We all have our go-to authors; those we place on auto-buy. Those who will bring calm, an escape into a different world far away from daily struggles. Predictability, perhaps; the comfort of knowing, this is probably going to be a book you will love. They do not have to be the most accomplished writers, the most crafted, the most popular. They just have to be … Continue reading Untamed Shore or my favorite book by Silvia Moreno Garcia.
Book purchases surged at the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic. We were home, with lots of time on our hands, and novels about pandemics, particularly, dystopian, seemed like an escape that was relatable. A way of coping when we had very little options at hand. There were quite a few to pick from: The Plague by Albert Camus, sold out quickly, and Agustina Bazterrica’s Tender … Continue reading Book Review: The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera
clac clac clac. Steps approaching. That feeling that someone – or something – is watching you from the darkness, hidden from view. But you can feel it, its presence slowly approaching, towering over you, overpowering. Fear. That copper taste in your mouth, and the world pauses. Fear. But is it your instinct for survival kicking in or are you a child frightened by shadows? The … Continue reading Book Review: Before by Carmen Boullosa or growing up is scary
Latin-American women are becoming very popular for horror or spooky stories. Last year it was all about Mexican Gothic, and this year The Dangers of Smoking in Bed; but the truth is that they’ve been writing great scary stories for almost 100 years. María Luisa Bombal (Chile), wrote the first story of the genre of magical realism in 1935, “House of Mist”. Trying to fit … Continue reading Latinas in Translation: Let’s get spooked!
The Roar of Morning by Tip Muragg takes us for a ride through the island of Curaçao. It’s a sleepless night, and a man drinking both Dutch beer and whisky looks back at his life, and tumultuous events in the South American Continent. I was so surprised to find a novel written in Dutch, about a former Dutch colony to be so Latin-American in flavor. … Continue reading Book Review: The Roar of the Morning by Tip Muragg
I LOVED Mexican Gothic more than I thought I would. And it’s not that it was over-hyped (was it?), or any of the negative comments circulating about it. It’s just that horror and romance are not my genres. But I did love it. I loved how it was slow paced, building up the excitement until past mid-book. I loved how authentic it felt, all those … Continue reading Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
August is Women in Translation Month, and a good opportunity to explore some new territory. I am one who shies away from reading Latinx authors translated into English, but it’s so hard to get affordable copies in original version in Dallas that I threw the towel and got “Fish Soup” by Margarita García Robayo from my local library. This is actually a collection of two … Continue reading Book Review: Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo
Borges and I is classified as a memoir or non-fiction. I thought it was a book of non-fiction, a memoir or travel diary of sorts. So throughout the book I felt puzzled by Borges as a character, by Jay Parini’s own depiction of himself but mostly how did so many of Borges’ stories were woven into the text. The way that the plot advanced, seemed … Continue reading Book Review: Borges and I
This review includes spoilers. I don’t usually mind them since I feel that they allow me to understand the book better from the start, but if you do, please do not read any further. A spoiler-free review has been posted to my Instagram page (@literaryinfatuation). If I could sum up this short and captivating novel in one word I’d say: Resurrection. José, husband of Laura … Continue reading Book Review: Petite Fleur by Iosi Havilio or A Novel On Resurrection (Spoilers!)