Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ten essential 21st-century Spanish-language books

Elvira Navarro was named by Granta magazine one of the “Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists” in 2010, and she was declared one of the major Spanish voices of the future by the magazine El Cultural in 2013.

One of the author's ten favorite Spanish-language books published this century, as shared at Publishers Weekly:
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez, trans. Megan McDowell

In her short story collection Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego, which has become an international bestseller, Mariana Enríquez offers a masterly reappraisal of the horror genre and a different view of reality, with a good dose of subtle political criticism and everyday distortion. And all this without the loss of the spine-chilling effects of the genre. The collection includes a child murderer, women who protest against gender-related violence by setting themselves on fire, haunted houses, and suburbs that act as a depiction of society as a whole.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue