…I don’t think I’m watching FamGuy again. The good shows are dying nowadays. First Futurama and now American Dad. All I have left now is Bob’s Burgers. Fuck you, Brian Griffin. Fucking goddamn you to hell. Vinnie was much cooler than you, you fucking neoliberal ass.
DO. NOT. DISAPPOINT. ME. BELCHERS.
I think that asking someone what their “view” is of literature is probably not the right thing to ask. Views are what you have on politics, philosophy, and religion; not so much on literature. But I guess my view on Latin American literature is that it’s important and inspiring, and also that there is not enough of it to be found in most bookstores. I view it as annoying that in some places, you’ll only find it on two shelves in the specially marked section, in the back, next to the two-shelf LGBT section and the two-shelf African-American section and the two-shelf Asian-American section and so forth. Most of my viewing of Latin American authors is done via the Internet or their author photos on the dust jackets.
Julia Alvarez (In the Time of the Butterflies), Sandra Cisneros (The House on Mango Street), Pablo Neruda (tons of poetry), Francisco Hinojosa (Hectic Ethics), Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits), and Gabriel Garcia Marquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude) are the ones I have on my bookshelf. Here is a list of books Goodreads came up with to cover for my appalling lack.
Unfortunately, I am also lacking in Latin American author advice. Anyone have any books or articles I could add?
From the ask box:
Anonymous: On Latin american books: Brazil has lots of interesting classicals such as Machado de Assis (anything by him, but specially The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas, Quincas Borba and Sir Dour). Nowadays fantastical literature has grown and Raphael Draccon is an author that can be found in some countries in America or Europe.
mctumblovin said: The book specifically on writing as in advice for writers that I can think of by a Latin American novelist would be Letters to a Young Novelist by Mario Vargas Llosa. Also, The Paris Review does excellent long writer interviews which are some of the best places I know of to learn about writing from, with interviews with everyone from Nabokov and Hemingway etc through to current authors like Jonathan Franzen or Jeffrey Eugenides, and that includes a lot of authors from all over the world including Latin American ones, so you can look up specific author interviews there. They’re all free online last I knew of, and also available in compiled volumes.
I think that what the person that asked the question meant whether there were any Latino authors you guys enjoyed.
Someone in a reblog said that Latin American fiction is very intense and not everyone’s cup of tea. As a graduate student of Creative Writing at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, I wholeheartedly agree. One of the core aspects with Latino fiction and non-fiction is that it’s very emotional and motivation-driven. Sadly, this usually ends returning to politics or rejecting any kind of foreign influence- especially American. But fortunately, that is in the minority.
I can definitely mention a few Latino authors of importance (for the record, I really cannot accept Junot Díaz’s fiction or style). Luis López Nieves, Julio Cortázar, Elidio Latorre-Lagares, Mario Vargas Llosa, Emilio del Carril, Octavio Paz, Benito Pérez Galdós, Juan Rulfo and Miguel de Unamuno are highly recommended, in my opinion.