5 from the Archive is the brain child of Simon from Stuck-in-a-Book who invited us to use his idea if we so wished. And I do, now that the blogosphere is concentrating on Spanish language literature thanks to the hosting of Spanish Literature Month by Stu of Winston’s Dad and Richard of Caravana De Recuerdos. I haven’t read much Spanish literature but the little that I have read and reviewed here is very good indeed. So, if you’re looking for something to read this July, I heartily recommend the following. Listed in chronological date of the English language publication. Links are to my original reviews.
1) Chronicle of A Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Columbia)
English Translation 1981
A contemporary classic in which the ending is given away in the title without lessening the shock at all.
2) No Word from Gurb – Eduardo Mendoza (Spain)
English translation 2007
Comic brilliance. Perfect for an olympic year. Barcelona, whilst preparing for the 1992 Olympics, is invaded by aliens. You’ll never look at Madonna in the same way again!
3) Child’s Play – Carmen Posadas (Uruguay)
English translation 2008
A satiric mystery examining the uncomfortable question: can a child really be born evil?
4) Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablo Villabolos (Mexico)
English translation 2011
Precocious child narrator chronicles his reality and unwittingly reveals the horror of being a drug baron’s son.
5) The Scent of Lemon Leaves – Clara Sanchez (Spain)
English translation 2012
A meditation of the past and a reconciliation with the present as a geriatic concentration camp survivor continues his hunt for former Nazis on the Costa del Sol.
Which Spanish literature would you recommend me to read?