Best Caribbean & Latin American Literature Books

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1. The Tide Between Us (The O'Neill Trilogy)

Author: by Ms Olive Collins
English
370 pages
1838530568

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1821: After the landlord of Lugdale Estate in Kerry is assassinated, young Art O’Neill’s innocent father is hanged and Art is deported to the cane fields of Jamaica as an indentured servant. On Mangrove Plantation he gradually acclimatises to the exotic country and unfamiliar customs of the African slaves, and achieves a kind of contentment.

When the new heirs to the plantation arrive from Ireland they resurrect the ghosts of brutal injustices against Art. He bides his time and hides his abhorrence from his owners. During those years he prospers, he sees his coloured children freed after emancipation, he owns land and his family thrive.

Eventually he is promised seven gold coins when he finishes his service, but he doubts his master will part with the coins. One hundred years later in Ireland, a skeleton is discovered beneath a fallen tree on the grounds of Lugdale Estate.

By its side is a gold coin minted in 1870. Yseult, the owner of the estate, watches as events unfold, fearful of the long-buried truths that may emerge about her family’s past and its links to the slave trade. As the skeleton gives up its secrets, Yseult realises she too can no longer hide.


2. Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Author: by Gabriel García Márquez
140003471X
Vintage
English

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A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents.

Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it?

The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society-not just a pair of murderersis put on trial.


3. Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club)

Author: by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Vintage
English
368 pages

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“A love story of astonishing power.” – Newsweek The International Bestseller and modern literary classic by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia MarquezIn their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic.

As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs-yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.


4. Collected Fictions

Author: by Jorge Luis Borges
English
565 pages
0140286802

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For the first time in English, all the fiction by the writer who has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century collected in a single volumeA Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition From Jorge Luis Borges’s 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity, through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display his talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

Together these incomparable works comprise the perfect one-volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges, and a superb introduction to the master’s work for those who have yet to discover this singular genius.


5. The Alchemist

Author: by Paulo Coelho
0061122416
HarperOne
English

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.


6. The Pilgrimage (Plus)

Author: by Paulo Coelho
0061687456
HarperOne
English

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In 1986, Paulo Coelho walked the 500-mile Road of Santiago, an ancient Spanish pilgrimage, and his journey inspired this novel. As he follows the legendary road traveled by pilgrims of San Tiago since the Middle Ages, Coelho’s experiences and his mentor’s teachings combine to impart the spiritual wisdom that is the true purpose of his journey.


7. One Hundred Years of Solitude

Author: by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
0060531045
HarperCollins
English

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One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and womenbrimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soulthis novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.


8. Gabo y Mercedes: una despedida / A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes (Spanish Edition)

Author: by Rodrigo Garcia Barcha
Spanish
144 pages

‎ 1644733951

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La crnica ntima de los ltimos das de un genio. En marzo de 2014, Gabriel Garca Mrquez, probablemente el escritor ms querido en lengua espaola del siglo XX, ya anciano y enfermo, cay resfriado. De esta no salimos, le dijo Mercedes Barcha, su esposa desde haca ms de cincuenta aos, a Rodrigo, el hijo de ambos.

Estas pginas son la crnica ms ntima y honesta de los ltimos das de un genio, escrita con la asombrosa precisin y la distancia justa de un testigo de excepcin: el propio Rodrigo. As vemos el lado ms humano de un personaje universal y de la mujer en la que se fij cuando era una nia de nueve aos, que le acompa toda la vida y que apenas le sobrevivi unos aos, entreverado de recuerdos de una vida irrepetible.

La ms hermosa despedida al hijo del telegrafista y su esposa. ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONThis is the intimate account of a great genius’ last days. In March 2014, Gabriel Garca Mrquez, probably the most beloved Spanish language writer of the 20th century, at that time elderly and ill, came down with a cold.


9. The Savage Detectives: A Novel

Author: by Roberto Bolano
Picador (March 4, 2008)
English
656 pages

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The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age. National BestsellerNew Year’s Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala.

Their quest: to track down the obscure, vanished poet Cesrea Tinajero. A violent showdown in the Sonora desert turns search to flight; twenty years later Belano and Lima are still on the run. The explosive first long work by “the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” (Ilan Stavans, Los Angeles Times), The Savage Detectives follows Belano and Lima through the eyes of the people whose paths they cross in Central America, Europe, Israel, and West Africa.

This chorus includes the muses of visceral realism, the beautiful Font sisters; their father, an architect interned in a Mexico City asylum; a sensitive young follower of Octavio Paz; a foul-mouthed American graduate student; a French girl with a taste for the Marquis de Sade; the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky; a Chilean stowaway with a mystical gift for numbers; the anorexic heiress to a Mexican underwear empire; an Argentinian photojournalist in Angola; and assorted hangers-on, detractors, critics, lovers, employers, vagabonds, real-life literary figures, and random acquaintances.

10. Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption

Author: by Paulo Coelho
0061124265
HarperOne
English

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Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everythingyouth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up.

But she doesat a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live. Inspired by events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal.

Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

11. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Spanish and English Edition)

Author: by Pablo Neruda
Penguin Classics
Spanish, English
60 pages

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The most popular work by Chile’s Nobel Prize-winning poet, and the subject of Pablo Larran’s acclaimed feature film Neruda starring Gael Garca BernalA Penguin ClassicWhen it appeared in 1924, this work launched into the international spotlight a young and unknown poet whose writings would ignite a generation.W.S.

Merwin’s incomparable translation faces the original Spanish text. Now in a black-spine Classics edition with an introduction by Cristina Garcia, this book stands as an essential collection that continues to inspire lovers and poets around the world. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

12. Brother, I'm Dying (Vintage Contemporaries)

Author: by Edwidge Danticat
Vintage
English
288 pages

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for AutobiographyA National Book Award FinalistA New York Times Notable BookFrom the age of four, award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her second father, when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America.

And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and youngest brothers in New York City. As Edwidge made a life in a new country, adjusting to being far away from so many who she loved, she and her family continued to fear for the safety of those still in Haiti as the political situation deteriorated.

In 2004, they entered into a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. Brother I’m Dying is an astonishing true-life epic, told on an intimate scale by one of our finest writers.

13. The Labyrinth of Solitude: The Other Mexico, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, Mexico and the United States, the Philanthropic Ogre (Winner of the Nobel Prize)

Author: by Octavio Paz
Grove Press
English
398 pages

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Octavio Paz has long been acknowledged as Mexico’s foremost writer and critic. In this international classic, Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture. Compared to Ortega y Gasset’s The Revolt of the Masses for its trenchant analysis, this collection contains his most famous work, “The Labyrinth of Solitude,” a beautifully written and deeply felt discourse on Mexico’s quest for identity that gives us an unequalled look at the country hidden behind “the mask.” Also included are “The Other Mexico,” “Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude,” “Mexico and the United States,” and “The Philanthropic Ogre,” all of which develop the themes of the title essay and extend his penetrating commentary to the United States and Latin America.

14. Labyrinths (New Directions Paperbook)

Author: by Jorge Luis Borges
New Directions

English
240 pages

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The classic by Latin America’s finest writer of the twentieth centurya true literary sensationwith an introduction by cyber-author William Gibson. The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century.

Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco’s international bestseller, The Name of the Rose, is, on one level, an elaborate improvisation on Borges’ fiction “The Library,” which American readers first encountered in the original 1962 New Directions publication of Labyrinths.

This new edition of Labyrinths, the classic representative selection of Borges’ writing edited by Donald A.Yates and James E. Irby (in translations by themselves and others), includes the text of the original edition (as augmented in 1964) as well as Irby’s biographical and critical essay, a poignant tribute by Andr Maurois, and a chronology of the author’s life.

15. The Aleph and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Jorge Luis Borges
Penguin Classics
English
224 pages

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Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges’s most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father’s killer, and a man awaiting his assassin in a Buenos Aires guest house.

This volume also contains the hauntingly brief vignettes about literary imagination and personal identity collected in The Maker, which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public fame began to undermine his sense of self. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

16. The Fifth Mountain: A Novel

Author: by Paulo Coelho
HarperOne
English
288 pages

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In the ninth century b.C., the Phoenician princess Jezebel orders the execution of all the prophets who refuse to worship the pagan god Baal. Commanded by an angel of God to flee Israel, Elijah seeks safety in the land of Zarephath, where he unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow.

But this newfound rapture is to be cut short, and Elijah sees all of his hopes and dreams irrevocably erased as he is swept into a whirlwind of events that threatens his very existence. Written with the same masterful prose and clarity of vision that made The Alchemist an international phenomenon, The Fifth Mountain is a quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must triumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trial of faith.