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Representative texts and author in Latin America

1. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1924) by Pablo Neruda: Considered one of the
greatest poets in the Spanish language, his push into the literary consciousness was published
when he was only 19.
2. The Aleph and Other Stories (1949) by Jorge Luis Borges:This short story collection by one
of Argentina’s literary gems takes readers on a fantastic voyage through space, time and some
of the most hauntingly beautiful surrealist landscapes.
3. The Burning Plain and Other Stories (1953) by Juan Rulfo:Fifteen short stories offer readers
an incredibly human glimpse into the lives of rural Mexican families and individuals.
4. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (1958) by Jorge Amado: The nation’s tense struggle
between tradition and modernization provide an interesting — if not outright satirical —
backdrop for their odd little love story.
5. Hopscotch (1963) by Julio Cortazar: The title of the novel refers to Cortazar’s brilliant use of
6. One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Easily one of the most
recognized, beloved and studied works of Latin-American literature, the lush One Hundred
Years of Solitude blends the tenets of the modernist, magic realist and Vanguardia movements
into one memorable novel.
7. Conversation in the Cathedral (1969) by Mario Vargas Llosa: As Odria’s dictatorship
plagues Peru, characters hailing from vastly different sociopolitical backgrounds intertwine.
8. The Obscene Bird of Night (1970) by Jose Donoso: Slowly, deftly, this novel explores
questions of time and its intimate, essential relationship with life.
9. I, the Supreme (1974) by Augusto Roa Bastos:
10. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976) by Manuel Puig: This tense stream-of-consciousness novel
is also an essential read for those who enjoy or want to learn more about LGBTQIA literature
as well.
11. The House of the Spirits (1982) by Isabel Allende: Over the course of four generations, the
Trueba Family’s lives intertwine with art and politics in Chile.
12. The House on Mango Street (1984) by Sandra Cisneros:Young Esperanza Cordero comes of
age in one of Chicago’s Puerto Rican and Chicano ghettos. Her lyrical vignettes highlight the
socioeconomic plight of the urban impoverished, the importance of family, sexual awakening
and gender roles. All of Esperanza’s stories intentionally connect in the thinnest possible
fashion, but do an excellent job of highlighting her growth as a person.
13. The Old Gringo (1985) by Carlos Fuentes: The renowned author found inspiration in the
story of American satirist Ambrose Bierce, who utterly disappeared during the Mexican
14. Like Water for Chocolate (1989) by Laura Esquivel: Fans of magic realism and amazing
food would do well to pick up this acclaimed tale of forbidden romance.
15. The Line of the Sun (1989) by Judith Ortiz Cofer: Guzman, considered a plague in his
native Puerto Rico, runs away to the United States with a dream of wealth and acclaim
propelling him forward.
16. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989) by Oscar Hijuelos: A pair of Cuban brothers
forge a new home for themselves in New York City, NY, where they rise to prominence as
celebrated mambo musicians.
17. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991) by Julia Alvarez: Julia Alvarez utilizes a
reverse chronology to delve into the experiences of four sisters who immigrated to the United
States from the Dominican Republic.
18. Dreaming in Cuban (1992) by Cristina Garcia: Narrators, epistles and timelines shift
throughout three generations of women before, during and after immigration to the United
19. Yo-Yo Boing! (1998) by Giannina Braschi: This experimental novel was the first to ever be
published in Spanglish, offering up a literary testimony to the perpetual blurring between
languages and cultures on the American continents.
20. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) by Junot Diaz:Curses and comics define the
life of the doomed eponymous protagonist, who manages to persist through his brutal existence
with surprising grace and tenacity.
1. Yuri Herrera (Mexico): His delusional dystopian stories include nonexistent
epidemics that unearth violence between families and the government’s most fearsome
and Orwellian side.

2. Patricio Pron (Argentina):

3. Daniel Alarcón (Peru): Though he moved from Lima to Alabama when he was 3-
years-old, this Peruvian-American author’s voice remains is wholly Latin American.

4. Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico): Born in 1973 in Mexico City, this author has won
awards for her novels and her short stories.

5. Andres Neuman (Argentina): Probably the most established author on this list,
along with Herrera, is Neuman, who wrote his debut novel, Bariloche, at the age of
22. The traveller of the century (2011), translated into 10 languages, is his most
popular work.

6. Alejandro Zambra (Chile). This novelist and poet is considered by many to be the
most brilliant Chilean writer since Bolaño. The addictive brevity of his work has
received wonderful reviews in the New Yorker.
7. Valeria Luiselli (Mexico): One of the youngest and most talented figures of
Mexican literature.

8. Samanta Schweblin (Argentina): This Argentine author, who lives in Berlin, has
been largely awarded for her work, especially in short fiction stories.