Category Archives: Books in Spanish

Canciones para el incendio, Songs for the Flames- Juan Gabriel Vasquez

This wonderful collection of nine short stories is the latest work from Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez and powerfully explores familiar themes and ideas in new and varied settings. Bookended by two stories arising from different historical conflicts in Colombia, … Continue reading

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Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor translated by Sophie Hughes

Hurricane Season, by Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor, is shortlisted for the Booker International Prize 2020. Set in the impoverished fictional village of La Matosa on the coast of Mexico it’s both a crime story and an account of poverty, violence, … Continue reading

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Temporada de Avispas- Wasp Season- by Elisa Ferrer

Nuria wakes up in her ex-boyfriend’s bed with the mother of all hangovers. She’s at a low ebb. She’s recently lost her job as a magazine cartoonist due to cutbacks and she can’t stop seeing Juan though they split some … Continue reading

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Berta Isla by Javier Marias translated by Margaret Jull Costa

For a while, she wasn’t sure her husband was her husband, much as, when you’re dozing, you’re not sure whether you’re thinking or dreaming, whether you’re actually in charge of your own thoughts or have completely lost track of them … Continue reading

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The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zeran translated by Sophie Hughes

This superb novel, skilfully translated by Sophie Hughes, tells the story of three young people whose lives have been shaped by their parents’ political activism during the Pinochet era in Chile. Narrated alternately by Iquela and Felipe, the action starts … Continue reading

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10 Books to read about Colombia

When I was planning my trip to Colombia this year  a common observation was ‘is it safe now? What about all the drugs and violence?’ It is true that Colombia has known several decades of violence in which thousands of … Continue reading

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La Perra- The Dog- by Pilar Quintana

I was really excited to come across this moving short novel by Pilar Quintana when in Colombia last winter. The writer was profiled in Semana in January when she was awarded the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana for La Perra– this … Continue reading

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The Shape of the Ruins-La forma de las Ruinas- by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated by Anne McLean

This most recent novel by the acclaimed Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a complex, almost labyrinthine novel which examines history through the lens of conspiracy theories and theorists. It is multi layered in that it deals with two pivotal … Continue reading

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Delirium-by Laura Restrepo

This brilliant and moving novel, set in Colombia, begins when Aquilar returns from a short trip to find that his wife has gone crazy: he left her decorating their apartment and returned to find her in a random hotel room, … Continue reading

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The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated by Anne McLean-a Colombian story?

This is a story of informers and betrayal. Set in the Colombia of 1991, the narrative goes back to the Second World War and Colombia’s role as a place of refuge for Europeans of every political hue: German Jewish escapees … Continue reading

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