Category Archives: Books set in South America

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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In conversation with Julianne Pachico-from Colombia to Sheffield

I was bowled over to discover that Julianne Pachico, writer of The Lucky Ones, is teaching at our very own Sheffield Hallam University, and even more thrilled when she agreed to have an interview with me at Peak Reads. Julianne’s career … 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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Short walks from Bogota-Journeys in the New Colombia- Tom Feiling

Contrary to what the title might suggest this is not a walking guide, but a book about contemporary Colombia. Its author,Tom Feiling, is something of an expert on the country, having worked for the TUC in a previous life as … 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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Bogota 39- New Voices from Latin America-a feast of writing and the feat of translation-edited by Juliet Mabey-Hay Festival/ One World

In 2007 the Bogotá39 project identified and promoted 39 promising young writers from Latin America, bringing the works of writers like Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Junot Díaz to a wider readership. This 2018 collection follows on from the original with, … Continue reading

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