Category Archives: Books set in South America

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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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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At Night We Walk in Circles- Daniel Alarcon

This latest novel by Daniel Alarcón brings another dimension to the portrayal of contemporary Peru seen in his brilliant short story collection ‘War by Candlelight’ : the villages of the Andes where ‘the thin air is magical’ and ‘everything is a … Continue reading

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El heroe discreto by Mario Vargas Llosa- The discreet hero, translated by Edith Grossman

Mario Vargas Llosa’s latest novel has just come out, in English translation, in paperback, so all you readers who loved Aunt Julia and the scriptwriter, reviewed here, have some fun in store. True, this novel is the 16th ( or … Continue reading

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