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N. Scott Momaday – House Made of Dawn (1968)

“In 1969, N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, helping usher in the Native American Renaissance. It was his first novel and second published book, after the folkloric The Journey of Tai-me (1967). The … Continue reading

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Conversation in the Cathedral – Mario Vargas Llosa (1969)

“Few Latin American writers have attempted to create so ambitious and complicated a body of work as Mario Vargas Llosa. In one decade (his first novel was published in 1963) this 38‐year‐old Peruvian has published three long novels, two short … Continue reading

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Aura – Carlos Fuentes (1962)

“Aura is a short novel written by Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes, first published in 1962 in Mexico. This novel is considered as a fantastic literature for its remarkable description of ‘dreamlike’ themes and the complexion of “double identity” portrayed by … Continue reading

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Miguel Angel Asturias – Strong Wind (1968)

Tristes Tropiques – V.S. Pritchett (May 1969): “On its polite and somehow always politic annual round, the Nobel Prize was given in 1967 to Miguel Angel Asturias, who is known as an important Guatemalan diplomat and a sensitive novelist of … Continue reading

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Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon – Jorge Amado (1962)

“Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (Portuguese: Gabriela, cravo e canela) is a Brazilian modernist novel. It was written by Jorge Amado in 1958 and published in English in 1962. It is widely considered one of his finest works. Gabriela, Clove and … Continue reading

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Gregory Rabassa

“Gregory Rabassa once received the ultimate accolade for a translator: his author admitted he thought Rabassa’s translation was better than the original. And since the author was Gabriel García Márquez, and the book One Hundred Years of Solitude, this was … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Avon Bard?

“Among other things, the book imprint, Avon Bard, was known for its surreal, often dream-like and vivid covers. Also distinctive was the white banner across the top of the cover announcing the title, author’s name and one or two short … Continue reading

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