of the Butterflies.” “Afterlife” follows Antonia, a recently widowed writing professor dealing with the challenges that life (literally) throws at her. Alvarez, a Dominican American literary pioneer, told NBC News that she was startled by how timely the topics in her story turned out to be. “When we composed it, we felt like we were living in these elegiac times, where so many things we adored were coming to an end.” It’s about an individual dealing with a shattered society.”

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The House of the Spirits (lsabel Allende)

This debut novel established Allende as a great author of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, carrying on the tradition of the sweeping epic with a dash of magic. The novel follows numerous generations of a Chilean family through all of life’s ups and downs, and then some. Beyond the turmoil of the Trueba family is the nameless country’s upheaval, in which young Alba Trueba will play a vital role. And don’t only see the 1993 film adaptation, despite its stellar cast. Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Glenn Close, and Antonia Banderas are all on the list.

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When I Was Puerto Rican (Esmeralda Santiago)

Esmeralda Santiago is an American by birth, having been born in Puerto Rico, but reading about her childhood on the island and young adulthood after the family migrated to New York makes one wonder what that truly means. Her experience bears all the markers of an immigrant’s journey, except for the necessity to get citizenship or avoid exclusion due to a lack of it: the culture she knew and loved as a child is nearly unrecognizable in her new home. But Santiago made it, graduating from Harvard, writing several famous novels, and becoming a champion for disturbed adolescents, battered women, and public libraries, among other things.

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Dirty Havana Trilogy (Pedro Juan Gutiérrez)

The Dirty Havana Trilogy follows Pedro Juan, a former journalist who is now living hand to mouth in and around Cuba, partly horrified and half captivated by the depths he has gone. Pedro Juan scrapes by under the shadow of famine, collecting garbage, peddling marijuana or black-market produce, clearing undesirables off the streets, whoring himself, begging, sacrificing to the Santos, all the while surviving through the escapist pursuit of sex.

Pedro Juan’s unflinching, satirical, yet sympathetic gaze exposes a disturbing underside of contemporary Cuba. Gutierrez’s picaresque novel, banned in Cuba but adored throughout the Spanish-speaking world, is a fiery, loving ode to Havana and the rebellious, desperate manner of life that thrives amid its degradation.

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The Purple Land (WH Hudson)

This English-language novel, published in 1885, depicts a Victorian expat’s South American fantasy and was praised by Ernest Hemingway for its portrayals of local landscape. Richard Lamb is an Englishman who marries a young Argentine woman without her father’s permission before crossing the river to Uruguay, where he becomes involved in some ugly gaucho battles and some messy local women.

It reflects the history book turmoil of the Rio de la Plata region during the mid-nineteenth century and acts as a kind of allegory of civilization and barbarism. Hudson, a skilled naturalist and ornithologist, vividly depicts the environment of estancias and rolling plains, rheas and deer, cattle and horses. For its “elemental” strength, Jorge Luis Borges compared the novel to Homer’s Odyssey.

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Thursday Night Widows  (Claudia Piñeiro)

Don’t read this if you want to visit the Buenos Aires of guidebook cliché. The story, published in 2005, takes place in the Cascade Heights Country Club, a gated estate outside of Buenos Aires where wealthy families live like Europeans – while society outside the walls is riven by crime and poverty, and the economy is tanking. The suburban ideal is shattered when three men are murdered in unexplained circumstances. The title’s symbolic “widows” are the spouses whose husbands spend Thursday nights drinking and playing cards. Thursday Night Widows is a wonderful thriller, but it’s also a grim fable about institutional brutality and the criminality that supports keeping up appearances.

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Multiple Choice (Alejandro Zambra)

Multiple Choice, by Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra, is based on the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test, a multiple choice test that students took in their last year of high school until 2003. It includes problems like “mark the response that best arranges the sentences to produce a coherent text” and “finish the sentence using the right elements.” Mark the answer that best fits the sentence.” Like Nancy, it is a little volume that pushes you to read attentively and re-read, even becoming, in some ways, the book’s own author.

While addressing the ways in which Augusto Pinochet’s administration stifled intellectual curiosity and originality, this book very self-consciously debunks the notion of a single proper interpretation, instead focusing on reading as a sequence of choices made by a reader in dynamic interaction with a text. The end result is hilarious, desperate, thought-provoking, and gorgeous.

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Final Words

In Latin American writing, sense of location is frequently political. Even magical realism, which takes amazing liberties with the outlines of towns and pueblos, jungles and rivers, is grounded in the characters’ living, breathing, dying, and contending worlds. Over five centuries, Hispanic authors have borrowed from and fought European notions about their environment, adapting and reworking imported traditions to capture the liveliness and vicissitudes of their own continent.

I hope you understand this article, Books By Latin American.

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