Latin American Fiction

Fiction by writers of Latin America and of Latin-American descent.
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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie #20 & 42 are the sam book


message 2: by Manuel (new)

Manuel #20 and #42 are the same book. I coincide.


message 3: by Caroline (new)

Caroline #19 is repeated as part of #51


message 4: by Julie (new)

Julie Distant StarBy Night in Chile These belong on this list


message 5: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider Julie, anyone can add books to a list by clicking "add books to this list" at the top of the list.


message 6: by Julie (new)

Julie Jessica wrote: "Julie, anyone can add books to a list by clicking "add books to this list" at the top of the list."

Thanks!


message 7: by Juan (new)

Juan Saramago is portuguese, he shouldn't be in this list


message 8: by Angel (new)

Angel Juan wrote: "Saramago is portuguese, he shouldn't be in this list"

I can see that, but he also gets read in translation in Spanish enough he could "squeeze" in.


message 9: by Julie (new)

Julie Veronika Decides to Die is about a Slovenian woman in Slovenia, not even close to being about Latino/Latina culture ???


message 10: by Fiona (last edited Nov 25, 2013 05:48AM) (new)

Fiona Hurley Latino/Latina is a cultural designation, not a race. You can be white and Latino, black and Latino, mixed race and Latino....
The equivalent of "Latino/Latina fiction" is not "books for white people" but "Scandinavian fiction", "Irish fiction", "Indian fiction", "South African fiction" etc.


message 11: by Cinda (new)

Cinda MacKinnon There are a number of books that have nothing to do with Latino fiction and should be removed. Some great books (Memoirs of a Geisha and Empire Falls etc) but they belong on another list - NOT this one!


message 12: by Cinda (new)

Cinda MacKinnon Is there a MULTICULTURAL list?


message 13: by Ladynight (new)

Ladynight How is "Demons & Angels" a latina/latino Fiction?


message 14: by DIONISIO (new)

DIONISIO DE LA VIÑA There is a Nazi placing books on this list. There are several books titled Mein Kempf authored by different people. How are these books removed?


message 15: by Katie (new)

Katie Gatto Never realized so many great books were written by latinos!


message 16: by DIONISIO (new)

DIONISIO DE LA VIÑA Katie: What is listed here is only the tip of the iceberg. I will get more involved with this list because it looks like there are many mistakes. I'm still waiting to hear from someone as to how to remove trash that ill-meaning souls have placed there.


message 17: by Debaparna (new)

Debaparna How come Angels and Demons by Dan Brown is being counted as magical realist?


message 18: by DIONISIO (new)

DIONISIO DE LA VIÑA I haven't read Dan Brown but there are a lot of books written outside the Latin@ world which are considered magical realism fiction. Although, MR was mastered by the likes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Juan Rulfo and so many other Latino writers, MR was taken by writers from all over the world (Salman Rushdie is a case in point).


message 19: by Debaparna (new)

Debaparna Dionisio wrote: "I haven't read Dan Brown but there are a lot of books written outside the Latin@ world which are considered magical realism fiction. Although, MR was mastered by the likes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez..."

Yes I understand that. But there's no way Dan Brown's works can be classified as magical realism. One can call them thriller, crime, detective, fiction, pulp fiction, spy mystery, et cetera. But not magical realist.


message 20: by DIONISIO (new)

DIONISIO DE LA VIÑA Ok, you got me there since I'm not familiar with D. Brown's books. I've seen the movies and judging by that alone I can see how someone might jump to the conclusion that his writings contains MR elements. Now, as a separate question is Dan Brown in the Latina/Latino Fiction list? If that is so, it would be a mistake. If not, where did you see Dan Brown with the MR literature?


message 21: by Debaparna (new)

Debaparna It's here in the Latina/Latino list - Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Its on the first page of the list, title no. 94.


message 22: by DIONISIO (new)

DIONISIO DE LA VIÑA Ok, so the main problem is not whether or not Angels and Demons is a MR novel, the problem is that no work by Dan Brown belongs on this list. What is Latino about him or Angels and Demons? No. 94 needs to be removed at once from the list, but I see that the list is in dire need of a serious "spring cleaning." Are you up to the task? We can work together at this, if you wish.


message 23: by Sara (new)

Sara Reis I have removed some books from this list that have nothing to do with the title of the list.


message 24: by Bridget (new)

Bridget Devil's Highway is NON-fiction...


message 25: by J.L. (new)

J.L. Torres Most of these books are written by Latin American writers, not Latina/o authors. The difference is nuanced and problematic, but there is an equally significant difference between writers from South and Central America, and Mexico, and those writers of Latin American or Hispanic ancestry writing in the United States, i.e. Latina/o writers, who typically write in English and not Spanish.


Hombrequemiralaluna OK, people, let's try to get this straight:

-Latino/a is a term that refers to people of Latin American descent living in the US. Latin@ writers are American writers, and they write in English. People like Junot Diaz, Sandra Cisneros, Oscar Hijuelos or Julia Alvarez.

-Writers from Spain are Spanish. Writers from Portugal are Portuguese. They are not Latinos. They are European.

-Writers from Latin America who write in Spanish or Portuguese (or, minimally, in French, Dutch or English) are not latino writers, they are Latin American writers.

OK?


message 27: by Cinda (new)

Cinda MacKinnon Merriam Webster defines Latino as "a native or inhabitant of Latin America. : a person of Latin-American origin"....however your name suggests you may be on top of the common usage... or perhaps more politically correct. I grew up in Latin America and have always used to term as defined above so am interested.


message 28: by J.L. (new)

J.L. Torres Cinda wrote: "Merriam Webster defines Latino as "a native or inhabitant of Latin America. : a person of Latin-American origin"....however your name suggests you may be on top of the common usage... or perhaps mo..."

Merriam Webster has as a second definition, the following: 2 : a person of Latin-American origin living in the United States.

Personally, I think MW should update their dictionary to reflect that their second definition is the most common at this historical moment.


message 29: by Cinda (new)

Cinda MacKinnon reply to J.L : good idea :)


message 30: by BookLovingLady (last edited Apr 07, 2015 02:00PM) (new)

BookLovingLady What is La mano de Fátima (#285) by Ildefonso Falcones doing on this list? The author is Spanish, as far as I know, not Latin American...


message 31: by Kaion (new)

Kaion It does seem that the OP and most of the voters have interpreted Latino/a to mean both Merriam Webster definitions, though others only accept the 2nd definition. I may edit the title and summary of the list to better reflect this.


message 32: by BookLovingLady (last edited Oct 24, 2015 12:52AM) (new)

BookLovingLady As Latin America also includes the Caribbean (see Wikipedia, for instance), I've added some titles for both Caribbean and Central and South American authors :-)

@Jessica
According to Wikipedia, the contemporary meaning of the use 'Latin America' differs a bit, depending on whether you are living in the USA or not...


message 33: by Leonardo (last edited May 08, 2017 10:07PM) (new)

Leonardo This list (most of it at least) is not by Latino/Latina authors (some could say now "Latinx"). There is a sharp (academic, albeit not less real or useful) distinction between "Latin American" and "Latino/a" as applied to...whatever.


message 34: by BookLovingLady (last edited May 08, 2017 11:10PM) (new)

BookLovingLady Leonardo wrote: "This list (most of it at least) is not by Latino/Latina authors (some could say now "Latinx"). There is a sharp (academic, albeit not less real or useful) distinction between "Latin American" and "..."

The description says "Fiction by writers of Latin America and of Latin-American descent" which is what I went for...


message 35: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Woah americans are trying to apropiate the term latino....


message 36: by J.L. (last edited Aug 22, 2018 02:26PM) (new)

J.L. Torres Booklovinglady wrote: "Leonardo wrote: "This list (most of it at least) is not by Latino/Latina authors (some could say now "Latinx"). There is a sharp (academic, albeit not less real or useful) distinction between "Lati..."

Then, perhaps that should be your title and not "Latina/o Fiction." The term Latina/o, by the way, has now been replaced by Latinx within the academic world which studies fields related to people of Latin-American descent residing in the US. It is a new term meant to incorporate emerging gender issues.


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message 38: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Alva wrote: "When I Was Puerto Rican is a memoir."

Which number?


message 39: by Alva (new)

Alva Booklovinglady wrote: "Alva wrote: "When I Was Puerto Rican is a memoir."

Which number?"


#25.

Please remove Paula (#29) for the same reason. Thanks!


message 40: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Alva wrote: "Booklovinglady wrote: "Alva wrote: "When I Was Puerto Rican is a memoir."

Which number?"

#25.

Please remove Paula (#29) for the same reason. Thanks!"


Done.


message 41: by George P. (last edited Oct 03, 2018 08:15AM) (new)

George P. Please remove Water for Elephants (#101), The Old Man and the Sea (155) and Our Man in Havana (138), I've read them and they are not written by Latin American writers- Water for Elephants doesn't even have anything to do with Latin America.


message 42: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady George wrote: "Please remove Water for Elephants (#101), The Old Man and the Sea (155) and Our Man in Havana (138), I've read them and they are not written by Latin American writers- Water for Elephants doesn't even have anything to do with Latin America. ..."

Removed.


message 43: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie #200 The shadow of the wind was written by a spanish author, not a Latin American one. This book must be removed from this list.


message 44: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Stephanie wrote: "#200 The shadow of the wind was written by a spanish author, not a Latin American one. This book must be removed from this list."

The Shadow of the Wind has been removed.


message 45: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Booklovinglady wrote: "Stephanie wrote: "#200 The shadow of the wind was written by a spanish author, not a Latin American one. This book must be removed from this list."

The Shadow of the Wind has been remo..."


Same with #149 The time in between


message 46: by Jonathanrb (new)

Jonathanrb The Labyrinth of Solitude, (currently #68), magnificent a book as it is, is non-fiction.


message 47: by Susie (new)

Susie Saldana does anyone know of any erotic books set in latin america? romance novels set in latino america?


message 48: by George P. (new)

George P. #163 The Power and the Glory is a great book, but written by an Englishman, Graham Greene. It is set in Mexico.


message 49: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady George P. wrote: "#163 The Power and the Glory is a great book, but written by an Englishman, Graham Greene. It is set in Mexico."

Removed.


message 50: by Luis (new)

Luis Yrisson Hola a tod@s! L@s invito a leer mi libro y a votarlo para incluirlo en la lista

Las Ruinas en el Lago


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