Category Archives: South America

Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo

Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo translated by Edith Grossman Atlantic, 2010; first published in Spain 2006 Reviewed at Petrona, October 2011.

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All Yours by Claudia Pineiro

All Yours by Claudia Piñeiro translated by Miranda France Bitter Lemon Press, 2011 (first published in Argentina 2006) Reviewed at Petrona, October 2011.

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Sweet Money by Ernesto Mallo

Sweet Money by Ernesto Mallo translated by Katherine Silver Bitter Lemon Press, 2011 Reviewed at Petrona, July 2011.

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December Heat by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Translator Benjamin Moser First published in Portuguese 1998; first published in English 2005. In the winter heat of Rio de Janeiro, a young homeless boy witnesses an insensible drunk being helped into a car outside a restaurant late at night. … Continue reading

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American Visa by Juan de Recacoechea

American Visa Translated by Adrian Althoff. Publisher, Akashic Books, 2007 (first published in Spanish, 1994). A taxi grinds to a halt in the middle of crammed street parties and demonstrations in downtown La Paz, Bolivia, and Mario Alvarez disembarks. Alvarez is searching … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Rain, by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

The Silence of the Rain: A Detective Espinosa Mystery (Inspector Espinoza Mysteries) Translated by Benjamin Moser Picador, 2003. First published in Brazil, 1998. I like mysteries in which the reader knows more than the detective, as one can see how … Continue reading

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Needle in a Haystack, by Ernesto Mallo

Needle in a Haystack Translated by Jethro Soutar. Inspector Lascano lives in Buenos Aires in the 1970s, at the time of the military dictatorship. It was a terrible regime, first encountered by me in book form in Isabelle Allende’s marvellous … Continue reading

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No-one Loves a Policeman, by Guillermo Orsi

No-one Loves a Policeman No-One Loves a Policeman By Guillermo Orsi, translated from the (Argentinian) Spanish by Nick CaistorMacLehose Press (Quercus), May 2010.  Pablo Martelli, known as Gotán, is retired from the police force (“the National Shame”) in Buenos Aires, and … Continue reading

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Thursday Night Widows, by Claudia Pinerio

  Thursday Night Widows Translated by Miranda France  Thursday Night Widows is a remarkable novel.  Without taking any editorial or judgemental line on the characters it describes, it relates the story of some wealthy Argentinian families who live in an … Continue reading

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