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An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
3.93
it was amazing
Holy crap, this is a masterpiece. A tiny, weird, 87 page masterpiece. Aira's portrait of Rugendas has an easy going, almost flat tone to it. Which mig ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2012
 
Blow-Up and Other Stories
4.23
it was amazing
Cortazar's craft as a short story writer is staggering. Even when I wasn't completely engaged by the characters and situations, it was hard not to be ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
The Invention of Morel
4.05
it was amazing
God, how are Argentine writers so good at this? This is a pensive, endlessly mysterious little tale about a fugitive hiding out on an Island where...n ...more
not set
May 04, 2014
 
Other Inquisitions, 1937-1952
4.36
it was amazing
Borges is always great for providing an intellectual recharge, for getting you excited about reading and thinking about reading, especially in his ess ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
Last Evenings on Earth
4.10
it was amazing
It's been a few years since I've read any Bolano (2666 left me scarred), so I figured it was time to plunge back in. The ominous, aimlessly wandering ...more
not set
May 30, 2015
 
Senselessness
3.86
it was amazing
While the obvious comparisons to Thomas Bernhard are there, this is a spleenful, paranoid monologue with a character all its own. Moya skitters betwee ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
 
Pedro Páramo
4.04
it was amazing
Rulfo's narrative technique is incredibly delicate. He moves between numerous lives (and afterlives) in a small village. Everyone in this book seems h ...more
not set
Apr 27, 2012
 
2666
4.20
it was amazing
2666 isn't a book that progresses as much as it slowly accretes. The individual parts, and the dizzying, multiple layers of stories, anecdotes and dre ...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
 
A Tale of Two Gardens
4.07
it was amazing
It's been years since I've read Paz, and his poetry is just as strong as I remember.

In fact I'm going to go out on a limb and say that no modern poet
...more
Aug 07, 2016
Aug 07, 2016
 
The Insufferable Gaucho
3.84
really liked it
This is kind of a hodgepodge collection, five short stories and two essays. The title piece and longest story doesn't feel like anything else Bolano e ...more
Apr 07, 2016
Apr 07, 2016
 
Varamo
3.75
it was amazing
Aira's ability to create these surreal, domestic little fabulations seems to have no end. He blends melodrama, farce, technical data and latin America ...more
not set
Jul 03, 2012
 
Hopscotch
4.25
it was amazing
Ordinarily I wouldn't go for a 'read it in whatever order you want' kind of set up, but I'll be damned if the chapter sequence that Cortazar recommend ...more
not set
May 10, 2010
 
Ghosts
3.67
it was amazing
Aira's ability to sketch out the entire domestic life of a bunch of migrant workers living in an unfinished apartment complex as a masterful act of co ...more
not set
May 24, 2012
 
The Literary Conference
3.73
it was amazing
I couldn't keep track of the number of times my jaw dropped from shocked delight while reading this little...thing. Aira just sort of operates in his ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
 
The Hour of the Star
3.97
did not like it
While Lispector certainly has an odd, idiosyncratic style, it feels more like she just sort of co-opted her metaphysical ruminations from writers like ...more
not set
Oct 13, 2012
 
The Private Lives of Trees
3.75
really liked it
At first it just seemed too precious, too cutely domestic to go anywhere, or to really care about

But Zambra jumps back and forward in time, with breat
...more
Aug 06, 2016
Aug 06, 2016
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.89
really liked it
I was fortunate enough to hear some guy named Junot Diaz speak in Iowa City last September before this book became huge. I didn't know who the hell he ...more
not set
Dec 11, 2008
 
The Savage Detectives
4.09
really liked it
Not much seems to happen aside from a continuous cycle of sex, travel, talking about books, failure, etc. Yet I have to say, loosing oneself in the mi ...more
not set
Dec 20, 2010
 
The Seamstress and the Wind
3.75
it was amazing
Aira is one of the most consistently beguiling, delightful writers I've come across, and while maybe this isn't quite as completely brilliant as 'Scen ...more
not set
Mar 06, 2012
 
Cronopios and Famas
4.29
it was amazing
This is a wonderfully odd little collection of half things. The delightful instruction manuals, the weird family recollections, everything he writes a ...more
not set
Apr 30, 2012
 
Selected Poems
4.23
really liked it
Another incredible, transcendent collection of Paz's work. Though there is a lot of overlap between this and the configurations collection, there are ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
 
The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira
3.71
liked it
This is probably the most philosophically dense of Aira's short little wonders I've read. I don't think more than maybe 5-6 pages of it are in anyway ...more
Jun 04, 2016
Jun 05, 2016
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
really liked it
I've been meaning to get around to this book for years. It really in an incredible piece of work. Marquez creates a microcosm for an entire culture in ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
 
Drown
4.05
it was amazing
As my only prior experience reading Diaz is his delightful novel, "The Brief Wonderous life of Oscar Wao" I was surprised to discover just how strong ...more
not set
Jan 23, 2013
 
Distant Star
3.91
really liked it
This is the first Bolano book I've read that feels like it's explicitly about Chile and not Latin America as a whole. Alberto Ruiz Tagle is a terrifyi ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
 
By Night in Chile
3.86
it was amazing
A fevered nightmare. There are parts of this where Sebastian's memories bleed into and through each other with the same richness and force that some o ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
 
Nazi Literature in the Americas
3.86
it was amazing
Bolano seems like someone who turned making fun of doomed, marginal writers into a sort of science. The venal, pathetic right wingers and the world th ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
 
The Aleph and Other Stories
4.39
it was amazing
A lot of these are also in Labyrinth's, but it was a pleasure to go through them again and to be reminded of the wonderful way that Borges makes these ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2010
 
Labyrinths:  Selected Stories and Other Writings
4.46
it was amazing
This is really an incredible collection. The musings on memory, time, history, and identity, the mystical micro-realities he crafts in just a few brie ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 18, 2009
 
A Universal History of Iniquity
3.98
really liked it
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Mar 14, 2009
Mar 12, 2009