Category Archives: Books in Spanish

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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Thus Bad Begins-Javier Marias

This most recent novel by Javier Marías is set around 1980, four or five years after the death of Franco. Taking this period, la transición, as one of its themes, it depicts a nation coming up for air after nearly … Continue reading

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Cinco esquinas by Mario Vargas Llosa.

This latest novel by Mario Vargas Llosa is a compelling and provocative story about the press, sex and power. Set in Lima, the story takes place in the 90s and early 2000s against a backdrop of kidnappings and murders carried … Continue reading

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Las Reputaciones- Juan Gabriel Vasquez ( translated into English as ‘Reputations’ by Anne Mclean)

This slim novel by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (author of ‘The Sound of Things Falling’ and ‘Dogs of War’) is set again in his native Columbia. The protagonist, Javier Mallarino, is a political cartoonist and the book deals with the fragility … Continue reading

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10 books to read about Peru

Here is a personal whistle stop tour of some books I read about Peru which helped me understand that vast and complex country a little better: Andes by Michael Jacobs is travel writing at its very best. The book describes … Continue reading

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This too shall pass- Milena Busquets, translated by Valerie Miles

I came across this novel via the Women’s Literature blog Literary Friction  and their August translation spot. It’s a novel set in Barcelona and Cadaqués, where I spent some time hanging around in my youth, and so I tuned in to … Continue reading

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I’ll sell you a dog- Juan Pablo Villalobos translated by Rosalind Harvey

I laughed out loud- in restaurants, on the beach, in the plane- reading this brilliantly comic novel by Villalobos, recently published by And Other Stories in translation by Rosalind Harvey. The novel is set in Mexico City and opens with … Continue reading

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