Sunday 2 August 2015

CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT: Latin American authors for your summer reading list

Illustration via Quartz

"For many years Latin American writers complained of living under the shadow of their predecessors: the heavyweights of magical realism like Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa or Carlos Fuentes. And Latin American authors are too often absent from suggested reading lists, despite the demographic shift taking place in America. 
“They have in common a formal audacity, they are very confident in their style and in what they are doing,” Valerie Miles, founder of the Spanish edition of Granta Magazine, told Quartz about this generation of authors. “The ideas about politics are not so obvious in their writing as they were in the writers of the boom: politics becomes something more intimate that comes out from the daily life with the partner, children… not from the state.”
Quartz have have put together a list of Latin American authors, highlighting books that may not be necessarily the most recent, but those that are translated, edited or easier to find in English. "No matter what the must-reads table at your bookstore says: there is life beyond Roberto Bolaño and Junot Díaz." Have a look at the list in Quartz. E.T.P. 5'

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