Best Caribbean & Latin American Literary Criticism Books

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1. The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition) (English and Spanish Edition)

Author: by Pablo Neruda
City Lights Publishers
English, Spanish
200 pages

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This bilingual collection of Neruda’s most essential poems is indispensable. Selected by a team of poets and prominent Neruda scholars in both Chile and the U.S., this is a definitive selection that draws from the entire breadth and width of Neruda’s various styles and themes.

An impressive group of translators that includes Alistair Reid, Stephen Mitchell, Robert Hass, Stephen Kessler and Jack Hirschman, have come together to revisit or completely retranslate the poems; and a handful of previously untranslated works are included as well. This selection sets the standard for a general, high-quality introduction to Neruda’s complete oeuvre.”…

The Essential Neruda will prove to be, for most readers, the best introduction to Neruda available in English. In fact, I can think of few other books that have given me so much delight so easily. “-The Austin Chronicle”This book is a must-have for any reader interested in a definitive sampling of the most essential poems by one whom many consider one of the best poets of the 20th century.”-Mike Nobles,Tulsa World”A splendid way to begin a love affair with our Pablo or, having already succumbed to his infinite charms, revisit him passionately again and again and yet again.”-Ariel Dorfman, author of Death and the Maiden”The editors and translators know how to extract gold from a lifetime of prolific writing.

2. Poetics of Relation

Author: by Edouard Glissant

256 pages

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Douard Glissant, long recognized in the French and francophone world as one of the greatest writers and thinkers of our times, is increasingly attracting attention from English-speaking readers. Born in Martinique in 1928, Glissant earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne. When he returned to his native land in the mid-sixties, his writing began to focus on the idea of a “relational poetics,” which laid the groundwork for the “crolit” movement, fueled by the understanding that Caribbean culture and identity are the positive products of a complex and multiple set of local historical circumstances.

Some of the metaphors of local identity Glissant favored-the hinterland (or lack of it), the maroon (or runaway slave), the creole language-proved lasting and influential. In Poetics of Relation, Glissant turns the concrete particulars of Caribbean reality into a complex, energetic vision of a world in transformation.

He sees the Antilles as enduring suffering imposed by history, yet as a place whose unique interactions will one day produce an emerging global consensus. Arguing that the writer alone can tap the unconscious of a people and apprehend its multiform culture to provide forms of memory capable of transcending “nonhistory,” Glissant defines his “poetics of relation”-both aesthetic and political-as a transformative mode of history, capable of enunciating and making concrete a French-Caribbean reality with a self-defined past and future.

3. I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature Translated from French)

Author: by Maryse Condé
246 pages

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This wild and entertaining novel expands on the true story of the West Indian slave Tituba, who was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, arrested in 1692, and forgotten in jail until the general amnesty for witches two years later. Maryse Cond brings Tituba out of historical silence and creates for her a fictional childhood, adolescence, and old age.

She turns her into what she calls “a sort of female hero, an epic heroine, like the legendary Nanny of the maroons,'” who, schooled in the sorcery and magical ritual of obeah, is arrested for healing members of the family that owns her.

CARAF Books:Caribbean and African Literature Translated from FrenchThis book has been supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agencY.

4. Wide Sargasso Sea (Norton Critical Editions)

Author: by Jean Rhys
288 pages

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Written over the course of twenty-one years and published in 1966, Wide Sargasso Sea, based on Charlotte Bront’s Jane Eyre, takes place in Jamaica and Dominica in 183945. Textual notes illuminate the novel’s historical background, regional references, and the non-translated Creole and French phrases necessary to fully understand this powerful story.

Backgrounds includes a wealth of material on the novel’s long evolution, it connections to Jane Eyre, and Rhys’s biographical impressions of growing up in Dominica. Criticism introduces readers to the critical debates inspired by the novel with a Derek Walcott poem and eleven essays.

5. Borges: Selected Non-Fictions

Author: by Jorge Luis Borges
576 pages

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism It will come as a surprise to some readers that the greater part of Jorge Luis Borges’s extraordinary writing was not in the genres of fiction or poetry, but in the various forms of non-fiction prose.

His thousands of pages of essays, reviews, prologues, lectures, and notes on politics and culturethough revered in Latin America and Europe as among his finest workhave scarcely been translated into English.

6. Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature

Author: by Yomaira C Figueroa-Vásquez
296 pages

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Mapping literature from Spanish-speaking sub-Saharan African and Afro-Latinx Caribbean diasporas, Decolonizing Diasporas argues that the works of diasporic writers and artists from Equatorial Guinea, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba offer new worldviews that unsettle and dismantle the logics of colonial modernity.

With women of color feminisms and decolonial theory as frameworks, Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vsquez juxtaposes Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic diasporic artists, analyzing work by Nelly Rosario, Juan Toms vila Laurel, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Donato Ndongo, Junot Daz, Aracelis Girmay, Loida Maritza Prez, Ernesto Quionez, Christina Olivares, Joaqun Mbomio Bacheng, Ibeyi, Daniel Jos Older, and Mara Magdalena Campos-Pons.

Figueroa-Vsquez’s study reveals the thematic, conceptual, and liberatory tools these artists offer when read in relation to one another. Decolonizing Diasporas examines how themes of intimacy, witnessing, dispossession, reparations, and futurities are remapped in these works by tracing interlocking structures of oppression, including public and intimate forms of domination, sexual and structural violence, sociopolitical and racial exclusion, and the haunting remnants of colonial intervention.

7. Rise of the Rainbow Tribe: Of Angels, Jinns & Warriors

Author: by Jannel Mohammed
324 pages

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Rise of the Rainbow Tribe – Young Adult – Urban FantasyIn an affluent neighbourhood in West Toronto, a precocious and privileged teenage girl, Shakti Clairemont, is not your average teenager. She’s painfully awkward, introverted and blessed with clairvoyance. Ordained by the spirit world, Shakti sets out on a quest to combat the enormous and polarizing issue of climate change.

Armed with her best friends, Hikaru and Zoe, she embarks on a series of events and milestone moments to uncover sublimely inconvenient truths about the world. But first, she must find her place amongst the prophetic Rainbow Tribe. When a catastrophic event hits close to home, Shakti will risk everything to accomplish her impossible task.

While mysterious dark creatures haunt her every move, the pressure to succeed mounts. Earth hangs by a thread. Shakti’s world is about to expand through heaven and hell on an elusive scale of destiny.Good Luck, Shakti. You’re going to need it.

Rise of the Rainbow TribeCopyright 2020 by Jannel MohammedAll rights reserved – 1st Edition, October 2020

8. Before Night Falls: A Memoir

Author: by Reinaldo Arenas
Penguin Books
317 pages

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“Any attempt to reckon with Cuba’s torturous twentieth century will have to take into account Arenas’s monumental work … An essential human testimony, joyful and enraged, a triumph of conscience.” – Garth GreenwellThe acclaimed memoir of queer Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas chronicling his tumultuous yet luminary life, from his impoverished upbringing in Cuba to his imprisonment at the hands of a Communist regimeThe astonishing memoir by visionary Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas “is a book above all about being free,” said The New York Review of Books-sexually, politically, artistically.

Arenas recounts a stunning odyssey from his poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba and his adolescence as a rebel fighting for Castro, through his supression as a writer, imprisonment as a homosexual, his flight from Cuba via the Mariel boat lift, and his subsequent life and the events leading to his death in New York.

In what The Miami Herald calls his “deathbed ode to eroticism,” Arenas breaks through the code of secrecy and silence that protects the privileged in a state where homosexuality is a political crime. Recorded in simple, straightforward prose, this is the true story of the Kafkaesque life and world re-created in the author’s acclaimed novels.

9. Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real (Modern Library Classics)

Author: by Dora Alonso
Modern Library
246 pages

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Updated and expanded throughout with new illustrations and new material, this is the long- awaited second edition of a highly acclaimed and interdisciplinary book which quickly established itself as a seminal text in its field.

12. Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Landmarks of World Literature)

Author: by Michael Wood
May 31, 1990

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One Hundred Years of Solitude is perhaps the most important landmark of the so-called ‘Boom’ in contemporary Latin American fiction. Published in 1967, the novel was an instant success, running to hundreds of editions, winning four international prizes, and being translated into 27 languages.

In 1982, its author received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Michael Wood places the novel in the context of modern Colombia’s violent history, and helps the reader to explore the rich and complex vision of the world which Garcia Marquez presents in it.

Close reference is made to the text itself (in English translation), and there is a guide to further reading.

13. The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives

Author: by Lucy Evans
356 pages

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Offering a range of insightful and thought-provoking critical perspectivesfrom publishing history to genre narrative to socio-political contextsthis comprehensive study of Caribbean short stories across the 20th century details the integral role the form has played in the region’s literary traditions and cultural production.

Including single author studies as well as more wide-ranging explorations of particular periods and locales, this collection of 25 essays provides insight into a broad selection of short fiction from across the Caribbean’s linguistic zones. The essays in this resource are complemented by an extensive literary and critical bibliography and a detailed, accessible introduction.