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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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The Green House – Mario Vargas Llosa (1966)

“The Green House (Original title: La Casa Verde) is the second novel by the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, published in 1966. The novel is set over a period of forty years (from the early part of the 20th century … Continue reading

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