miércoles, 10 de diciembre de 2008

Exploration: Latin American Reading Challenge

Katrina of Katrina's Reads is hosting a Latin American-themed reading challenge during the first four months of 2009 (details = here). Although I'm not sure how geeked up I am about the whole challenge thing these days, this one looks right up my Mexican-American alley! Anyway, here's a list of the four books I'm thinking about reading as part of the challenge:
  • Roberto Bolaño, Amuleto
  • Julio Cortázar, Rayuela
  • Rodrigo Fresán, Mantra
  • Gabriel García Márquez, Cien años de soledad

If you like book lists and/or modern literature in general, make sure you check out Semana.com's 2007 suggestions for what they consider las mejores 100 novelas de la lengua española de los últimos 25 años. From what I've read off that list, those people know what they're talking about.

2009 EDIT: Actual Books Read Below

  • Julia Alvarez, In the Time of the Butterflies (review)
  • Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (review)
  • José Emilio Pacheco, Las batallas en el desierto (review)
  • Roberto Bolaño, Amuleto (review)

5 comentarios:

  1. Good luck for your Latin American reading list. Personally I've only read "Cien años de soledad" (twice!), but I love Cortazar, I've read many of his short stories and they are amazing...

  2. this looks like an excellent challenge :) I am going to do this one too for sure.

  3. *Katrina: Thank you! Looking forward to the challenge.

    *Stefania: Thanks! I like all the authors on the list, of course, but I'm particularly excited to FINALLY get around to reading the two Cortázar and García Márquez books I've been "avoiding" for so long. No more excuses!

  4. Bethany: I agree on how excellent this looks...plus I need something like this to keep me busy till your own awesome Orbis Terrarum 2009 Challenge kicks off in the spring! Anyway, glad you'll be in on this one too--and I look forward to seeing what books wind up on your list.