Dive Into The World of Latin American Literature| 12 July, 2021
Unlike other parts of the world, Latin America doesn’t seem to be synonymous with literature. But it’s not the case. The continent was home to many brilliant writers. Here’s a selection of the best novels and works of writers from Latin America. It is really worth a summer reading. Which author have you read so far?
1. The City and the Dogs by Mario Vargas Llosa (1963)
One of the most famous novels by the Peruvian Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, he received the Breve Library Prize for the best Spanish-language work in the world in 1962. The novel is about the life of a military school, where boys are sent to become men. In fact, this is a world of cruelty, humiliation, and meanness, where the souls of young cadet boys are destroyed. This work is studied at the universities with a book review assignment to be completed, while a good sample can be requested from the writing services by the due date.
2. The Game of Classics by Julio Cortazar (1963)
The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda said that those who do not read this Argentine author would suffer from “a serious invisible disease.” This experimental play novel is considered an example of a postmodern anti-novel. The author offers at least two reading techniques: the book’s order should be read and established by the reader. It can be followed using a diagram or pointers at the end of each section. All chapters of the novel, except for the penultimate one, fall into the scheme.
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967)
It is a truly legendary novel by yet another Nobel Laureate, with millions of fans worldwide. He showed the direction of magical realism to the mass reader. The story is about exploring Colombian myths and history through the magical story of the many generations of the Buendía family.
4. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene (1940)
This is a novel by British writer Graham Greene about a Catholic priest in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s. At the same time, severe persecution of the Catholic Church by the Red Shirts military organization took place in the country. Contrary to the order of the authorities, the main character, under pain of being shot without trial or investigation, continues to walk in remote villages (his wife and his child live in one of them), serve Mass, baptize, confess and receive communion with his parishioners.
Of course, these are only some magnificent novels written by Latin American writers or that have stories based in Latin America. But if it has sparked your interest, be sure to explore this grand world of stories!
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