The greatest revelation in the Spanish language

13 04 2018

100 COVERS OF GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ’S ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE

Pablo Neruda once called Gabriel García Márquez’s 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude “perhaps the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since the Don Quixote of Cervantes.” Now a beloved classic for millions, and the defining pinnacle of magical realist literature, the novel traces the Buendía family over seven generations spent in their fictional hometown of Macondo—founded in the Colombian rainforest by their patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía—which is reportedly based on Márquez’s own hometown of Aracataca, near the northern coast of Colombia. For a while it is a kind of utopia, though a strange one, but eventually, the encroachment of the outside world destroys everything the Buendías have built. This is a lush, descriptive, and relentlessly irreal novel, and as such, its cover treatments have varied wildly over the years. Below, I’ve selected one hundred different covers used for One Hundred Years of Solitude, published around the world between 1967 and 2018. The only question is: which one is the best?

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Great American Authors

29 10 2016

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Great American authors in the broad sense of the word. Caribbean writers and writers from Latin America are included. So a diverse perspective on American authors, for once.

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The First 10 out of 100 Must-read Second Novels

29 10 2016

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The first ten of the 100 must-read second novels. Not the debut, but the follow-ups. And I must say some of these I’ve read are amazing. Pride & Prejudice I’ve read in my teens and I find it still enticing. And In Time of the Butterflies, brings me to the reality of our region of the Caribbean. Which is your favorite one?

  1. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
  2. At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
  3. The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
  4. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Álvarez
  5. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  8. Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  9. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  10. The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman

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INFOGRAPHIC: Who Influenced Who?

29 10 2016

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Source: GalleyCat





Infographic: the Author Behind the Pseudonym

4 05 2016

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Source: GalleyCat





Interview with Helen Oyeyemi on Her New Work

4 05 2016

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Author Helen Oyeyemi on the Politics—or Not—of Writing Black Female Characters

In Helen Oyeyemi’s new short story collection, “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours,” keys aren’t always, well, the key. We spoke to the 31-year-old fiction writer about the book, her nomadic lifestyle, and whether she considers her work political.

The Ibadan-born, London-raised, Prague-inclined fiction writer Helen Oyeyemi is currently living in Lexington, Kentucky, a city that greeted her January arrival with an ice storm. (“Quite unnerving.”) Oyeyemi, whose sixth work of fiction and first book of short stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, was published by Riverhead this month, is in town for a residency at the University of Kentucky. Oyeyemi is notoriously nomadic—she spent her 20s going from European capital to European capital, looking for a city she “could be in a relationship with”—and I expected the dreamy yet very much cosmopolitan author to be a little out of her depth in Appalachia.

But the dreaminess she brings to her fiction, which draws from a variety of mythological traditions, seems to carry into her life as well. “I find it quite hard for the place I’m physically in to make a dent on my mind,” she told me over the phone. “It might actually be because I read so much that I’m already in other places, so it’s just a difficulty in even knowing where I am at any given time.”

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Caribbean Novel Headed to the Big Screen

8 07 2015

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Curaçao author Frank Martinus Arion’s internationally acclaimed Dutch-language novel Double Play (Dubbelspel) will be made into a feature film from director Ernest Dickerson (Juice, The Wire).

Double Play is set in Curaçao during the 1970s, during the turbulent transition from Dutch colonial rule to self-governance. The story follows a game of dominoes that takes up a full day, and the fates of four men are revealed through a journey of love, loss and betrayal, all amid social, political and sexual rivalries.

Published in 1973, Double Play received the Netherlands’ prestigious Van der Hoogt Prize, and remains one of the most acclaimed examples of Caribbean literature to this day.

Doube Play can be purcased at BookIsh Plaza in the original Dutch version an in Papiamento.